Chocolate Chip Almond Granola Bites (And lots of Variations!)

Chocolate Chip Granola Bites and Variations - An Oregon Cottage

I took these chocolate chip almond granola bites with me last weekend on a family “girl’s weekend” and everyone loved them! They are such a fun way to get some energy and protein in a bite-sized snack. One of my sisters even said they were like eating cookie dough. Oh, yeah- that’s a great snack.

So, I pretty much keep these on hand all the time now – they are a great way to use up that last bit of granola when you make a new batch and don’t want to mix old and new (am I the only one who cares about that?). You know what’s even better? Since there are just five wholesome ingredients that most people have on hand, it means you can make these now, too!

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Chocolate Chip-Almond Granola Bites (Plus Variations)

(adapted from a recipe at Smashed Peas and Carrots)

  • 1 c. almond butter
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 c. granola (preferably The Best Homemade Granola)
  • 1/2 c. to 3/4 c. chocolate chips (depending on how chocolate you want to go…)
  • optional: 1/4 c. ground flaxseed or coconut
  • also optional are the toppings : sesame seeds, ground nuts, or more coconut
  1.  Mix almond butter, honey, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate for about 1/2 hour, then shape into balls with a small cookie scoop.
  4. Optional: roll each ball in seeds, nuts, or coconut (I always do this- it adds a bit more protein and makes them less sticky when eating and taking them places).
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 30 tablespoon-sized bites.

Flavor Variations:

Almond-Maple Granola Bites: substitute pure maple syrup for the honey, omit the chocolate and add 1/2 c. of dried cranberries or cherries.

Chocolate Chip- Peanut Butter Granola Bites: Use peanut butter instead of almond butter. Roll them in crushed peanuts.

Cranberry-Sunbutter Granola Bites: Use sunflower seed butter (I’ve heard Trader Joe’s is the best) and cranberries in place of the almond butter and chocolate chips. Roll them in whole or chopped sunflower seeds.

White Chocolate-Cashew Granola Bites: Use cashew butter and replace the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips (dried cranberries would be good added, too). Roll them in crushed cashews.

 

This is linked to Pennywise Platter, Foodie Friday, and Tasty Tuesday.

 

Comments

  1.  says

    I made these over the weekend and they are sooo good. They are a great way to pack some energy in a small snack for our teen daughter athlete. Thank you for sharing this recipe :)

  2.  says

    Okay – my mouth is drooling too! I have been taking my homemade granola along as a high-protein snack when I’m out and about – but it’s so messy! I can’t wait to try these!

  3.  Chrissy @ muse of the morning says

    Hi Jami! These are delicious!
    I scaled down the recipe so my daughter and her friend could each make their own batch while we were camping last weekend. It worked out great and I included it in my blog post on creative activities to do with kids while camping. here’s the post if you’d like to see it – museofthemorning.com/museblog/creative-roundups/5-creative-activities-to-do
    Thanks so much! This was really a great recipe and we’ll enjoy making it many more times!
    Chrissy

  4.  Teresa says

    I am a granola lover too and I just made these bites and all I can say is yum yum! They are out of this world. I made them to have 1 with a cup of roobios tea in the afternoon when I get that “I need a little something something ” what an excellent recommendation because it is sweet but not desserty sweet but healthier sweet. I want to shed about 8 to 10 lbs so I am following all your ideas on your ” real food weight series” . I know my problem is serving size because I eat healthy.
    Thanks for putting this out for all of us who need to be reminded! :)

    •  Jami says

      I’m glad you’ve found these as yummy as I have, Teresa! They are a perfect little afternoon pick-me-up along with a cup of tea. It’s nice to have it portioned out for us, too. :)

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