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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Food Friday: Chocolate Fruity Granola Bites

4 tablespoons chopped almonds, toasted in a dry pan
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2/3 cup dried cherries-finely chopped 
1/3 cup dried cranberries, raisins or blueberries
2 tablespoons raw or toasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/4 cup honey (raw unfiltered)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 oz chocolate chips

Combine oats, nuts, seeds, fruit and cinnamon in one bowl and stir. Combine peanut butter, honey and extract in another bowl. Heat the nut butter for 30 seconds in the microwave if it was in the fridge, or it’s thick. Combine the peanut butter and oat mixture and mix, hands permitted. Roll out 1 inch balls and flatten slightly. Place in an airtight contain separating layers with wax paper. Refrigerate 4 hours to let moisture soak into oats. Chocolate topping: In a double boiler melt chocolate chips. Dollop on and smooth out a teaspoon of melted chocolate on each refrigerated granola bite. Place granola bites on sheet pan. Let chocolate set thoroughly and return to airtight container. Keep refrigerated. (depending on size) Makes 18-36.

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