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do trail mix oat bites even belong here?

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So yeah, these look a lot more healthy than most–um, all–of what you find here. And sure, these trail mix oat bites (that’s the best title I could think of) have rolled oats, coconut flour, wheat germ, and dried fruits and nuts and make a great fill-you-up-and-give-you-energy snack, but they also have a bit of sugar, maple syrup and butter. So please don’t desert me. There’s a little bit of me left in there. And if they weren’t so crumbly I’d have put them on a stick.

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I’ve been really into homemade granola bars lately. I find being home all day I put my hand in the snack drawer a lot. Yes, we have a snack drawer. You see, when we bought our 1930s house, it came equipped with the original 1930s, totally not functioning, kitchen. And so we had to do a quick renovation so as to stop washing dishes in a bucket. I casually pointed out to our semi-custom cabinet dude how cool it was that the original kitchen had a bread drawer. My grandmother had one of those. You know, those drawers you pull out that have the metal lid? So semi-custom cabinet dude gave us a big drawer. He called it the “bread drawer.” He was so proud. He was so proud I did not point out that this big drawer had no similarities to an actual bread drawer. I use it for snacks.  And  I eat a LOT of snacks, so I’ve been seeking something more substantial than Goldfish. I mean, at least something that has vitamins. Plus, I’m not really a raw veggie snacker. (Seriously? How do people find that fulfilling?) So granola bars it is.

For these, I started out with THIS RECIPE for granola bars from SMITTEN KITCHEN. I made them in bar form and yum. They were good. So I added some more of some stuff, added less of some other stuff, and substituted different things to come up with a bite-size version of the bar.

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how to make trail mix oat bites

adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s granola bars

(visit Smitten Kitchen for tips on more substitutions and whatnot)

1 2/3 cup quick rolled oats

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 1/2 cups coarsely chopped trail mix (I used a cranberry nut mix)

2/3 cups nut butter (I used almond)

6 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix everything together well. I used my hands to mix when the spatula could do no more. Take a bit and form a clump with your hands. Don’t try and roll a ball, these are too crumbly. Just use your fingers to make an imperfect sphere 1 1/2 inches in diameter. If necessary, add a bit more of a wet ingredient (butter, syrup, water or nut butter). Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes or until they begin to brown. Let cool totally before eating.  Makes about 36 bites.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted April 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    These sound wonderful Meaghan! Anything with nuts and nut butter has my name written all over it!

  2. Mrs C
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    These sound yummy! Are they truly healthy for a pick me up on the golf course or on the beach? I think my little ones would enjoy them!

  3. Mrs C
    Posted April 15, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    These sound yummy! Are they truly healthy for a pick me up on the golf course or on the beach? I think my little ones would enjoy them!

  4. Posted April 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s good to share a healthier treat every now and then. I am the worst about snacking and always find myself eating junk. These will be a great substitute.

  5. Abby Anderson
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    nice! although I don’t like oats/granola!

  6. Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    I love nutty chewy cookies. I am having a difficult time finding Coconut flour at local stores. I am hoping that Whole Foods will have it. Do you have any suggestions?

  7. meaghanmountford
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Brenda, this is a pretty user friendly recipe, so anything comparable can be replaced! I actually found coconut flour in the natural food aisle of my (new and approved) Giant, but Smitten Kitchen used oat flour instead, or as an alternative, she suggests ground oats from the food processor. I think I was looking for oat flour, couldn’t find it and tried coconut flour.

  8. Paula
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Where do you find coconut flour? These sound yummy and I would like to try them.

  9. meaghanmountford
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Paula, I found it in the natural food aisle of my local Giant. You can sub oat flour or anything else that sounds cool, though :).

  10. Posted April 24, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I have yet to make granola bars. Can you believe this? I make granola almost once a week…never bars or bites. On my summer list for sure!

  11. Posted April 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    This stuff is amazing! Thanks for sharing. It’s much, much better than any of the expensive store bought brands.

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