Raisin Pretzel Granola Balls

WOW! This is my first post! And I want to tell you about the granola balls I made last week.

Umm…did you mean granola bars? NOPE! Tastes like a bar but it’s shaped like a ball. I’ve made similar ones before. I would half-use a recipe but they all seemed to have at least one weird ingredient that I didn’t have around. And when I’m in the mood to bake something, I don’t want to wait to get an ingredient at the grocery store and make the recipe a few days later. I want to make it now! So I’m not about weird ingredients.

Anyway, I wanted to make something that I could have for breakfast or a snack, and it was important that it didn’t use the oven because it was one hot and humid day!

This particular time, I didn’t use a recipe at all. After using several before, I decided that in general you can use 3/4 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of liquid/binding ingredients, and 1 cup of extra fillers like raisins, nuts, or grains. Using my intuition and the simple ingredients I found in our cupboards, I came up with a pretty good granola ball.

I started with the obvious old fashioned oats. I also knew I wanted to use pretzels because I have noticed that the granola bars with pretzels always seem to be my favorite! I tinkered around in the kitchen searching the pantry for other creative add-ins like crispy rice cereal and almond extract.

I made it in a way similar to my favorite granola recipe, heating coconut oil and, adding vanilla and almond extract, and then mixing it into the dry ingredients.

After munching on the oat mixture as I stirred, I made 19 granola balls, each about 1 inch in diameter! But without tasting it along the way I could’ve easily made 21 or 22 🙂

A while back, I said “no” to far too many recipes due to the fact that they called for chia seeds (which I didn’t have). So the next time I saw them at the grocery store I grabbed them quickly! Too quickly. I bought ground chia seeds, though I would’ve chosen the whole chia seeds if I had looked closer. Anyway, I used ground chia seeds for this recipe but either would be fine!

Granola bars, balls, or just plain old granola are definitely my go-to recipe because they are so adaptable! I am not likely to remake recipes, even the ones I love, because to me there’s no creativity or excitement in recreating a dish I already know works! With granola, you can interchange spices, extracts, and other add-ins. As long as the wet to dry ingredient ratio is maintained, you should be good to go! So even though I highly recommend these granola balls, I would encourage anyone to tweak it as they please and share with me the new creations they come up with!

Have a happy day 🙂

 

 

Raisin Pretzel Granola Balls

Yield: About 20 granola balls

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

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pretzels, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped small
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 4 pieces (~0.5 oz) milk chocolate chopped very small
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract (optional, but does add a lot of flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine dry ingredients (oats, cereal, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, pretzels, almonds, raisins, and chocolate) 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 almond extract and vanilla extract into wet ingredients.
  4. Pour wet ingredient mixture over dry ingredients and combine. Add chia seeds and stir in well.
  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: DO NOT roll them into balls. They will crumble apart and stick to your hand. Instead, close your hand around it and form into a ball, compacting it.

 

 

Note: These nutrition facts are not exact! I didn’t keep track of fat, cholesterol, or sodium so those are not included. Calories and carbohydrates are very accurate but others are rounded.