Pear Chocolate Granola Cookies (Gluten Free Too!)

Pear Chocolate Granola Cookies (Gluten Free Too!)

A friend of mine who happens to be gluten free is going into surgery today, so I decided to make her some cookies as a treat for before and after the operation. I went with an alton brown recipe that had rave reviews as the cookie base, and then loaded it up with all sorts of mix-ins to help cover up any potential weirdness in texture from the lack of white flour. I don’t think I needed all the mixins, because the cookie batter came out really great, but the chunky goodness only helped these cookies go from great to amazing.

Granola Sweet Potato Ravioli

Granola Sweet Potato Ravioli

I was lucky enough to get a variety pack of granola from Gatherers Gourmet Granola recently. I wanted to make a fun recipe with the granola, but it was hard for me because I love granola so much simply with some yogurt and fresh fruit. How can you add the granola to a recipe while still making it granola-y and also awesome? I ended up being inspired by the pecans, maple syrup, and toasted coconut in the “squirrel bait” flavor of granola to do something with sweet potatoes. I took inspiration from the classic Italian move of putting amaretti cookies into squash raviolis, but swapped out the cookies for granola with fantastic results. The flavor and textural play that was going on in these ravioli were absolutely phenomenal, and Mandi and I savored every single bite! It isn’t exactly a summer dish, but it really hit the spot after a long Monday. Gatherers Gourmet Granola wanted me to tell you guys about their new Kickstarter campaign that is going on right now. They are trying to raise some cash to make some new gluten free varieties.