I have a serious granola obsession. I definitely used to buy any kind of granola that I could get my hands on and pretend that I was “eating healthy”. Once I decided to start cutting out chemical filled ingredients, my granola selection became more limited, and certainly more expensive.
I also realized how much sugar and junk was in granola, including the healthy kind! While I love dark chocolate chips and candied pecans just as much as anyone, I couldn’t come up with a good reason for it to be a part of my daily routine (yeah, I love granola THAT much).
I decided that I would continue buying my favorites, but limit my intake…. until Acai Smoothie Bowls came into my life. That was what made me decide that I needed an alternative to my favorite sugar filled snack, so I decided to create my own.
I am definitely one of those “chewy granola” kind of girls. I know some people love a good crunch, but there’s nothing like soft granola for me. The good news is that this recipe can be used either way! If you decide you like it chewy and soft, you’ll want to follow the freezer method listed in the recipe. If you’d prefer a crunchier granola, after mixing the ingredients, you’ll want to bake it on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 250 degrees (check it/move it around frequently to be sure it’s not burning!)
I decided to portion my granola bites into these adorable little flowers, because, well, Ikea impulse buys are a real thing (I knew I would find a reason to use these 2.5 years ago when they were calling my name). Each flower holds about 1/2 T of granola.
If you are following the 21 Day Fix meal plan, these are approved (best news ever, right?!) The calculations gets a bit tricky, so don’t hold me to this, but as a general idea; the entire batch creates around 32 of these granola bites, measured as 1/2 T each. The calorie count total is 620 calories/32 bites = 20 calories per 1/2 T. I used 2 granola bites in my smoothie bowl, which was plenty! If you were to have 2 granola bites as a serving (1 T total), the calculations would count as 1/4 yellow and 1 tsp.
If you decide that you want a special treat, throwing in some dark chocolate chips, or dried coconut or fruit would make this recipe that much more delish! Some other ideas I plan to experiment with are flavored nut butters and different extracts (mmm salted caramel granola!)
What other ideas do you have to make this recipe even better?! The sky’s the limit!