Basically a granookie is half chewy granola bar, half cookie. Make sense now? The granookie was spawned after I began making a cookie recipe I had found, realized I didn't have half the right ingredients, and so created something unique and definitely yummy.
The nice thing about these is, they're very adaptable (that's starting to become a theme for me, I think . . . . what can I say? I like versatility in cooking!). You could totally add a little of this and leave out a little of that and have your own unique granookie.
I just like saying that word. Granookie. Granookie, granookie, granookie.
Ahem. Moving on . . . .
Another nice feature about these? They're completely gluten free! That's right, 100% no gluten. That means they're healthy. Very healthy. Packed full of protein, fiber, and . . . yumminess! What's not to love?
Disclaimer: because they are so healthy, they are not super sweet . . . there's no added sugar. If you like things a little sweeter, try adding 1/2 cup or so of some honey or raw sugar. That should help make them even more delicious. Since I was making these as a snack, we wanted them to be a little healthier, so I left the sweetener out. Again, totally adaptable to what you'd like. :)
Okay, okay, enough about granookies! Here's the recipe:
Makes about 2 dozen
3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or plain applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
3 cups oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped dates
Mix the bananas and yogurt in a stand up blender for a minute or two, until well combined. Next add the peanut butter, again until just combined. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves, and blend well. Then add one at a time the oats, chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, and dates, each mixing in until just combined.
Scoop out rounded spoonfuls onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until they are started to golden on top. Let cool, and enjoy.
(I kept mine in the fridge so they would last longer, not that that helped, since we ate them so quickly! They are probably perfectly fine left out too)