Granolie Bites

These ‘Granolie’ bites are fudgy, crunchy, chocolatey, super delicious and nutritious! They are so quick and easy to make and can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge (if you can resist scoffing them all in one day!). 

It’s my go-to ‘tried and tasted’ hybrid of a chocolate brownie and a granola bar. 

We all want to eat something sweet and delicious without feeling guilty and now I have the perfect recipe to satisfy those nutty, chewy, chocolatey cravings!

I make these at least once a month and it pleases every time. My husband always asks when I’m going to make the next batch even though there’s a load of them in the fridge! 

They are great for kids’ packed lunches and can be easily wrapped up and transported for an on-the-go treat, especially when you’re running around after the kids or heading to the gym!

Give it a go – you’ll be glad you did!

Prep time: 30 mins

Serves: 12-15

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (I personally love to use the jumbo size)
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1 cup almonds (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup cocoa nibs
  • 300g pitted dates
  • 5 tbsp water (adjust according to how dry your dates are)
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter you prefer)
  • ¼ cup honey (for those of you with a sweet tooth) or use agave syrup or maple syrup as a vegan alternative.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180 degree celsius.
  2. Put the oats in a large baking tray and in the oven for 5 mins. 
  3. Toss the oats and add the chopped almonds and pecans. Put back in the oven for a further 5 mins. 
  4. Toss the oats mixture again and add the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Put back in the oven for a further 5 mins. 
  5. Put the dates in a pan with the water and cook for approx. 6-7 mins until the dates have softened down. Once softened, put it in a food processor with the cacao powder. It should turn into a doughy consistency.
  6. Transfer the date mixture into a large bowl. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.
  7. Add the toasted oats, nuts, seeds and cacao nibs into the date mixture and mix. You may find it easier to mix it with your hands to ensure it is all combined thoroughly.
  8. Transfer the whole mixture to an 8 inch pan (or similar) lined with parchment paper or plastic film and press down firmly. Note: if you use a bigger pan then only use enough of the space to give you at least 1.5 inch thickness when compressed.
  9. Cover the tray with plastic film and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  10. Lift the mixture and cut to your desired size. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze these although I’ve never tried as they never last that long in my house!

Enjoy!

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