Hearty Granola Cookies full of healthy stuff

Servings: 24 serving(s)

Prep time: 25 minutes

Total time: 75 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

Take me to the recipe

granola cookies sm 2Granola was a big recess treat when I was little. It wasn’t that easy to eat out of a little bag but it was tasty and filling. This was in the mid 1970s when granola wasn’t mainstream and granola bars had yet to be invented.

I can’t recall what mom put in her granola, aside from rolled oats, but I do remember it was very sweet and buttery.

hearty granola cookies

My family’s first granola recipe came from a neighbour who got it from a friend in California.

That original recipe is long gone but this cookie recipe, given to me by a co-worker a decade ago, reminds me of it. They’re sweet and buttery and loaded with all sorts of good things.

School-friendly option: Replace the nuts with additional sunflower and pumpkin seeds and additional dried fruit.

Hearty Granola Cookie Recipe

Makes 24 cookies


  • ½ cup butter or coconut oil
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (GF if necessary)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries, raisins or currant
  • ½ cup toasted wheat germ (or ground flax for the GF version))
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ½ cup chopped cashews or hazelnuts
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl mix the oats with the nuts, seeds and coconut.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the brown sugar, molasses, honey, hot water, vanilla and salt.
  4. Stir until the mixture is smooth and the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Remove from heat and pour half over the dry mixture. Stir well then add remaining sugar mixture.
  6. Mix until fully combined. Cool a bit before stirring in chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop dough by tablespoonful and form into 3” cookies that are about half an inch thick. (Wet your fingers with cold water to keep the mixture from sticking to your hands as you form the cookies.)
  8. If you let the batter cool for a bit it will be a little stiffer and easier to shape. Make sure you smooth the sides.
  9. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Cool completely before moving them – they need to set.

Hearty Granola Cookies Nutritional info: Per cookie.

  •  Calories: 284
  • Fat: 15.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.9 mg
  • Sodium: 61.3 mg
  • Carbs: 32.5 g
  • Sugar: 16.4 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Fibre 4.2 g
  • Potassium 278 mg

Want to make them traditional granola bar style?

At step 2 throw all of the dry ingredients into the food processor and blend until everything is uniform. Scrape into a mixing bowl, add sugar/butter mixture and combine well. Stir in chocolate chips and press into a parchment-lined 9″x13″ metal pan. (Press as firmly as possible.) Bake at 350 F for about 35 min or until they’re golden around the edges. Cool completely before cutting.

hearty granola cookies

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7 thoughts on “Hearty Granola Cookies full of healthy stuff

  1. Terry O'Neill says:

    Your recipes look fabulous, going to try the Hearty Granola cookies, would love to do the Strawberry and Rhubarb compote. I always looking for new Healthy recipes to try.

    1. Thanks Terry. I hope you enjoy everything you make.

    2. Paul Bedford says:

      These are five star granola cookies, the real deal, and my family loved them. The only problem is the cooking time/temperature. A bit too high (at least in my oven), and about 7-8 min too long… the first batch came out blackened. Thanks for the great recipe!

      1. Hi Paul, Thanks for the feedback. I’ll retest the recipe since I hate the idea of burned cookies.

  2. Micaela says:

    If I already have granola made can I still use this recipe? If so how much prepared granola would you use?


    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Micaela, Sorry that your message was missed. I’m not sure prepared granola would work in this recipe. I’d be worried that it would overcook.

  3. Marcie Mycan says:

    I just made these for the first time .I’m calling them chocolate everything granola bars ! I added all the little bits of seeds I had leftover in my pantry. Added chia seeds, dried mango, poppyseeds, ground it all up in the blender with half of the chocolate! These granola bars are delicious, the right amount of chewy and crispy!! These will be made on a regular basis !

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