I love granola. Sometime it’s homemade, but sometimes it’s store-bought — usually something new or with a unique health claim. Such is the case this week. I’ve been eating Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola. What lured me in was that it contains 600mg OMEGA-3′s per serving, and a serving is defined as 30 grams/140 calories. So far, that’s the most Omega-3′s per calorie I’ve seen in granola. I should also mention it tastes great.
There is one drawback, and that is that all the big clusters of granola are near the top and the bottom half of the box is comprised of tiny granola bits which are hard to eat dry and by hand. Rather than eat dry granola with a spoon (feels weird) or throw the stuff out (wasteful), I decided to bake the rest into brownies. This is an old recipe from Sunset. You may use any type of granola you wish, but I recommend using Hemp granola because you can tell all your friends you made a nice batch of hemp brownies.
Here’s the full recipe which yields a 13×9 inch pan of brownies. This one is quite easy to cut in half. If you cut the recipe in half, use an 8 inch square pan.
Chewy Granola Brownies
8 tablespoons butter, softened
1 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup each all purpose flour, lightly spooned and swept
3/4 cup whole wheat flour, ditto
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granola
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts (for more Omega 3)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line or spray a 13×9 inch pan with baking spray.
Melt butter in a medium-size pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and mix in sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Add sugar mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in granola, then nuts. Spread batter in pan.
Bake 23-25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack, then cut into 24 bars.