Nutty “granola” Bites

One of my favorite pre-paleo snacks was granola. I’ve tried several paleo versions of granola, but they’re always really crumbly and hard to transport. So, here is a yummy, portable granola-y treat.

I’ve made these with all different combinations of nuts and seeds, so feel free to use what you like!

1/2 c pumpkin seeds
3/4 c sunflower seeds (raw)
1 1/2 c coconut flakes – I use these big flakes and they make it so yummy!
1 c sliced almonds
1 1/2 c pecans, roughly chopped
1 c almond meal (I like meal better then flour here)
1/2 c melted coconut oil
1/8 – 1/4 c honey
1/8 c maple syrup
1 T vanilla
cinnamon, optional

Preheat oven to 325.

In large bowl, mix all dry ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix all wet ingredients.

Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix really well – making sure all the dry get coated.

Grease mini muffin tins with a little bit of coconut oil. Fill tins with the granola mix.

Bake for 10 minutes then check on them and rotate pan. Bake 5-10 more minutes until the tops are starting to brown. Let cool completely in pan. You’ll have to use a knife to help them out. I often bake them in a silicone muffin tin and the pop out very easily.

You can also just make this on a sheet pan with parchment paper. Just bake for about 20 minutes, stirring it half way through.

These make a great snack for dirty handed little ones…

Enjoy!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

About once a week we make some kind of Larabar copy, we usually make a version with cocoa powder, dates, and whatever nut we have.  This recipe was a great change and the kids loved it.  I have also started to learn about the health benefits of lemons, and will add our lemon garlic chicken recipe soon.  Lemon is known for helping to strengthen your immunity system and cleanses your stomach. It is also a great antioxidant.

ImageLemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites
From http://thecopycatcook.wordpress.com

1 cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup shredded coconut
4 tsp poppy seeds
¼ tsp allspice or cinnamon
2/3 cup raisins
3 tbsp lemon juice
grated zest from half of a lemon

Process all seeds, coconut and spices until the seeds are well ground. Set aside two tablespoons of the processed mixture in a small bowl to coat finished bites. ( I actually just put all ingredients in the processor until I had a good consistency.  I didn’t do the coating.)

Add raisins, lemon juice and zest to the food processor. Process until all of the raisins are small and the mixture starts to clump together.

Squeeze and roll the mixture into balls. Coat with the seed mixture and store in the fridge