Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mini Granola Bites

I love the chewiness of the oats, the sweetness of the cranberries and coconut and the crispy rice cereal, flax and sesame seeds work great in this recipe


2 1/2 C. quick oats
1/2 C. crisp rice cereal
1/2 C. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. brown sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. canola oil
1/4 C. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp sunflower seed, optional
* optional: ground flax seed and/or wheat germ (I use 3 heaping Tbs. or so of each).


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) really well. I used a wooden spoon. Take your time to make sure everything is really blended. Taking your time also allows the wet ingredients to sort of soak into the dry components. If your mixture seems dry after mixing then you may need to add a little more oil and/or honey - a teaspoon at a time - until it starts to clump up a little.

When your granola mixture gets to a point, not too wet, not too dry, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Spray the mini muffin pan liberally with cooking spray, scoop the granola mixture in and form the mound compactly. I use a rounded tablespoon to help form them, a small cookie scoop would work too.

Press the remaining granola into your baking pan (if you are making bars). Make sure your baking pan has been sprayed well with non-stick spray!  Press mixture firmly, compacting it as well as you can.

Its small so my little one had fun holding it and munching...
Baking Times

Granola bites: 12-15 minutes ( sometimes it takes less than that, keep checking)
Granola bars: 17-22 minutes
They are ready to remove from oven when the tops are golden.  If they don't cook long enough they may not hold their shape. If they cook too long they will get too dry (not to mention they can burn) and may not hold their shape.  (I've found granola bars to be finicky.)

Let the granola bites cool completely.  Then, they are done to be munched on as a healthy nutritious snack.

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