These quick and easy granola bites make great on-the-go protein snacks and are a fun way to get energy and protein in one bite. Find more ideas on the Quick and Healthy Recipes page.
I took these chocolate chip almond granola bites with me last weekend on my 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, especially on road trips like this one. One of my sisters even said they were like eating cookie dough.
Oh, yeah- that’s a great snack.
Are they healthy?
Yes, I think so. They are made with nut butter and my homemade granola which is low sugar (and no refined sugars) and fat, but filled with healthy nuts, seeds, and oats. I then coat them in a good-for-you seed like sesame, hemp, or sunflower.
They do have chocolate chips (though you can make one of the variations without them), but I use mini chips, so you don’t need very much to get that chocolate flavor.
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!
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 my favorite homemade granola)
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. ground flaxseed, optional
- Choice of Toppings: sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chopped sunflower seeds, ground nuts, or coconut
- Mix almond butter, honey, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients except for toppings, and mix well.
- Refrigerate for about 1/2 hour, then shape into balls with a small cookie scoop about a tablespoon in size,
- After shaping each ball, roll it in the topping of you like.*
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Makes about 30 bites.
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.
*Note: I always coat the balls – it adds a bit more protein and more importantly, makes them less sticky when eating and taking them places.
Other Healthy Snacks to Make:
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- Cashew, Cranberry & White Chocolate Granola Bites
- Perfectly Salted DIY Roasted Almonds -seriously the BEST
- Ultimate No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
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