Thursday, January 5, 2012

no-bake protein packed chewy granola cups :)

Ya, still working on the is a bit long?
I'm munch'n on one right now, just to make sure they're blog worthy :)...I think they are!

1 c. coconut flakes (i use unsweetened/ unsulfered)
1 1/2 c.oatmeal (can use GF oats)
1 c.peanut butter
2/3 c. honey
1/4 c. flax seeds
1/4 c. sliced almonds
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c.chopped walnuts
1/4 c. pepitas or pumpkin seeds
1/4 c. dried pineapple, chopped

mix dry ingredients well in a large bowl, then add in peanut butter and honey, mix until a dough is formed, scoop 2 generous tablespoons into paper linked muffin tins, pack down firmly, cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours to allow them to set (you can eat them before, but they crumble:) 

Any of the nuts or dried fruit can be subbed! Cherries or blueberries would be yum! 
And of course chocolate chips won't hurt anything :)

I have posted a few granola bar recipes before, but I think this one is the new winner. I love easy things like these to make and keep in the fridge for good healthy "real/clean food"snacks! I don't know where the muffin cup idea came from? But it's the perfect snack size and is less messy than regular bars. It's kind of like homemade Cliff bars! But way tastier!
 I hope you enjoy too!


the e-wife, Karen said...

just bookmarked that recipe - sounds great for easy breakfasts for my kids when they go back to college!

the e-wife, Karen said...

Ok...just made these and they are SO delish! I didn't have pineapple so I substituted mango and dried blueberries, and also subbed out the pepitas for sunflower seeds.

Only bummer is, I figured out the calories in each (if you make 24).
350!!! Yikes. But, they are super nutritious. :-) Thanks for sharing this!

Carly Jean Brannon said...

I originally made the recipe for friends little one who was having a hard time gaining weight. She asked me for good protein snack food...hence all the seeds, nuts and high in natural fat ingredients :)

And my guys are bottomless pits! The high calories help them to stay full for longer!

But very true E-Wife! They aren't quite diet snacks :)

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