New and Improved Granola Balls

If you thought that last batch of granola balls you made was delicious, wait till you try these! While I still like the Raisin Pretzel granola balls that I shared with y’all a few weeks ago, these are better in so many ways!

The number 1 reason why I prefer these is that they are so much easier to shape into balls! You may have had issues similar to mine with that last recipe…let me guess: your hands were covered in the granola and it stuck and each next time you tried to shape another ball it just joined the sticky stuff on your hands? Sorry, I did come across those same obstacles. It still tasted good and I thought it was worth the effort, but now that I’ve discovered these….oh, there’s no going back.

I thought to make granola balls today because this week is volleyball tryout week for me and I thought granola balls would be a good snack to eat during our 15 minute break in the middle of practice. So using my last granola ball recipe as a guide, I came up with these little gems.

I didn’t want to use crispy rice cereal this time. I used only old fashioned oats because they have less sugar, and are higher in fiber and protein. Since I was planning on eating these as a workout snack, I wanted them to be extra good for me! I also cut the brown sugar from 1 Tbsp to 1 tsp, and next time I think I’d try leaving it out altogether because the honey sweetens it enough!

I followed the same general process as before, but with some substitutions. Dates instead of raisins. Pecans and walnuts instead of almonds. Extra oats in place of cereal. I also left out the almond extract.

Anyway, I highly recommend that you try making these! Try a different nut butter if you prefer. We never have almond butter around the house but I’m sure that would be even better than peanut butter. Like always, I encourage you to tweak recipes with the ingredients that you prefer or have in your cupboards!

I sincerely hope that you enjoy these as much as I do!

 

 

Date Nut Granola Balls

Yield: 15-20 granola bars, depending on how big you make them

Work Time: 20 minutes          Wait time: 30 minutes          Total time: About 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1  1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds (optional, but adds good nutrients)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine dry ingredients (oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, dates, chocolate chips, and chia seeds ) in a medium bowl.
  2. Microwave coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter in a small bowl on high power about 30 seconds or until melted.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into heated wet ingredients.
  4. Pour wet ingredient mixture over dry ingredients and combine.
  5. Chill the whole bowl (covered) in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or up to a few hours. After it chills, shape them into balls and store in the refrigerator.

Note: These nutrition facts are not exact! I didn’t keep track of fat, cholesterol, or sodium so those are not included. Also, each serving has 103 calories but for some reason the nutrition facts label generator I used rounds down :/ whatever