My friend Emily and I have been exchanging recipe ideas back and forth for awhile, and she shared this recipe with me the other day. It’s an oatmeal-based concoction that falls somewhere between a breakfast food and a dessert; a granola bar and an oatmeal cookie. It’s butter-less and flour-less, and just slightly sweetened with melted chocolate chips and honey.
This cheap recipe is super adaptable, and uses ingredients that you probably already have on hand. If you don’t have regular milk, you can substitute soy milk or another variety. If you have a nut allergy, you could swap in sunflower seeds or toasted coconut. There are so many different directions this recipe could go. Have fun making your own version!
Healthy Chocolate Oat Bites Recipe
Yield: 12 bite-sized snacks
For a richer, nuttier flavor, consider toasting the oats. Simply heat oats in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown (about five to seven minutes).
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (or carob chips)
4 tablespoons nut butter (such as peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter) or sunflower seed butter
3 tablespoons milk, any kind (soy milk, almond milk, dairy, etc.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup oats
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc.)
Place the chocolate chips, nut butter, and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and mix until smooth. Stir in vanilla and honey.
Add oats, walnuts, and dried fruit. Place spoonfuls of the oat mixture into a mini-muffin pan or other divided container. Press firmly to pack oat mixture in. Place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan and enjoy. Store extras in the fridge.
Adapted from: (she always loved) larking