You Are What I Bake For You: The Granola Muncher

Perhaps you’re not familiar with the Granola Muncher. Usually, he or she can be found by following the signature crunching sounds of oats and nuts baked together with honey. Also, they can be spotted by their haphazard hair: a ponytail that slept the night in a tent on the ladies or a shaggy style that hasn’t been trimmed in months on the gentlemen. They sport Patagonia puffer jackets, Simple Shoes on their feet and The North Face thermal underwear (even though they’ll claim that brand just isn’t as hardcore as it used to be).

They take on all kinds of career pursuits–from rallying for environmental causes to toiling away in a “creative” industry. Some Granola Munchers believe that you don’t have to work for “the man” in order to sustain one’s lifestyle or have a meaningful experience. No matter what they do or do not do for a living, a Granola Muncher is never without a crunchy handful of granola.

So what do you bake for this personality? What is a Granola Muncher’s Inner Dessert? Easy, Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate Chip Cookies. These treats are rich with sustaining fiber, berries, nuts and have a sensible level of sweetness thanks to the white chocolate. Most importantly, this dessert is a cookie, arguably the most transportable dessert. They’re perfect for stowing in a day pack or the cargo pocket on a pair of convertible hiking pants.

The Granola Muncher's Inner Dessert: Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Granola Muncher’s Inner Dessert: Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate Chip Cookies (Adapted from a recipe found on the back of a package of chocolate chip cookies. Sorry, I don’t know the brand because I got this recipe years and years ago.)

1 cup butter or margarine at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups quick oats

White chocolate chips (Or if you really want to impress and make the Granola Muncher in your life happy, use carob chips. I personally think they’re a lame substitution for chocolate chips, but they have a spicier flavor that some people like.)

Dried cranberries

Walnuts

Preheat oven to 375F. Cream butter and sugars together. Mix in vanilla and eggs until well blended. Mix in flour, baking powder and oatmeal until combined. Fold in white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and walnuts. Roll into sensibly-sized balls. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. Let cool 1 minute before removing from sheet.

Share them with a Granola Muncher, then stuff your pockets with them and go for a hike.

Enjoy!

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