Oct 16, 2013 01:30 PM WV Food
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Cookie Parfait Sandwiches
Getting mail that isn’t a bill or a credit card offer is exciting. Getting mail at work is even more exciting—especially when it’s a box full of food. McCabe’s Granola is a new addition to Kroger stores around Morgantown, so they sent a sample to the office for us to try.
Of course, granola is good mixed up with yogurt and fruit, but I had bigger things in mind—namely, these cookies.
You know those delicious cookies with a heap of buttercream smeared between them? This is like the healthier version of that. I call them Cookie Parfait Sandwiches.
The cookies are made with yogurt and granola, so they have the tangy crunch of a parfait on their own. Stack more yogurt and some fruit, nuts, and chocolate in between two cookies and you’ve really got the parfait thing going on.
These are healthy enough for breakfast (especially if you leave out the chocolate and substitute whole wheat flour) but they make a great snack, too! Lots of protein from the Greek yogurt—as well as healthy goodies like ground flax, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds in the granola—gives them some serious staying power.
Not to mention, they come together in less than an hour, from preheating the oven to washing the dishes. You can’t beat that.
Cookie Parfait Sandwiches
For the granola cookies:
1½ cups granola (We used McCabe’s True Original.)
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips
For the filling:
Plain Greek yogurt, mixed with vanilla, cinnamon, and agave syrup, to taste
1 banana, sliced
Handful of chocolate chips
Handful of pecans
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together until just combined. Try to not over-mix the dough. Fold in chocolate chips.
Spoon dough onto the cookie sheet, or use fun cookie cutters to shape the dough. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, until cookies are golden and a fork comes out clean. Let the cookies cool before removing them from the pan.
After cookies have cooled, spread yogurt on the flat side of a cookie. Top with banana slices, chocolate chips, and pecans. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top. Serve and enjoy!
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