Thursday, March 15, 2012

Granola Bar Bites

I've been on a health kick lately. Lately? Okay, you caught me. Really, I've been on the hunt for gluten-free recipes in honor of my oldest and bestest friend's birthday. We've been friends since the 2nd grade! Happy belated birthday, girlie!
I came across this recipe and thought it looked pretty tasty. After running the ingredient list past my friend and getting a thumbs-up, I went for it!
These little beauties have a delightful chewy texture, with a nice crunch from dark chocolate chips. They are endlessly adaptable, so feel free to play around with the ingredients. And the best part? No preservatives or added oils!

Granola Bar Bites (original recipe here)
makes 20-25 1" bites
1 c old fashioned oats
1 c toasted coconut flakes
1/2 c chocolate chips (try nuts, dried fruit, and/or seeds)
1/2 c peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/2 c ground flaxseed (or wheat germ)
1/3 c honey (don't substitute agave, it's too thin)
1 tsp vanilla
I didn't use flaxseed or wheat germ, and mine were still delicious!
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Chill for 30 minutes.

Roll into 1" balls.
Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.
Head's up: this recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or halved. I halved the above, which is why my portions in the photos look so meager.
Until next time!
While you're enjoying your granola bites, head on over to my bestie's etsy pages and take a peek!
K. Jane

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