Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies

About 3 years ago I went vegetarian. When Mr. Chef got cancer, I began taking a serious look at my health. It’s sad that it took a health crisis for me to look deeper into health and nutrition, but, well, I’m a little slow.

Make these nutritious soft-baked chocolate chip cookies with granola for added flavor and crunch! Nutritionist approved. Bakerette.com

In other words, I love my cake and I eat it too, and chose to put blinders on! Mr. Chef didn’t change his eating habits, but I did. And I’m proud to say I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 years and have been pop-free for just as long.

I became familiar with NatureBox when a friend “liked” their Facebook page and yakked about their monthly service she subscribed to for healthy snacks delivered to her door!  So I checked out NatureBox and guess what? They use ALL wholesome ingredients and are nutritionist approved. What company does that? Ummmmm, very few!

  • They use absolutely NO high fructose corn syrup (do you know what that stuff does to you?)
  • NO partially hydrogenated oils
  • NO artificial sweeteners
  • NO artificial flavors
  • NO artificial colors
  • ZERO trans fats

When NatureBox approached me about doing a sponsored post, I was all for it.

When you become a member of NatureBox, you get surprise first box of snacks and then you can pick the snacks you receive. The boxes are available in 3 sizes and at 3 different price points and HELLOOOO they all ship FREE! (Alaska however is $1.97 to ensure expedited delivery). Here’s what they offer:

  1. Savvy Snacker (5 bags for $19.95)
  2. Family Snacker (10 bags for $29.95), and
  3. Professional Snacker (20 bags for $59.95)

Each bag has 3-5 servings of that snack within it. I found this is MUCH cheaper than buying a pack of trail mix and more at the grocery store. Just a couple of packs from the store adds up to much more than what you’d receive from NatureBox.

NatureBox Snack Box. Bakerette.com

NatureBox catalogs all of their boxes and each month they display the nutrition label and ingredient list for earlier NatureBox snacks on their site.

The other thing I like? NatureBox shares delicious recipes and healthy eating tips on their blog and on their social media sites so I can find other nutritious recipes to make for my family.

Our son’s in the Navy and these will make GREAT treats for he and his buddies, especially when he’s deployed. He constantly asks for trail mix, granola, and other things that help keep them naturally energized through the day. This would also make a nice gift to send to family and friends over the holidays because we get so bogged down with sugared treats–you can eat without the guilt! And, if you are a mom with kids, you know what I’m talking about in feeding your kids healthy snacks that are free of chemicals and preservatives.

I received my first surprise box this week and am excited to see my box is LOADED with amazing snacks:

  • Mango Almond Bites
  • Tuscan Summer Mix
  • Cherry Crumble Granola
  • Tart & Tangy Fruit Medley
  • South Pacific Plantains
  • BBQ Kettle Kernels

I made these awesome Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies out of the Cherry Crumble Granola snack mix–a soft-baked granola with dried cherries, oats, honey, oat bran, canola oil, flax seeds, almonds, coconut, and salt. All nutritionist approved. And you thought chocolate chip cookies couldn’t be improved on! Granola adds extra flavor and crunch to these tasty chocolate chip cookies. They are DELISH! I felt NO guilt when I ate them.

Make these nutritious soft-baked chocolate chip cookies with granola for added flavor and crunch! Nutritionist approved. Bakerette.com

Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce* (or 1/2 cup butter, softened)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg replacer (i.e., chia or flax-egg or Ener-G)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) NatureBox Cherry Crumble Granola
  • 3/4 cup (4.5 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Beat together applesauce, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add egg and beat with an electric mixer on high for about 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce speed to low and add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat until well combined.
  4. Stir in granola and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop 18 heaping tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool for about 1 minute before transferring to a baking rack to cool completely.
Notes
*I like to use unsweetened applesauce in place of butter when I bake. It adds a natural sweetness and moistness, and it drastically cuts calories. For other natural, healthier substitutes, refer to my post "Instead of That, Use This: Healthy Baking Substitutes".

This is a paid sponsored post in which I received cash and in-kind payment. The views and opinions expressed about this product are purely my own. Bakerette will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. The compensation received for advertising will never influence the content, topics or posts made on Bakerette.com.  Pinky swear! – Jen

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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