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
- 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
- Combine dry ingredients (oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, dates, chocolate chips, and chia seeds ) in a medium bowl.
- Microwave coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter in a small bowl on high power about 30 seconds or until melted.
- Stir vanilla extract into heated wet ingredients.
- Pour wet ingredient mixture over dry ingredients and combine.
- 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