These tasty little granola bites make an ideal snack for kids and adults! They are a lovely little pick-me-up for afternoons when your energy is starting to wane.
(Oh wait, that's most days...)
Plus, they are fast and easy. Which is good when my kiddos are up from nap, demanding food and I'm caught without a clue as to what to give them.
To make them, you just mix your oats, nuts and dried fruits - and some chocolate chips! - and pour a yummy peanut butter-honey mixture over everything. Roll into balls and voila!
Ready to eat immediately. That's what I'm talkin' about!
A few notes on these granola bites:
- You can sub your favorite nut here - pecans, peanuts, almonds.
- You could also use almond butter if you have a peanut allergy or if you want to send these to a school where peanut butter isn’t allowed.
- They make a great addition to a school lunch box or for an after-school snack.
- These granola bites also travel well to the office and on road trips.
And if you want to just use raisins here instead of the dried blueberries, that’s fine too. It’s all about being easy.
Whatever you use, these little balls are fruity and sweet with a creamy peanut butter flavor, and they are the perfect portable snack if you're busy running around all day.
Mix up these granola bites today and share a homemade treat with your favorite little person (or just a friend).
- 1 ½ cups oats (I used old fashioned)
- ½ cup dried blueberries
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- Combine oats and next 4 ingredients (through chocolate chips) in a bowl and mix well.
- Combine peanut butter and honey in a separate bowl and stir until smooth. (If your PB is hard or cold, you can do this in a small saucepan over medium low heat. It just takes a minute to warm up the peanut butter and get the mixture smooth.) Pour the peanut butter-honey mixture over the granola mix and stir until everything is well coated.
- Wet your hands with water and roll into balls - I did mine about 1-inch wide (a little bigger than a golf ball). To make them easier to roll, you can put the mixture in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to let it firm up a bit. If I'm making these ahead, I'll do that step. If I'm making them with M, we roll and eat immediately.
- Store in the fridge in an air-tight container. You can use wax paper between the layers to keep the balls from sticking to each other. Enjoy!
Feel free to sub in your favorite nut and dried fruits or to use almond butter in place of the peanut butter.
Adapted from Produce for Kids.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 5g