This quick and easy no bake chocolate chip almond granola bites recipe makes a great healthy protein snack perfect for on-the-go, after school, or anytime you need some energy. And this is just one variation - there are four more to choose from!
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Shortly after creating the first batch of these delicious little chocolate chip almond granola bites, I took them on a family girl's weekend and everyone raved about them - and wanted the recipe!
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.
But are they healthy?
Yes, and especially when compared with store bought snacks!
They are made with protein-rich nut butter and homemade granola, which is low sugar (and with no refined sugars) and fat, and filled with healthy nuts, seeds, and oats.
They are shaped in a small ball, which is good for portion control and then coated in good-for-you seeds like sesame, hemp, or sunflower.
While this variation does have chocolate chips they are mini chips, so you don't need very much to get that chocolate flavor (or you could leave them out or choose a variation below).
Granola Bites, Energy Bites, or Protein Balls?
All the above! You can call these yummy snacks anything you'd like, since all the names describe them.
No matter what you call them, you're going to want to make them!
No Bake Chocolate Chip Almond Granola Bites
- almond butter (or other nut/seed butter - see variations below)
- granola (preferably homemade), any large chunks broken up
- chocolate chips
- ground flaxseed
- coatings: hemp seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds (or variations)
Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl and then toss the remaining ingredients, except the coatings, into a bowl and mix together.
Shape into balls (TIP: use a small cookie scoop to get even sizes.) and then coat in seeds.
You could leave the balls uncoated, but they will be stickier to eat and transport. Plus it's another way to add more wholesome ingredients.
Place in an airtight container in the fridge to store.
Ha! Don't you love simple directions like this?
I love having these on hand - not only are they a nice snack, they are also 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?).
A granola bite and a cup of tea with milk is my favorite afternoon snack. Well, with a few dried plums, that is.
You know what's even better?
Since there are just seven wholesome ingredients that most people have on hand, it means you can make these to have on hand, too!
Granola Bite Variations
Almond-Maple Granola Bites: substitute pure maple syrup for the honey, omit the chocolate and add 1/2 cup 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.
Cashew, Cranberry & White Chocolate Granola Bites: Click HERE to see the full recipe for these delicious bites!
No Bake Chocolate Chip-Almond Granola Bites (+ Variations)
- 1 cup almond butter or other nut/seed butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup granola preferably easy homemade granola - large chunks broken up
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed, optional
- Choice of Toppings: sesame seeds, hemp seeds, chopped sunflower seeds, or ground nuts or dried 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 coating of your choice.*
- Store the bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Other Healthy Snacks to Make:
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- Healthy Glazed Maple Sweetened Chili Pecans
- Cashew, Cranberry & White Chocolate Granola Bites
- Perfectly Salted DIY Roasted Almonds -seriously the BEST
- Ultimate No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
This recipe has been updated - it was originally published in October of 2011.