(Note: this post was originally published on May 31, 2020. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
Imagine the most delicious cookie. Now imagine if that cookie were actually good for you, made from essentially just fruit and nuts. No, this is not a dream- it's a Granola Almond Butter Adventure Cookie!
These cookies are without a doubt my new favorite treat. They're soft and decadent and nutty, with a perfectly chewy inside and a crunchy granola topping. They're thick, as any excellent cookie should be, and deeply satisfying.
But really, they're mostly just fruit and nuts! The dough is just dates, almond butter, and granola, with only the tiniest bit of maple syrup. So even though these certainly look and taste like cookies, the ingredients are better than most protein bars. Thanks to their nourishing ingredients and easily-portable nature, these are THE perfect treat for bringing on all your summer adventures.
I'm very excited to be bringing you this recipe in collaboration with True North Granola. True North is actually based in my hometown, and I remember when they started selling their amazing homemade granolas at the farmers' market. In the past decade they've blossomed into a very successful, diverse small business and have a wonderful line of delicious granolas and nut mixes to suit absolutely any diet. They even do online orders!
I'm not exaggerating when I say that I'm completely in love with this granola. Every single day, I walk down to our local food Co-Op and get a little container of True North Granola for lunch. Every day, rain or shine, hot or cold; it's a ritual. Their Go Nuts granola is my lunch of choice.
For these cookies, I chose to use True North's First Date granola because it's vegan and sweetened with only dates (genius!). It seemed like the perfect fit for these cookies, which also get their sweetness from dates. However, I think you could integrate any one of their granolas into these cookies with great success. The granola is both in the cookie dough itself and on top of the cookies, so you'll definitely want to make sure you have a top-notch product. The granola is truly the star of the show here.
Why have I named these "adventure cookies"? Because they'll be perfect for all your adventures! They're easily portable and can be munched with one hand as you walk, hike, browse the farmers market, paddle your canoe, ride your bike, etc. No need to tote around a bunch of complicated snacks.
Nutritionally speaking, these cookies are definitely adventure fuel too! They're loaded with protein and healthy fats thanks to the nutty granola and the almond butter, as well as fiber from the dates. I challenge you to find a protein bar that has simpler, more nourishing ingredients than these cookies.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
We'll definitely be bringing these cookies on all of our summer hikes. We might have them for breakfast too. And we'll certainly be having them for dessert (hint: warm them up in the microwave for 15 seconds and drizzle them with melty peanut butter and chocolate for a real dessert treat).
I think this recipe is excellent proof that cookies can be good for the body. Sure, our classic perception of a cookie is something laden with refined flour, lots of sugar, and butter or oil. But it doesn't have to be that way! These beauties are fruit-sweetened, high-protein, and made with only whole-food ingredients. They're great fuel for all your fun summer activities, and I'd argue that they're even tastier than a classic cookie.
I hope you'll give these a try! I've made three batches of them over the past couple weeks; I'm totally in love.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Disclosure: This recipe has been developed through a paid partnership with True North Granola. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.
These protein-packed, nourishing cookies are begging to be taken on all of your adventures! They get their sweetness from dates and their moisture from almond butter. Sounds like good adventure fuel to me!