We love granola but I don’t buy it often because of the price. I got into eating granola in college. It’s got tons fiber, iron and heart healthy fats. My point? It’s got lots of what you need. Of course, the perk of making it at home is that you can cut cost and make it whatever way you like. These No Bake Apple Date Granola Bites are delicious, healthy and easy to make.
So, granola was the go to snack. On late nights when the pizza place was closed you could always find some granola. Then when I got a little older (but still young enough to have money to burn) I wouldn’t think twice about buying a bag of granola. Now that I think about it. It’s crazy. Plain granola with nothing in it and I’d spend $5 for 12 ounces. Well that was several years ago (and children) buying a bag of granola just doesn’t make sense. You can make 3 times that amount of granola for about $10 if you shop smart.
I think it’s interesting that from it’s inception granola has been marketed as a healthy food. No really, served at the Jackson Sanitarian Health Spa. Healthy, delicious and loved by all. These are the new favorite in our house (and with our friends).
The medjool dates were in our pantry from when I picked it up on sale. Those delicious little bites can get pretty pricey. So when I see it a good sale I make sure to pick it up. I’ve used medjool dates when making Moroccan food. It holds up well to the spices in that type of cuisine. But my little also likes to eat it as a snack.
Since I had it, I figured why not add it to these granola bites. I was going to add dried cranberries but I thought that apples and dates would work well. And it did. These No Bake Apple Date Granola Bites are irresistible. What fruit would you use in your bites?
No Bake Apple Date Granola Bites
Makes 20 -24 bites
- 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
- 1/3 honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup medjol dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup apple, small chunks
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional)
Tools: saucepan, large bowl, rubber spatula, cookie scoop, baking sheet
Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and sugar completely dissolves.
Pour butter mixture over oats into a bowl and mix well.
Let butter and oat mixture cool.
Once cooled, add dates, apples, flaxseed, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes.
Use a rubber spatula to mix all the ingredients together.
Using the cookie scooper or your hands roll mixture into a ball. Continue until no granola mixture is left.
Place balls on a baking sheet and allow to chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
If you like these granola bites, you might also like my No Bake Carrot Coconut Bites.
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