Chocolate chip granola bites

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Recipe was found in chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Ingredients
Makes about 16 bites

– 2/3 cup raw almonds
– 2/3 cup raw walnuts
– 2/3 cup raw oats
– 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/8 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 cup raw agave nectar
– 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips or cacao nibs

– 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)

– handful of dried cranberries (optional)

directions

1) In a food processor, process the almonds, walnuts, oats, cinnamon and salt to a fine meal.
Add the agave nectar and vanilla and process to combine.
2) Next, add the cocoa nibs (or chocolate chips) and pulse just to combine.
3) Roll the cookie dough into balls (about 1 tbsp each) and place them on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper. Place the pan in the freezer for about an hour to firm up. Store balls in a tightly covered container in the freezer.

Originally these were called chocolate chip cookie dough bites but I feel like they taste more like granola bars. Either way, they still taste really good. The next time I make them, I think I’m going to add in some dried cranberries.

almonds are great sources of vitamin E (an antioxidant that fights damage to the body’s cells), magnesium (needed for energy production and to keep the muscles, heart, and arteries working properly), tryptophan (an amino acid), copper, vitamin B2 (helps in the processing of carbs, proteins, and fats for energy and is important in the production of certain hormones), and manganese (which is a potent antioxidant).

foods high in manganese can:

– Help your body utilize several key nutrients such as biotin, thiamin, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), and choline
– Keep your bones strong and healthy
– Help your body synthesize fatty acids and cholestorol
– Maintain normal blood sugar levels
– Promote optimal function of your thyroid gland
– Maintain the health of your nerves
– Protect your cells from free-radical damage

– walnuts, on the other hand, are high in omega 3 fatty acids, manganese and copper. Walnuts can also help decrease LDL cholesterol, decrease total cholesterol, increase gamma-tocopherol, and increase omega-3 fatty acids in red blood cells (alpha-linolenic acid).

I have a post that also discusses the health benefits of nuts here ->; Why you should be nuts about nuts

chia seeds can be great sources of both omega 3 fatty acids (the fatty acids your body requires but does not make on its own) as well as protein and fiber. The white chia seeds are higher in protein while the black chia seeds are higher in fiber (5 g for 1 tbsp of chia seeds).

cinnamon is a great source of antioxidants and they have been shown to lower inflammation, as well ad reduce blood sugar concentrations in people with diabetes. I have a post that further discusses the benefits and uses of herbs and spices here ->; Spice it up

agave nectar has a low glycemic index (more on that here) and can also be a good source of fiber.

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12 thoughts on “Chocolate chip granola bites

  1. oh, granolas! love ’em. And by the way, love the look of your site, especially that basket of veggies… looks so healthy 🙂 and that little pic of yours… so cute!!

    • the granola bites are very addicting so be careful with them lol i made sure to limit myself to 3 a day so i wouldn’t eat them all in one sitting.

      thank you, regarding my site! i felt like it needed a face-lift. i found that picture surfing the web and i just loved the combination of colors. and thank you for the compliment regarding my picture. that’s me and my “dog”, bailey. hopefully one of these days i’ll be able to put up a picture of a real dog :p

      • =), you made me chuckle there. I was about to say, wow that’s a really fluffy and a very cuddly dog, to be a real dog. Glad you corrected my thoughts. I loved the look of your site before, but this one is even better. Well done!

      • well, i’m very glad you’re enjoying the new look. i wasn’t sure how it was going to go over with my readers. personally, i like this look better too but i want it to be liked by my readers and followers as well.i appreciate your feedback 🙂

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