It’s finally Friday. I feel like I should be sharing some sort of cocktail with you. Since I haven’t the first clue about making any sort of alcoholic drinks, let’s just pretend I’m telling you about these granola bites over margaritas. Or, if you’re reading this in the a.m., over mimosas.
Anyway, it’s almost the weekend! My sisters are coming to visit and I’m thinking I need to make a double batch of these granola bites for us to snack on. These taste exactly like cookie dough except, unlike cookies, these are actually really healthy for you AND satisfying. They’re full of healthy fats from coconut oil, peanut butter and omega-3s from chia seeds. I read somewhere that eating 1 tablespoon of nut butter can help satisfy any cravings and hunger.
I’m not sure if that is exactly true. I don’t know about you, but one spoonful of peanut butter makes me immediately want to have another one (and then another). But, it is definitely more satisfying then mindlessly munching on some pretzels or granola, for that matter. I’ve always loved granola. I would find myself digging through the bag/box to get the biggest, clumpiest bites and then I’d be left with the sad little crumbs.
Which is why I love this bites because they are essentially just big clumps of granola with no annoying crumbs left over! They are incredibly versatile; you can throw pretty much anything in your pantry into these babies. Next time I’m most definitely adding chocolate chips and I also think it would be fun to add sprinkles – just because everything is better with sprinkles.
No-Bake Granola Bites
makes about one dozen
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temp
- 1/3 cup peanut butter (any nut butter will work)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tbs ground flaxseed meal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup oats (old fashioned or rolled work best)
In a bowl, microwave the coconut oil, peanut butter, honey and vanilla for 30 second intervals, mixing in between, until melted together.
In a larger bowl, add oats, cinnamon, flaxseed and chia. Pour the melted mixture over top the oats and using your hands or a spoon, mix well. The dough should be sticky and firm. Take about 1 tablespoon-ish of the mixture and form into balls. Place on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough and place the bites in the fridge for about 2-3 hours until firm.
These are best stored in an air-tight container in the fridge.
What is one thing you are looking forward to this weekend? I’m going to see Aladdin on Broadway with my sisters! Super excited about that.