Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Granola Bar Bites
These Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bar Bites are quick, easy, and don’t require baking. Perfect for on-the-go snacking.
I try. Seriously, so dang hard. I try to make my kid not want sugar. I make all-natural fruity yummy treats that he loves. I make dark chocolate naturally-sweetened yummies that he loves.
I educate him on why we can’t eat processed sugary junk. I give him incentives for making healthier options. All these good parental things that I’m supposed to do.
Yet it doesn’t seem to do any good when I’ve got a sweet-toothed little boy on my hands.
In the morning when I’m making his lunch, I get puppy-dog eyes from him while he’s practically begging for me to pack a piece of candy.
“Sorry buddy – candy won’t help you to learn in school.”
And then when he gets home from school, maybe he thinks I’ve changed my mind, and I’m approached with yet another set of puppy-dog eyes.
“Sorry buddy – candy won’t help you to recharge or keep you full until dinner time.”
And then after dinner, those eyes are back, and this time with a puuuhh-lleeeeeaaase a mile long.
Dang, this kid is relentless!
“Sorry buddy – it’s close to bedtime, and a piece of candy just isn’t necessary for your body.”
I have to say, I do know where he gets it. Yup – right here. I have always loved candy. I’m going to lose a bunch of you right here, but black licorice is my all-time favorite. I know, you totally think it’s disgusting. But WAIT, it gets back to normal here. My second favorite is any of the Reese’s varieties. Trees, eggs, hearts. They’re all mouth-watering. They’re all calling my name every holiday season.
Yet I know there’s a reason I tell my kiddo that candy isn’t good for his body, just like it’s not good for mine. But I refuse to give up that delicious chocolate + peanut butter combination, which is why I created these super simple and healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Granola Bar Bites, a spin-off of my basic granola bar bites.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. Top with melted peanut butter mixture and mix until completely combined. Once the mixture has come to more of a room temperature, add the mini chocolate chips and incorporate them throughout the mixture. Roll 2-Tablespoons worth of dough between your hands to form a ball. Place on a parchment paper or baking sheet, Repeat with remaining dough.
Honestly, they are these little morsels of deliciousness that make you feel like you’re eating dessert, but are healthy enough for after-school snack packs.
I have to say, the next time my kiddo asks me for a piece of candy, I’m pointing to the fridge where he can grab a couple of these bites, and I can guarantee he won’t be complaining.
Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake Granola Bar Bites
- 1 cup peanut butter, all-natural
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 cup oats, dry
- 1/2 cup flaxseed, ground
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, semisweet
- In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine peanut butter, honey or agave, vanilla, and coconut oil. Stir constantly until melted.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. Top with melted peanut butter mixture and mix until completely combined. You may need to use your hands to get it all incorporated.
- Place mixture in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to cool down. You don’t want the chocolate chips to melt.
- Once the mixture has come to more of a room temperature, add the mini chocolate chips and incorporate them throughout the mixture.
- Roll 2-Tablespoons worth of dough between your hands to form a ball. Place on a parchment-lined tray or baking sheet, Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place tray in the refrigerator for about an hour to set completely before putting in an airtight zipper-bag or container. You can opt to freeze them also. Just take them out of the freezer an hour or two before you want to eat them.
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These look delicious.
Do you know how long they keep for without freezing? Also, do you know the calories?
The only recipes we’ve analyzed calories for, are the ones we add to our meal plans. You can however enter the ingredients to get the nutrition data here though: http://nutritiondata.self.com/
Also, If you don’t freeze them, I’d only keep them about 3-4 days.
These fell apart for me. Im not sure what happened! They were still delicious though.
Any ideas on what I can replace the peanuts and pumpkin seeds with? I have one daughter that won’t eat either. Thanks! I would just leave them out but don’t think the consistency would be correct.
I usually don’t include the sunflower seeds in mine. I’ll put the oats, ground flax seeds, peanut butter or wow butter, honey, vanilla and chocolate chips. The kids love these. I’ll adjust the ingredients to the consistency I want.
Jennifer, what about almond butter and raisins or even cashew butter?
What can I replace the coconut oil with?
What is the per serving …I can’t see it been over 1000 calories for 1 ball ?
Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for asking! Our system was defaulting the entire recipe to just 4 balls! You will probably be able to get about 48 balls out of this recipe, which makes them around 109 calories per ball.
Does it matter if you use quick oats or old fashioned oats? Thanks!
Yummy! I left out the peanuts and added some dried cranberries. Husband and 3 & 4 year olds like them too.
I used Rice Malt Syrup instead of honey, and left out the sunflower seeds, but i found the mixture very dry and had to add extra peanut butter to help it stick together.
My 10 year old son and I made these today. While they are yummy, they were not as easy to roll into balls as the recipe describes. He enjoyed all the steps up to this point. We are excited to eat them later today while watching football!
My 10 year old son and I enjoyed making these ; however they were not as easily rolled into ball as the recipe describes. He did enjoy making them up to this point. They are yummy! We look forward to eating them today while watching football!
With just one bite, I was in the heavens of amazing and awesome tastes.
Thank you for making this awesome recipe and then sharing it with us.