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Healthy Grab n Go Granola Bites

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Healthy Grab n Go Granola Bites

The Struggle for a Wholesome, On-the-Go Snack

In a perfect world, my breakfast would be a decadent spread – three sunny-side-up eggs with runny yolks, a side of sautéed red onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and kale, topped with half an avocado and a sprinkle of “everything but the bagel” seasoning. I’m salivating just thinking about it! But in the real world, where schedules are tight and mornings are chaotic, that luxurious, nutrient-dense breakfast is often out of reach.

Our new back-to-school routine has thrown my morning routine for a loop. More than ever, I’ve been needing something quick and ready to grab in the morning – in between getting the kids ready, brushing teeth, washing faces, and getting everyone out the door on time. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a grab-and-go option that I truly love for myself and my daughter, one that actually contains enough protein and fiber to stabilize our blood sugar first thing in the morning. Even my go-to frittata takes time to heat up in the microwave or oven, and that’s not always an option these days.

That’s why I developed these blood sugar-friendly, nutrient-dense granola bites! You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container or in the fridge for about a week. I’ve been relying on them to power me through these busy mornings, or as a satisfying snack in between meals. Let me tell you why I love these homemade granola bites so much.

The Wholesome Ingredients that Power These Granola Bites

Almonds and pecans are packed with healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals like vitamin E, B1, magnesium, zinc, and manganese. Pumpkin and sesame seeds are excellent for hormone health, containing protein and minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. And the dark chocolate? That’s for the antioxidants and minerals that reduce inflammation and satisfy those pesky sugar cravings.

This recipe makes about 7-8 bars, but you can easily double it if you need more. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • 3 tbsp almond butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp collagen powder
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free dark chocolate chips

Baking Up a Batch of Wholesome Goodness

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse the almonds a few times, then add the pecans and pulse a few more times – you want small chunks, not a fine powder. Transfer the nuts to a large bowl, then stir in the pumpkin seeds, coconut, hemp seeds, coconut sugar (if using), and a pinch of salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir this mixture into the large bowl with the nuts, using a spatula to fold in most of the chocolate chips and press them into the mixture. (Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the chips for the top.)

Press the mixture firmly into the prepared loaf pan, then press a piece of parchment paper flush on top and press again to compact it tightly. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the edges turn a darker golden brown. Let the granola bites cool completely in the pan before slicing them into bars.

Satisfying Snacks, Morning, Noon, or Night

I’ve been loving these granola bites to help me power through these busy mornings or as a snack in between meals. With their wholesome ingredients and blood sugar-stabilizing nutrients, they’re the perfect grab-and-go option. And let’s be real – who doesn’t love a little dark chocolate in their snack?

These bars are easy to store, too. Keep them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months or in the fridge for up to a week. That way, you always have a healthy, delicious treat on hand, whether you need a morning boost, an afternoon pick-me-up, or a satisfying late-night snack.

So the next time you’re craving something wholesome and portable, reach for one of these homemade granola bites. They’re sure to satisfy your taste buds and your nutritional needs, all while making your mornings (and your whole day) a little bit easier. And who knows – maybe they’ll even inspire you to whip up that luxurious, nutrient-dense breakfast someday soon!

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