These no-bake Granola {energy} bites are so easy to make, and chock-full of REAL ingredients that you can feel good about!

If your kids are anything like my kids, then they are hungry. All. The. Time. I know it’s totally normal, but usually by the 274th time I’ve heard, “Mom, I’m hungry” during the day, I’m ready to pull out my hair. Yes, I realize I have done this to myself, having chosen to be a stay at home, homeschooling mom. But that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t drive me bonkers.  Personally, I don’t always have time to stop and slice a bunch of apples, or create cute and funny Pinterest snacks for my kids. So what’s a busy mom to do? 

What to do??

Well, she searches the interwebs for quick and easy recipes that she can whip up and keep on hand. While my kids are older and can technically find their own snacks among the full pantry/fridge, they often want the less than ideal snacks (at least the Nugget does…he always tries to finagle his way into eating chips as his snack). So I like to find recipes that my kids can grab and go about their business. This snack recipe is great for younger kids and parents alike! There’s no sketchy ingredients, and you can feel good about handing 1 (or 3) to your hungry kiddo. 

 

I stumbled across this recipe from Gimme Some Oven and thought my readers would appreciate it as well. The only main difference is that she adds toasted shredded coconut to her energy bites. I’ve got a personal aversion to coconut (I know you’re silently judging me right now…and that’s ok, I still love you) so I left it out of my recipe. But if you want to, you can totally add about 1/3 cup to your mix!

Did I mention I have the World’s Pickiest kid?

Anyone who’s followed my blog for any amount of time, knows that The Nugget has been labeled the pickiest kid in the world. He even hates peanut butter (although he LIVED off pb&j’s his first year of school…don’t get me started). When I handed him a bite, he looked at me skeptically and asked if there was peanut butter in it. My response (because I do not lie to my children) was “They have the same things in them as my granola bars.” He reluctantly took a bite and his eyes lit up. The exact words out of his mouth after that were, “These taste just like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!!” Well there you go folks. Mama did a little happy dance after hearing that. 

“These taste exactly like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups!!!”
The Nugget

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Ingredients: 

 To make these yummy granola bites, you will need the following:    

* Old-fashioned oats: you may also see them listed as “rolled oats” – this is the most important ingredient, as it will be the base for the granola bites.   

* Peanut Butter: creamy is best for this recipe, and if you can’t have peanuts, you can easily sub this for something more to your liking (almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc).  

* Ground flaxseed: Flaxseed is such a wonderful source of nutrients! High in fiber, protein, Omega-3’s and Lignans, this is one ingredient you will definitely not want to skip.   

* Dark Chocolate Chips: We use the Enjoy Life brand because they are free from so many allergens and inflammatory ingredients like gluten, soy, dairy, sulfites and so much more. They are pure chocolate goodness. If you don’t care for dark chocolate, you can totally use semi-sweet!  

* Honey: Ah yes, natures sweetener. This will also help bind the ingredients together.     

* Vanilla extract: Just for a bit of added flavor. You can skip this if you really want, but I added it to mine.   

* Chia seeds (optional): I realize not everyone has these on hand and that’s ok! You can skip this if that’s the case. But if you do have them, you’ll want to add them for several reasons. I recently learned that Chia seeds can help you feel full. What?! The answer to the “I’m hungry!” problem?! And perhaps this Mamas snacking problem as well… Moving on. They are also good to help with good cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing inflammation, strengthening bones, AND they are high in Omega-3’s as well! Who knew?! 

* Toasted shredded coconut (optional): Again, many of you may choose to add this and I think that’s great! Coconut is so so good for you. If you do add this, just make sure they are cooled off before adding in the chocolate chips (we don’t want them to get all melty).       

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. 
  2. Chill. Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours. 
  3. Once chilled, roll the mixture into 1 inch balls. 
  4. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 1 week (if they last that long), or freeze for up to 3 months! 

Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble getting the balls to hold together, you can do one of two things; add a little peanut butter to help make it a bit more sticky, or cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and press the mixture down into the baking sheet. Once chilled, you can cut into small squares for energy bars!  

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My sweet pup, Falkor, was all but drooling during my quick little photo sesh. Poor boy. (Don’t worry, he didn’t get any, and no dogs were harmed in the making of these granola bites). I’ll have to make some puppy-safe granola bites for my furry child, it seems. 

 

 

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