Gimme granola

Gimme granola

After the birthday cake, the birthday dinner, Winkel apple pie, grilled chicken, french toast, strawberry cheesecake cupcakes and other celebratory foods I had this week I’m ready for some healthy eats! However, I have quite a sweet tooth so this resolution to eat more healthily will soon be interrupted by a craving for something sugary. Sort of solution was to make these “healthy” granola bites and fool myself into thinking I’m not eating a cookie. Granted, there’s no refined sugar in this recipe or butter for that matter but I don’t think this is just as good for you as, let’s say, a carrot. Good thing I have carrots in the fridge too. And some oranges. So there, conscience. Take that.

Here are the ingredients I needed for these granola bites:

ingredients

  • rolled oats (I used muesli, which consisted mainly of rolled oats)
  • flax seeds
  • almond butter
  • honey
  • cinnamon
  • dried mango
  • dried cranberries
  • raisins

I put a cup of the muesli in a bowl and added 1/2 cup of dried mango…

dried mango

…1/3 cup of cranberries (which I cut up into smaller pieces…

cranberries

…1/3 cup of raisins…

raisins

…1/4 cup of flax seed…

flax

…and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

add to granola

I mixed these together and then I added the wet ingredients: 1/3 cup of honey…

honey

…and a 1/4 cup of almond butter…

almond butter

…and mixed until well combined.

mix

I got out a baking tray that I lined with some baking parchment…

baking tray and parchment

…and started rolling little 1-inch balls of the mixture. It didn’t yield 3 dozen balls though, I only got to 20.

all rolled up

I covered the granola bites with baking parchment and put them in the fridge to firm up.

I’ll report back tomorrow whether they are just as good as a stroopwafel.

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