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Granola Bites! Aren’t these nut-free granola bites adorable? As I’ve shared before, we eat a lot of homemade energy bars and bites in my house. I love that they can be made ahead and placed in the fridge for quick, easy, healthy snacks anytime hunger strikes.
The nut-free granola bites are made with wholesome old-fashioned oats, crunchy brown rice crisps and perfectly sweet California Raisins (link to site). I love that raisins are 100% naturally sweetened by the sun with no added sugar. It’s why they are a go-to snack in my house and something I feel good giving Vander over and over again.
I was inspired to make these bites after visiting the recipe section on the California Raisins website.
These granola bites couldn’t be easier to put together. Throw everything into the base of your food processor and pulse until a sticky mixture forms. Roll into balls and place in the fridge— that’s it!
If you don’t own a food processor, you’ll want to melt together the sunflower seed butter, maple syrup and coconut oil and then add to the dry ingredients. You may need a little more butter or coconut oil to help them stick together as the food processor does this work for you.
There’s so much going on here. The texture from the puffed brown rice crisps pair perfectly with the creamy seed butter and chewy raisins. Did I mention how much kids love them? As I was photographing these, Van stole a few granola bites off the board and then we enjoyed them again after he woke up from his nap.
As raisins have a natural sweetness, I love that I can cut down on sugar amounts in these kind of recipes. I do call for a little maple syrup, though any type of liquid sweetener like honey or agave will also work.
Lastly, these granola bites are nut-free thanks to the use of sunflower seed butter. While I’m thankful that my kiddos don’t have any nut allergies, so many of our friends do! These granola bites work for everyone. They’re vegan, gluten-free and nut-free!
Did you know the average person eats far less fruit than recommended? While the numbers vary widely depending on which poll you look at, the fact is that many of us come up drastically short on how many fruits and vegetables we are consuming on a daily basis. The Center for Disease Control estimates that only 1 in 10 Americans eat the recommended amount.
Portable, ready-to-eat snacks like raisins help to fill in this gap. And since they aren’t as perishable as fresh fruit (looking at you berries!), raisins are great lunch-box and purse staple.I keep a few boxes in the car and my purse for healthy snacking on the go.
I hope you try these nut-free granola bites! If you do, make sure to come back and rate the recipe and leave a comment. Your feedback helps other readers and seeing you make my recipes makes my day!
And, if you’re looking for more delicious ways to use California Raisins, make sure to head to their website for lots of sweet and savory recipe ideas.
Nut Free Granola Bites! These healthy, vegan and naturally sweetened granola bites are a must-try. A kid-friendly snack and perfect for lunch boxes.
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
3/4 cup California Raisins
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 cup sunflower seed butter*
1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*Most brands of sunflower seed butter are salted. If you find an unsalted version, add in 1/4 teaspoon salt to these bites.