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.
We made it to 2015 everyone, yay! So you know what that means right? Some new years resolutions typically include something about trying to eat healthier, work out, and all that jazz. I certainly find myself getting motivated to get fit after stuffing my face with pumpkin cheesecake, apple pie, and shortbread cookies the entire holiday season!
Back in September, I made peanut butter chocolate chips granola cups when I was on maternity leave, and staying home with baby James full time. 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.
So for the new year, I decided to make dark chocolate granola snack cups. I wanted to bring them to work during those afternoon lulls and post-gym workouts (trying to get these momma hips back in shape!). 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 have a weakness, and its name is dark chocolate. 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 (thank goodness!), 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.
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. Now don’t go eating pounds of chocolate because it’s an incredibly rich source of antioxidants, but it I wouldn’t blame you if you did! Source: LiveStrong- Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate.
Grab & Go Dark Chocolate Granola Snack Cups
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 1/2 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 medium saucepan, heat honey, brown sugar for one 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 a mixer with peanut butter mixture, 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 the mixture firmly into each cup. 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 dark chocolate drizzle, melt ¼ cup of the dark chocolate chips in a small bowl fitted over a pot of simmering water. Stir the chocolate chip 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. Refrigerate dark chocolate granola cups until the chocolate has hardened.
- Store the dark chocolate granola cups in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.