Sunday, January 22, 2012

No-Bake Granola Balls


So I was perusing Pinterest one night (story of my life!), when I came across these No-Bake Energy Balls brought to you by Smashed Peas and Carrots.  Within 10 minutes of seeing the post, I was already making them with what I already had in my kitchen.  The recipe below is not exactly the same (I used hemp seeds instead of flax for more protein, and omitted the chocolate chips, simply drizzling chocolate on some of them), but that's the great thing about this recipe!  It's easily adaptable to what you already have at home/what you are feeling like that day.  Needless to say, these did not last very long in my house!  A mere two days later and I was back in my kitchen making another batch (double this time!).  As Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots says "Good thing they are easy to make, another batch is never too far away". 

Ingredients
- 1 cup uncooked oatmeal (I like wild oats)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- 1/3 cup liquid honey
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup hemp seed (or flax)
- 1 bar (1 oz.) Baker's* dark chocolate (optional)


* You could try using chocolate chips instead, but I find that Baker's chocolate tends to hold up a bit better (i.e. not as sticky when it dries). 

Directions

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Let mixture rest in fridge for about 1/2 hour (this will help them stay together when you roll them). 

Roll into tbsp sized balls.  

Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl and transfer to a sandwich bag.  Snip a small tip off the corner of the sandwich bag and drizzle away! 

  Let balls set in fridge for another 1/2 hour before serving. 

Or try pressing them into a granola bar mold for an awesome granola bar!  





Enjoy! 

- Nutritional Info (1 ball) -
Calories - 93  Fat - 5    Carbs - 10     Protein - 3   Fibre - 2



29 comments:

  1. How could I get nutritional info for granola bar size/shape? Looks YUMMY!

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    1. It's about the equivalent to three tbsp (three balls).

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  2. and where can I find a granola bar mold???

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    1. just open a granola bar, let it sit out, and voila, you have mold

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    2. I purchased mine through Tupperware, but I have seen them at Walmart as well. If you don't have a mold, you could always put it in a pan (the key is to press it down really well), let sit in fridge for 30 min - 1 hour and then cut into bars. If your not too worried about the shape, 2 muffin tins would work great for both a mold, and something to press the granola down (i.e. fill one pan with granola, then press one the other pan on top of it to compact ingredients).

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  3. Question: Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes?

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    1. Completely up to you! :) I usually use sweetened, but I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

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  4. This might be a stupid question but do you mean cooked oatmeal or oats? I'm assuming you mean oats since it's a no-cook recipe but wanted to make sure! LOL!

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    1. Hi Daphne! Thank you for your question. The oats are dry, not cooked.

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  5. Hi...I'm looking forward to trying this, but would like to know if you are using liquid honey or creamed honey?

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  6. Made these today and they are so yummy! Thanks for the recipe...I suppose you could use something like agave or coconut nectar as well.

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  7. How would steel cut oats work for this recipe?

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    1. I don't imagine they would work very well. - Steel cut oats are much crunchier and require cooking - this recipe calls for raw oats.

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  8. Can I do crunchy peanut butter?

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    1. Crunchy peanut butter would be delicious as well! :)

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  9. Do you use sweetened coconut you find on the baking isle? I am so excited to make these for my daughter's volleyball team! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your comments :) Whether or not to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut is totally up to you! I prefer sweetened coconut because I have a major sweet tooth, but my husband prefers the unsweetened variety . Both kinds turn out great, one is just sweeter than the other :)

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  10. Hi there, when kept, do these need to be refrigerated? Or kept in pantry in a tupperware? Thanks!

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    1. I keep mine in the refrigerator. Thanks for reminding me to include it in the recipe. :)

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  11. Is there a substitute for the coconut?

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    1. I think you could probably just leave the coconut out if you like - you could also try your favourite nut or dried fruit in it's place.

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  12. can i leave the coconut out? can i use anything else instead?

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    1. The great thing about this recipe is that it's very versatile. You can leave out the coconut altogether, or you can add your favourite dried fruit or nut in it's place. :)

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  13. I'm excited to try these, they look great!! I added a scoop of chocolate protein to mine as well.

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  14. I also substituted part of the honey with maple syrup. :)

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