Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Bite-size “Granola” Bars

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I could eat these Craisin Walnut Energy Bites all in one sitting. They’re so good. Why have I been buying store-bought granola or energy bars all this time? These are just under 90 calories a bite and about 180-270 calories per serving (depending if 2 or 3 bites is a serving). While it’s not that much difference calorie-wise for a commercial energy or granola bar, what is different is that you know exactly what goes into these energy bites: nuts, dried fruit and oats. No added sugar. No preservatives. Nothing you don’t want. Sounds like a perfect pre- or post-work out snack, right? I can’t wait to experiment with new nut, dried fruit and spice combinations. These craisin walnut energy bites are definitely a recipe you must try!

Ingredients (makes 18-20 “bites”; serving size of 2-3 bites).

  • 1 c walnuts
  • 1/2 c reduced sugar craisins
  • 1/2 c golden raisins (or pitted dates)
  • 3/4 c oats
  • 2 T chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg

Directions.

  1. In a food processor or small blender, pulverize oats. Then add walnuts and blend well.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and blend well or until mixture starts to stick together.
  3. Form the dough into bite-size balls. If desired, you can also make bars (yields about 6 bars).
  4. Briefly refrigerate before serving to allow the bites to set. Bites can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 weeks or frozen.
  5. Enjoy!

NOTE: I used a Magic Bullet, and I did have to halve the portions in order to mix everything properly. I did about half the recipe at a time, blended the second half and then combined both. The chia seeds weren’t in the original recipe, but I added them for some added nutrition. I’m trying my next batch without to compare which ones I enjoy the most!

Adapted from “Oatmeal-Raisin Larabars” on Chocolate-Covered Katie. For the true nutrition facts, from CCK here.

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