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Cherry Almond Granola Bites – Maple Trail Mix Granola Bites, Oh My! | Gluten-Free Nutrient-Dense Snacks You Can Feel Good About Eating!

When you need something quick to eat, these gluten-free granola bites are perfect as an on-the-go satisfying snack to tide you over until you can eat a wholesome meal, a pre- or post-workout bite, or to grab as a convenient and healthy treat to energize you between meals.

Among the foods considered healthier by the public than by experts is Granola Bars. They’re thought to be healthy because they’re often made with grains, which are high in fiber, and they contain protein-rich nuts and dried fruit. But despite their healthy perception, most are posing as candy bars in disguise. The truth is that the majority of pre-packaged granola bars are made for consumer convenience, not nutrition. According to nutritionists in a 2016 New York Times survey, most pre-packaged granola bar ingredients reveal that they are not so healthy after all. Most are full of added sugars, carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, and boosted with protein powder. They’re also low in fiber. And, few are certified gluten-free.

Don’t Despair! Making homemade granola bars and bites is incredibly simple. And, by making them yourself, you can make sure that they contain gluten-free ingredients and have all the nutritional value you need.

It’s also easy to customize your recipe to your specific likes by switching out ingredients with similar food options such as nut butters, dried fruits, seeds and other goodies to make nutrient-dense snacks that are full of your favorite flavors and tastes.

In my kitchen, I’ve always been a big proponent of incorporating ingredients packed with fiber, protein, and good-for-you superfoods to keep you full and satisfied into meals and snacks. To that end, I believe that granola bars, or bites, in this case, should be eaten to support a balanced meal, not as a meal replacement. With that said, I’ll be the first to admit that I do eat bars (bites) occasionally in place of an actual meal when I’m in a hurry and pressed for time. And, while I know, it can be tricky to make healthy snacking choices when you’re juggling schedules or constantly on the go. Perhaps, the best we can hope for is to be mindful of our choices.

These Cherry Almond Granola Bites offer you and your family a healthier granola snack that’s packed with fiber, protein, and good-for-you superfoods that’ll keep you full and satisfied for whatever your day holds in store.

My favorite way to divide up a pan full is to cut into 1 x 1-inch bites. The tiny bites are a convenient way to eat them in a hurry, great for traveling, and they’re the perfect size for revving up your energy mid-day in just a bite or two!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: G-Free Deliciously, Everything Else, Snacks

Cuisine: American

Yield: 177 (1 x 1 Bites)

Serving Size: 2

Cherry Almond Granola Bites – Maple Trail Mix Granola Bites, Oh My!

When you need something quick to eat, these gluten-free granola bites are perfect as an on-the-go satisfying snack to tide you over until you can eat a wholesome meal, a pre- or post-workout bite, or to grab as a convenient and healthy treat to energize you between meals.

Ingredients

    For the Cherry Almond Granola Bites
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Blue Agave
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 1/4 Cups gluten-free Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (Not instant)
  • 3/4 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 3/4 Cup Dried Cherries
  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup roasted, unsalted, shelled Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Flax Seeds
    For the Maple Trail Mix Granola Bites
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 1/4 Cups gluten-free Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (Not instant)
  • 3/4 Cup chopped Pecans
  • 3/4 Cup total, Equal amounts of dried Cranberries and Golden Raisins
  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup gluten-free Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips*
  • 1 Teaspoon gluten-free Vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF
  2. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper leaving one-inch extending past each end for lifting to remove from pan. Spray parchment with gluten-free nonstick food spray.
    For the Cherry Almond Granola Bites
  1. In a small saucepan combine coconut oil, agave, sugar, and salt. Simmer over medium heat until the oil melts.
  2. Combine oats, almonds, cherries, coconut, sunflower seed, and flax seeds in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted oil and sugar mixture, stirring to combine.
  3. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan, pressing into an even layer.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the pan, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the pan.
  6. Using the parchment paper, lift the cooled bars. And place on a cutting board. Cut the bars into 1 x 1-inch squares (for larger bars cut into 18 equal-size bars).
  7. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week or freeze up to three months.
    For the Maple Trail Mix Granola Bites
  1. In a small saucepan combine coconut oil, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Simmer over medium heat until the oil melts.
  2. Combine the oats, pecans, cranberries and raisins, coconut, and chia seeds in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted oil and syrup mixture, stir to combine.
  3. *Let the mixture cool slightly and add in the chocolate chips, stir to combine.
  4. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan, pressing into an even layer.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, turn the pan, and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely in the pan.
  7. Using the parchment paper, lift the cooled bars. And place on a cutting board. Cut the bars into 1 x 1-inch squares (for larger bars cut into 18 equal-size bars).
  8. Melt the remaining gluten-free Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips (approximately 5 ounces) in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir and continue heating for additional 30-second intervals until the chocolate is thin and completely melted.
  9. Working quickly, spoon a thin layer (about half) of the melted chocolate on a clean sheet of parchment large enough to hold all the bars.
  10. Arrange the cut bars on top of the layer of chocolate, then finish by drizzling the remaining melted chocolate over the top and let sit until the chocolate is cooled and set.
  11. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week or freeze up to three months.
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