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Melt together in the microwave:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 stick of butter

 Put into a bowl:

  • 6 cups oatmeal (Claire uses 3 cups whole oats and 3 cups quick oats)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1½ cup nuts (optional)

 Add the honey butter mixture to the other ingredients and beat. Spread in an ungreased pan (9x13 or larger). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Turn and stir every 5 minutes. If you don’t stir, the edges get browner than the center.  

Test notes: If you wish, you can also add dried fruits of any type after the granola is baked. Store in an airtight container. This is also great in fruit and yogurt parfaits!


Claire Althoff, member, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative



  • cup of coffee, chocolate chips and oatmeal cookies1 stick butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ tsp. soda
  • 2 cups quick oatmeal
  • 1¾ cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Mix the sugars and butter. Add the eggs and then the oil. Then mix in flours and soda. Mix in oatmeal. Stir in chocolate chips. Use a cookie scoop to put dough on parchment paper on pan to bake and then slightly flatten them and bake at 350 degrees until golden (about 8-10 minutes). This makes 4 dozen cookies.

Test notes: Claire likes the combination of oatmeal, but you can also use 3 3/4 cups of just one type of oatmeal. Claire often freezes about half of the flattened balls of dough and bakes them later when she wants fresh cookies quickly. The frozen dough bakes best when allowed to thaw for about 30 minutes before baking.

Claire Althoff, member, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative


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  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 T. milk
  • ¾ cup flour (Claire uses ½ cup whole wheat flour and ¼ cup white flour)
  • ½ cup plus 1 T. quick oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix the first six ingredients and then add the chocolate chips. Roll into 1-inch balls and refrigerate. These balls can also be dipped in melted chocolate for chocolate chip truffles or rolled in crushed graham crackers.

Claire Althoff, member, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative