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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites Cooking View

I’m generally of the belief that dessert is dessert. If a dessert is naturally light or healthy, that’s great, but if I want a chocolate chip cookie, I have a cookie. Of course, there are times when my sweet tooth only needs a little something and that something usually involves chocolate.

For those times when I only need a bite or two to be satisfied, it’s nice to have something like these granola bites on hand. They have that magical chocolate + peanut butter combo, but they also have other good (and good for you) stuff – oats, coconut and almonds.  Having these around for a snack attack or a treat for the kids’ lunch boxes has been really nice. And, on the right kind of day, I certainly couldn’t blame you if you had a couple and called it breakfast.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bites
Yield: about 24-30 granola bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1 cup roasted almonds
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. coarse salt
Cooking View

Directions

  • Place the oats in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until ground into small pieces. Add in the coconut and almonds and continue to pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl.

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips. Heat over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate chips are completely melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the oat mixture and stir together until well incorporated.

  • Scoop the mixture in 1½-2 tablespoon dollops onto a baking sheet. Let sit for a few minutes until slightly more firm and then roll into balls. Once the balls are formed, chill in the refrigerator until firmly set, about 1-2 hours.

  • *Notes: 

    • Quick cooking oats can be used in place of old fashioned – just skip the pulsing step because they are already more finely ground.
    • If you prefer, you can enhance the coconut flavor by toasting the coconut and using regular (non-refined) coconut oil. If you want to dial down the coconut, skip the toasting and use refined coconut oil.
    • If you have raw almonds, toast them lightly in a skillet to enhance the flavor.

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  • Sally Ford

    These look great! Where do you store them?

  • http://www.paperandbirch.com/ Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    You had me at “Dark Chocolate”. Definitely making these this weekend! :D

  • Kerry Cooks

    What a fantastic idea! And definitely much healthier than a chocolate bar for when you need to stop a craving

  • deborahpucci

    They look yummy!

  • annieseats

    I refrigerate them.

  • Kelsey

    Made these this weekend for a post-workout snack. Love them!

  • Erin

    These look delicious, however, we have tree nut allergies in our house. Any ideas on a substitution for the almonds? Thanks, Annie!

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    I used natural as well. Enjoy!

  • annieseats

    I don’t accept guest posts. Sorry!

  • annieseats

    Yes, I send them in the kids lunches.

  • annieseats

    Thanks Mel! I was very happy with these photos. I honestly think it’s because I always get stressed about photographing brown food, so then I really work it and many of those photos end up being my favorite. So funny how that works out!

  • http://mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com/ cheri

    I can eat these all day, love peanut butter and chocolate!

  • annieseats

    Oh, I see. Well, I also don’t have a slow cooker so I don’t have much to say on that topic. But thanks for the suggestion!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I crave something sweet after dinner pretty much every night..need to keep a batch of these on hand to satisfy me instead of the scoops of ice cream I’ve been having!

  • marieke

    My girls are going back to school next week and these look like great treats to take with them. Any ideas on how long they keep in the fridge?

  • annieseats

    They keep quite a while. I can’t say for sure how long (see the FAQ page regarding food storage) but I think they last a long time.