If you’re looking for an easy and nutritious snack on-the-go, these GRANOLA BAR BITES are perfect for you!
Today while you’re going about your Friday, I’m doing one of my absolute favorite things ever. As a food blogger, many of my closest friends are people I’ve never actually met in the flesh. The internet is a wonderful place to connect with others, and I’ve made some of the best friendships that way. But today, I’m enjoying my time at a blogger’s conference here in Salt Lake where I get to meet some of my best blogging friends. Some who I’ve never gotten the chance to meet in person yet!
Together we will chat about all the bloggy things that only bloggers truly understand – like the frustrations with social media. Or combating nasty commenters (thankfully I have wonderful and kind readers)! And of course the work/life/home/family/blog balance that we all try to achieve!
There is one thing that’s a given though. All the chatting and networking at blog conferences totally works up an appetite! So I decided that this year, I’d make some healthy treats to hand out to new friends at the conference. These granola bar bites were super simple for me to mix up. Even a large batch that made over 100 bites didn’t take me much time at all!
It’s snacks like these that get me through the day. Just a quick pick-me-up if I’m out and about running errands and hit a snack-attack. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, I feel a whole lot better about popping a couple of these babies.
They’re sweet. They’re chewy. And they’re full of just a handful of ingredients that I know and love. Sure there’s honey and maple syrup to sweeten things up, but those are ingredients that I can pronounce. No preservatives and chemicals that I can’t pronounce – unlike many of the granola bars I’d see on a grocery store shelf.
What is your favorite healthy pick-me-up to get you through a day on the go?
- 2 cups almond butter
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 8 cups whole old-fashioned oats
- 4 cups rice cereal
- 1 cup ground flax
- 2 cups dried cranberries
- 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a small saucepan, melt together the almond butter, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla over low heat. Stir quite consistently, so as to make sure the mixture doesn't burn to the pan.
- Once melted and mixed together well, combine the remaining ingredients in a very large bowl, or even on large baking sheets.
- Pour almond butter mixture evenly over the oat mixture. Using your hands combine all ingredients until completely mixed.
- On a sheet of parchment paper, tightly roll golf ball-sized bites in between your hands. Make sure they are tightly compacted.
- They are ready to eat immediately, or you can let them set in the refrigerator for an hour or so before placing in an air-tight container or bags. Eat within a week or freeze in freezer-safe bags for up to 2 months. If frozen, thaw for at least 15 minutes at room temperature before eating.
If the mixture is too sticky, run your hands under water and lightly dry. The moisture will keep the granola from sticking. Rinse every so often as needed.
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