Who doesn’t love granola. Crunchy, nutty, maple-y, spiced and a great way to start the day. It’s nice as a snack too. Loose granola is fine for when you are at home, but what about when you are on the go? Here is a portable version of my roasted maple granola – chocolate chip granola bites.
Chocolate Chip Granola Bites
As I was handing zip bags of granola to friends to take on their flight home, I realized it would not be so easy to eat loose granola on an airplane. I needed to come up with an more transportable version that would work for when you want to carry it with you. I used my own granola recipe and baked them in a mini muffin pan for Chocolate chip granola bites. The perfect size to tuck into a handbag, briefcase, backpack or lunchbox.
To make the granola bites, I added egg whites to make the mixture stick together. Instead of adding dried fruit (optional in my granola), I decided on chocolate chips as a treat. For chocolate chips, I used sugar-free chips made by Lily’s Sweets. They taste terrific. These are the same chips I used in the Forgotten Cookies recipe a few weeks ago.
As we eat gluten-free, I used gluten-free rolled oats as the base. For the coconut, use a fine, dry, coconut like Bob’s Red Mill Fine Macaroon Coconut. It’s unsweetened and unsulphured. For maple syrup, only use the real thing. Cinnamon is a natural as the warm spice flavor. For something a little different, try Chinese Five Spice, a warming, aromatic blend that includes cinnamon.
To bake these you will need a mini muffin pan with 24 cups or wells. The one I use has wells 1 1/4″ deep and 2″ across measured on the inside. To get them out of the pan, one handy (and cheap) little tool I use a lot in the kitchen is a mini off-set spatula. Find them online, at cooking stores and restaurants supply stores.
Chocolate Chip Granola Bites
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 6 ounces, gluten-free preferably
- 1/2 cup dry, fine, unsweetened coconut thread 1 1/2 ounces, Bobs Red Mill
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts 1 ounce
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped slivered blanched almonds 1 ounce
- 2 tablespoons raw unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 3 tablespoons sugar-free dark chocolate chips Lilys Sweets
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or Chinese Five Spice
- 2 egg whites
- Pre-heat oven to 325º. Spray a mini muffin pan (see post for notes). In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix the oats, coconut, nuts, and seeds. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, oil, spice and egg whites. Pour the liquid into the dry mix and story until the dry mix is completely and evenly coated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- In the sprayed mini muffin pan, pack approximately 2 tablespoons of the granola into each well. Tamp down firmly. Bake approximately 25 minutes (that is what it takes in my convection oven), until firm and the edges are just a light golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely in the pan, then pop out each bite with a mini spatula or thin knife.