This has nothing to do with living in Germany and everything to do with I need to share this treat with you. Plus, once I posted my proud creation on Instagram a friend knew they immediately had to have it :).
I made these granola bites because I had some ingredients to use up and I had a sweet tooth at the time, which definitely influenced the final flavor of these.
I made them on Saturday, today is Friday, and they’ve held up well all week. I have taken 6 to work Mon-Wed-Fri (trying not to eat soooo much sugar all the time) and have enough left for the same routine next week. Ultimately I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t.
The ball shape is fun but next time I’m going to try squares, simply because the glass containers I use are squared. I’m going to try pressing the mixture into the containers and then using that as a guide for how big they should be. Also, there’s a bit of a texture thing, the ball shape makes them much denser than I would really like all the time. On the other hand, I like satisfying mouthfeel so maybe it’ll be half and half.
All these ingredients (except vanilla extract and maybe the chocolate chips) are readily found in German supermarkets and I have the translations and amounts below. I bought everything (except the chocolate chips and vanilla) at Rewe and Perfetto.
Below is what I did for these, but next time I’ll use less peanut butter and less spice, maybe less honey as well. These balls were very chewy and I wanted a bit more oat texture. The proportions are more important than the ingredients ultimately, so if chewier is better, more peanut butter and honey and vice versa.
1 C oats
1/2 C chocolate chips
1/2 C peanut butter
1/3 C honey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract***
1/2 tsp “Fall/Winter spice”*
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 baking sheet
1 sheet of wax paper
1 large bowl
1 medium bowl
- Pour oats, salt and spices together, mix
- Add chocolate chips, mix
- In another bowl, mix honey and peanut butter until combined
- Add all together, mix until there isn’t any powdery appearance to the oats anymore
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out mixture and form balls. Mine are roughly 1″ in diameter.
- Place finished balls on baking sheet covered with wax paper
- Put in fridge for 20 minutes before eating**
*Fall/Winter spice: this is a blend of white sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Completely optional and next time I’m adding some of these spices and leaving out the sugar
**If you haven’t seen the weather in Europe lately, we are under a serious Arctic freeze so actually I put my (covered) baking sheet on my window ledge and in 10 minutes they were rock solid, it was -5° that day.
I’m also thinking of adding in flaxseed or other binders which are protein friendly. I don’t like coconut but I’m betting coconut flakes would also be excellent in this recipe.
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130 g Haferflocken
65 g Schokotropfen
130 g Erdnussbutter
110 g Hönig
6 g Salz
5ml Vanilla Extract***
6 g Kardamom (ein bisscher weniger, wann die andere Gewürze sind benutzen.)
***this isn’t found in Germany, but making your own is easy!