There's granola, the delicious, crunchy cereal that we've all come to know and love, and then there's a granola, which Urban Dictionary ever so eloquently describes as: "An adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products." If being a granola is wrong, then I don't want to be right. These cookies are certainly fit for a granola, or anyone else who simply loves gooey yet crunchy, filling yet delicate, and refined but nostalgic vegan sweets.

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Peanut Butter Granola Cookies [Vegan]

Serves

30 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup organic dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  •  1/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups granola
  • 1/3 cup whole oats

Optional:

  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • Vegan nutella for frosting
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Preparation

  1. In large bowl, combine margarine and brown sugar, and beat until fluffy.
  2. Add in apple sauce, peanut butter, agave, and vanilla, and stir until combined.
  3. Make a well in the center of dough, and add flour, stirring until incorporated.
  4. Next, stir in granola, one cup at a time, and finally oats, until dough is solid enough to stay together. If dough is too loose, add another 1/4 cup of oats and 2 tablespoons of flour.
  5. Drop dough by tablespoon onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, until edges are just browned.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from sheet to cooling rack.


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