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.
*Note: While you could leave the balls plain, I always add the coating since it adds a bit more protein and, more importantly, makes them less sticky when eating and taking them places.Flavor 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 Sunflower Seed 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 for a full recipe of this delicious variation!