Heart-Smart Granola Bar "Cookies"

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I'm always looking for new breakfast recipes and I recently came across these. Chocolate, cherries and oatmeal? Where do I sign up?

I opted to go the "cute route" and cut these into heart shapes with a cookie cutter. In a 9x13 dish, I got 7 heart cookies with what I believe is a 2 1/2 inch heart. (I'm too lazy to get up and go measure it). I also used a smaller maybe 1 inch cookie cutter to cut out smaller hearts.



Heart-Smart Granola Bar "Cookies"
Source: The Jey of Cooking
Servings: depends on cut
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Ingredients:
    • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
    • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt 
    • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
    • 1 cup dried cherries
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    • 3 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Combine oats, flours, flax seed, baking soda and salt together in the bowl of your stand mixer.
3. Over low heat, melt the butter, then remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar until smooth.
4. Add the sugar mixture to your mixer and beat until well blended.
5. Add the cherries, egg, vanilla and nutmeg and mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate by hand.
6. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. Allow to cool partially before cutting into bars or using cookie cutters to cut out shapes.



The only way I can think of to describe this is to tell you to picture adding chocolate chip cookie dough to an oatmeal cookie and then mixing in dried cherries. These were absolutely delicious! I cut hearts out of mine and had them for breakfast each morning. 

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