Grab & go dark chocolate granola snack bites are a treat when you need a healthy energy boost throughout the day. Packed with oats, flax, and crunchy crisps.
These dark chocolate granola snack cups are great to bring them to work during those afternoon lulls and post-gym workouts. This recipe is fast and tasty, and it’s just what you need to grab & go as you head out the door for that busy day ahead!
I was inspired by my peanut butter chocolate chips granola cups. They were a lifesaver because they gave me the energy I needed to make it through the day and some extra healthy nutrients from the oats and flaxseeds.
Thankfully if you are going to have a craving, dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants so a little bit won’t hurt ya. These little cups are filled with protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids from the oat bran, peanut butter, and ground flaxseeds.
The tops are drizzled with a little extra dark chocolate, such a nice little treat to keep you smiling and going. I make them in a mini-muffin pan, so they are portion-controlled. Everything in moderation is okay I say, just try not to have more than 1 to 2 at a time or they become more like a meal replacement!
Keep these little snack cups refrigerated, and they’ll last a few weeks so you can grab one whenever you need it. Need more healthy snacks to nibble on? Try my super easy no bake snack bites, and my granola mix to top your yogurts or apricot almond snack bar. Happy new year!
What are antioxidants found in dark chocolate?
You may have heard a lot about antioxidants, especially the ones that come from food like dark chocolate, blueberries, and green tea to name just a few. Antioxidants are compounds found exclusively in plants and may help fight cellular damage caused by an abundance of free radicals. The antioxidants found in the cocoa portion of dark chocolate are called epicatechin, a compound from plant flavonoids that have been shown in studies to provide protection to your vascular system, heart, and brain. Just don’t go eating pounds of chocolate because it’s an incredibly rich source of antioxidants. Source: LiveStrong- Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate.
Grab & Go Chocolate Granola Bites
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup peanut butter, creamy
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips, 60% cacao recommended
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup rice crisps
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
- 2 tablespoons oat bran
- In a saucepan, heat the honey and brown sugar for 1 minute over medium heat until brown sugar is dissolved. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Add mixture to a mixer fitted with a paddle.
- Add peanut butter and ¼ cup chocolate chips and mix over medium speed until combined and chocolate has melted, about 2 minutes.
- In a medium-sized bowl combine oats, crisps, flaxseed, and oat bran. Pour into the mixer and combine over medium-low speed, about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Using a mini cupcake tin, enough to make 24 cups, add a heaping tablespoon of the dark chocolate granola mixture into each cup. Press down on the mixture firmly. Each cup should be at least ¾ full with the mix.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour or until the cups have hardened and are easy to remove with a small knife.
- To make the chocolate drizzle, melt ¼ cup of the dark chocolate chips in a double boiler or a small bowl fitted over a pot of simmering water. Stir the chocolate chips until melted and smooth.
- Transfer melted chocolate to a small resealable plastic bag, cutting off a small corner of the bag to allow the chocolate to be piped. Drizzle the chocolate over each granola bite. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened.
- Store bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.
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