I set off to make homemade granola bars following no recipe in particular. And this is what happened…
As I was rummaging through the cabinets to find a square baking pan, the mini muffin tin turned on a light bulb in my head. Why not make bite size granola bars to use for a quick pre/post workout snack?
These guys are chock full with lots of healthy ingredients. They are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates and organic honey and have no regular added sugar. They contain healthy fats and Omega-3s, thanks to the chia seeds and all 3 forms of coconut hidden in here, and there is also plenty of fiber from the oats.
Mini Chewy Granola Bites
Yields 24 bites
2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup wheat germ
10 dried, pitted Medjool dates, chopped
6 tbls honey
1/4 cup coconut cashew butter (or other nut butter)
2 tbls coconut butter
1. Mix first 4 ingredients through dates in a large bowl.
2. Combine the last 3 ingredients and heat until warm through on the stovetop or in the microwave. Pour into bowl and mix thoroughly. (A fork works pretty well or you can use your clean hands like I did.)
3. Line the mini muffin tin with plastic wrap and press oat mixture firmly into each cup.
*I sampled way too much so there were a few missing, but you should be able to make 24 cups. Also, I found it helpful lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the filled cups and pack down even more.
4. Place in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to allow the granola bites to firm up. Then pop ’em out and enjoy!