Do you like chewy or crunchy? I’m a chewy kind of guy! Oh there are times when I will do crunchy – like when you want to dunk something in coffee – biscotti is a good example (really any biscuit – I’m also a dunker). But if I’m going to be having something on it’s own, give me chewy please. So here’s a recipe for delicious chewy breakfast cookies. They contain Chia seeds – yes remember the 70’s, the sheep that grew – who knew?! In any event, these are delicious. Chia seeds are a good source for fiber and protein – but there are way too many benefits to list in my kind of blog. Google it and you will see the origins, benefits, other uses etc. of this wonder seed. Oh I will use these again in other recipes so expect to see more of this wonder seed.

The recipe came about as I have these clients I make weekly meals for. I try to be creative with the menus and experimented with this. The feedback – big hit! How do you know it’s a big hit? First is the feedback – “Oh my goodness these are great”, the second is a re-order. Anytime an item is re-ordered, it’s a hit! So do try these breakfast/lunch/snack time cookies. They have a bunch of ingredients so yes, you may have to fill your pantry the first time you make them. The nice thing though, is that once you have filled your pantry with these items, just bag or group these items together, then every time you want to make them, just grab the bags and you have all the necessary ingredients for the cookies/bars at hand. No searching, no substituting – unless you want to, no running to the store for missing ingredients. Great any time of the day!

2 cups granola – any type you like
2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
3/4 cup chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, slivered almonds – or a combination totaling 3/4 cups
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut – don’t substitute sweetened
1 cup dried – cranberries, apples, craisins, currants or any combination totaling 1 cup of your favorite dried fruits – maybe some papaya or pineapple
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup Churn 84, melted and cooled
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Pre-heat the oven to 350f, line a large baking trays with parchment paper
Mix together the granola, chia seeds, nuts, carrot, coconut, dried fruit, flour, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
Whisk together melted Churn 84 and brown sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla
Pour egg mixture over granola mixture, stirring until thoroughly moistened – let stand for 15 minutes or until the batter has softened slightly
Using a tablespoon, drop a heaping spoonful onto parchment-paper-lined baking sheets – repeat
Bake for 10 minutes – note, the cookie is ready when it can move off the sheet without sticking to it. Your oven temperatures will vary, it may take more than 10 minutes so take a look at the 10 minute mark and decide accordingly
This makes about 20 cookies depending on the size
As always – enjoy!