Anyone who knows me knows that I’m quite the picky eater, which I can tell you is not only annoying to the people I go out to eat with but to me as well. I have tried to like more things and as I’ve gotten older my pallet has began to expand and I’m now eating things I would have never dreamed of having on my plate now become a staple item on my dinner table. (such as tomatoes. I absolutely HATED tomatoes as a kid, now I crave those guys. Go back and tell my seven year old self that and I would have told you that you “so wrong”)
As a result of being a picky eater I have learned to make my own snacks and desserts because no matter how hard I try I can’t seem to like some of the stuff that’s offered at the grocery store. The other thing I found that I like about making my own snacks is that I can regulate the amount of things such as sugar and salt that goes into my food because my body, apparently, can’t handle a whole lot of it. As a kid you get excited to grow old so that you can eat all the candy and chocolate that you want but unfortunately for me I can’t even finish the four bars out of a Kit-Kat or eat more than ten skittles. Some might say it’s a blessing in disguise, I say it’s a curse from the candy demons.
Anyways, enough rambling, I thought I would share one of my most recent favorite snacks of mine that is super easy to make and requires ingredients that most of you probably have in your homes. I give you, PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BITES!
For this recipe you will need:
► For best results with the cranberries I suggest you chop them up a little otherwise they will take up a large portion of each bite.
► You also don’t have to use cranberries and can instead use raisins or any other dried fruit of your choice, I would just advise that anything bigger than a raisin should be chopped up a little.
► You don’t have to use both the chunky and the creamy peanut butter mix, I just like that there’s more than one nut in each bite. I haven’t tried it but I’m also sure you could use almond butter if you prefer that over peanut butter.
► Chocolate chunks are also optional.
Pour all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until everything is well blended.
Lastly what you will want to do is take out about a teaspoon size amount of the mix and then with your hands roll it into a ball and VOILA! It’s as easy as that!
These little bites are perfect for a little boost at snack time if you need something to tie you over until your next meal. Personally, I like to have about two or three for breakfast with a smoothie and some fruit and it will normally keep me satisfied until lunch time. These are also a hit with my boyfriend who is not at all picky like me and I’m sure if I left the whole container with him he would probably eat the whole thing in one sitting. I also suggest putting them in the fridge, I’ve found they last a little longer and tend to taste better!
I hope you enjoyed this little recipe and in case you were wondering where I got the inspiration for this little recipe I got it off of Pinterest but you can find the original here. I changed some things to suit my pallet but be sure to check out the original if mine isn’t quite your cup of tea.