The granola is still a problem for me. I made three batches with three different kinds of granolas and they turned out very different. There is just too much variety in ready-made granolas--different ingredients, different weights-per-volume, different moisture content.
To get more control over the granola, I made my own using this recipe:
3 ½ cups rolled oatsUsing that granola made a dry cookie, and the almonds were, to me, noticeable and wrong. If I leave out the almonds next time I make the granola, the remaining ingredients are also all in the basic guerrilla recipe. So, making granola out of them before putting them in the cookie batter is pretty much the same thing as the toast-the-dry-ingredients step I suspected from the start.
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
½ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Stir together the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and almonds. In a small saucepan, mix together the oil, honey, water, brown sugar, salt and vanilla and heat over low heat just until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir until evenly coated. Spread in a thin layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for for one hour, stirring once, until lightly toasted. Cool.
Lessons I learned in other batches:
- Although I think wheat germ was, by itself, an ingredient in the original guerrilla, simply adding it to John's recipe makes it too dry, and adding milk and egg to overcome that just makes the taste bland.
- I tried figs and satisfied my curiosity: I'm using raisins from now on.