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.
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- 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 chips 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.