I received a review copy of the Gooseberry Patch Good-For-You Everyday Meals cookbook, and I am loving the great ideas I’ve found in it so far! I shared the Banana Nut Bread Muffins a few weeks ago, and today I’m sharing these healthy no-bake granola bites.
They are a great snack–leave out the mini chocolate chips and add some extra dried cranberries for a completely real food snack. I like these for when I am having a sweet craving. They are just enough to hit the spot, but not something that will lead to a binge. And, they are a healthy treat, packed with protein and fiber.
As always, I have changed up a few ingredients based on our preferences and/or our pantry contents. And, just being real, one of my “adjustments” was because I didn’t fully read the instructions, and poured all my coconut flakes in at once before I realized I wasn’t supposed to. Most were supposed to be reserved for rolling them in as a coating. However, “ain’t nobody got time for” all that rolling each ball in coconut flakes business. So, I just put it all together and it worked out just fine.
No-Bake Granola Bites
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2/3 cup natural peanut butter (look for only peanuts, salt on the ingredients list)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons chopped dried cranberries
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients. Mix with clean hands until well combined. If mixture is too dry, add additional honey or peanut butter. If mixture is too wet, add additional oats. Form into 1-inch balls. Store in air-tight container. Easy Peasy!
Note: I put mine on a cookie sheet and put them in the refrigerator until they were chilled. I then put them in a container and stored them in the refrigerator. They are great chilled and seem to hold together better that way.
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