funfetti granola bites.

oh dear.

what have i done?

somehow, someway, sprinkles hopped into my bowl of oats…

now, i’ve shared my love for addiction to granola…  i’ve shared my love for addiction to funfetti

let’s just combine the two and see what happens?!


mmmm. that’s my kind of energy snack.

now can someone please clean the runaway sprinkles hiding on my kitchen floor?!

funfetti granola bites

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

makes about 20 balls

  • 2 1/4 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup yellow cake mix (the dry cake mix)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles (more or less, depending on your love for addiction to sprinkles)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.  Stir well, until all oats are moistened.  This will take some elbow grease!
  2. Refrigerate mixture for AT LEAST 1 hour (preferably 2 – you want the whole mixture pretty stiff and stick together well)
  3. Remove from refrigerator and roll into balls. Enjoy!
adapted from Little Bitty Bakes
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what to do with that extra cake mix leftover in the box?! use it in these 😉

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cake batter rice krispie treats

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cake batter chocolate chip cookies

 

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peanut butter cup granola.

another chocolate & peanut butter recipe. sigh.


i mean, are you really surprised? there’s enough chocolate and peanut butter going on around here to make a Reese’s jealous.

i even add chocolate and peanut butter to my breakfast. (don’t judge).

and most recently, i’ve been loading my favorite flavor combo into granola.

like i’ve mentioned before, whenever i’m making granola, i stick to 5 main ingredients and work off of those.

  1. Grains (oats)
  2. Nuts/seeds
  3. Dried fruit
  4. A sticky sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc)
  5. A binder (nut butter, pureed dried fruit, apple sauce, etc)

i really just use anything i have in the pantry at the time in each of those categories. that’s the beauty of granola and/or granola bars… they are uniquely versatile and you can mix/match based on what you like/have in the pantry.

this time, my pantry was loaded with chocolate and peanut butter. shocker. so i worked off of those. 🙂

if you like peanut butter and chocolate (who doesn’t?!?!?!), then this is for you. it’s a peanut butter cup in a bowl. one of my many healthy, wholesome granolas that won’t weigh you down. enjoy!

peanut butter cup granola

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)
makes about 5 cups
  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more, go by your taste preference)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup honey roasted peanut butter (or regular creamy peanut butter)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line large baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, ground flax, peanuts, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for about 30 seconds in the microwave.  You want it to be runny and mixed together well (add more honey or peanut butter if needed until smooth and liquidy).
  4. Pour melted peanut butter mixture over oat mixture.  Make sure all oats are moistened. Lightly stir in half of the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and press the oats down.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and mix around so that all sides bake evenly.  Pop back into the oven for another 15 minutes.  Remove and mix in the raisins and remaining chocolate chips.  The warm granola will melt the chocolate and bind the granola.  Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

*this granola is pretty similiar to my oatmeal raisin cookie granola, but i added ground flax, honey roasted peanuts, more chocolate chips and used less cinnamon.

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ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too 

peanut butter & jelly granola

peanut butter & jelly granola

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

apple cinnamon granola

maple pecan pie granola (vegan)

maple pecan pie granola

apple cinnamon granola (vegan).

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there have been a few too many cookies around here recently. not that i’m complaining:

  

let’s take a break from the butter and sugar overload (not a long break, don’t you worry!  i have 3 new cookie recipes to throw at you next week…) and sit back with some wholesome, 100% vegan, and guilt-free apple cinnamon granola.

homemade granola is SO much easier than you think. not only is incredibly cheaper than storebought, it is also 10000% healthier. no crazy ingredients you can hardly pronounce, unnecessary added sugars, fats, or preservatives.

   

take note: whenever i’m making granola, i stick to 5 basic components and mix & match with whatever i have laying around. sticking to those 5 main ingredients makes it easy to come up with creative, tasty granola recipes:

  1. Grains (oats)
  2. Nuts/seeds
  3. Dried fruit
  4. A sticky sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc)
  5. A binder (nut butter, pureed dried fruit, apple sauce, etc)

apple cinnamon granola (vegan)

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)

make 4.5 cups

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup ground flax
  • 5 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (go by taste preference. i LOVE a ton of cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup dried apple rings, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flax, cinnamon, pecans, and dried apples. Stir to combine.
  3. In a seperate small bowl, whisk together applesauce, maple syrup, and salt. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir until all oats are coated well. Add more maple syrup/applesauce if needed.
  4. Pour mixture over prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool uncovered for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Taste Tester comments:
  • “this granola is soft and not a typical crunchy granola. it tastes very light and doesn’t weigh me down.”
  • “i love the chewy dried apple pieces!”

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too ;)

maple almond butter breakfast cookies (vegan)

maple almond butter breakfast cookies

peanut butter & jelly granola

peanut butter & jelly granola

& in case you’re itchin’ for something a little sweeter….

vanilla cupcakes for two

vanilla cupcakes for two

peanut butter and jelly granola.

pb&j granola

i’ve certainly made a lot of granola recently, but this granola is definitely my favorite of the bunch.  it reminded me of my oatmeal raisin cookie granola, except minus the chocolate and replace with some fruity jam. 🙂 it smells like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich while it’s baking, and the end result tastes like one too. with a lot of crunch! i love the salty/sweet, chewy/crunchy combos this granola has.  i chose apricot jam for this particular batch, but i’m sure a strawberry or raspberry jam would be good too (oooo maybe with craisins or dried strawberries instead of raisins…future recipe for me, perhaps?!) hope you enjoy! 🙂

INGREDIENTS

lightly adapted from Simply Scratch

  • 3 cups whole rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup ground flax
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam (or any flavor)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup raisins

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax, cinnamon, peanuts, and pecans.  Stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the peanut butter and honey together for about 30 seconds in the microwave (you want it to be runny and smooth). Pour over oat mixture.
  4. Next, add the jam and canola oil to the oat mixture.  Gently mix. You want the jam and peanut butter to (kind of) stay seperate.
  5. Pour mixture over prepared baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Remove from oven and add raisins.  Allow to cool uncovered for about 30 minutes to give the granola time to crunch up. Enjoy!

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ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too ;)

homemade honey roasted peanut butter

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

caramel apple peanut butter oatmeal bars

& in case you’re itchin’ for something a little sweeter….

1 giant reese’s pieces peanut butter cookie

giant reese's pieces peanut butter cookie

maple pecan pie granola

who loves pecan pie?!  i know i do.  i made my most recent granola with the flavors of fall in mind. it’s generously loaded with pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon, and brown sugar. what i love most about this particular granola is that the ingredient list is incredibly short (probably things you all have on hand) and can be stirred together all in one bowl. easy peasy. 🙂

maple pecan pie granola

(categorized under granola & healthy stuff)
makes 2.5 cups
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray large baking sheet w/ nonstick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir until all the oats are evenly coated.
  3. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool completely (air will help it get crunchy) and enjoy!

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

oatmeal raisin cookie granola

this granola tastes like (very peanut butter-y) oatmeal raisin cookie dough …but has absolutely no refined sugars or added oil/butter, much unlike any granola you’d find at the store!  i added salted peanuts, chocolate chips, and raisins.  i also used a cinnamon raisin peanut butter i found at the store, but regular peanut butter or even almond butter would work too 🙂

 oatmeal raisin cookie granola

  • 2.5 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (go by taste preference)
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (i used chunky, but smooth peanut butter or almond butter would work)
  • 1.5 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line large baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for about 30 seconds in the microwave.  Mixture will be runny.
  4. Pour melted peanut butter mixture over oat mixture.  Make sure all oats are moistened.
  5. Spread onto prepared baking sheet and press the oats down.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and mix around so that all sides bake evenly.  Pop back into the oven for another 15 minutes.  Remove and mix in the raisins and chocolate chips.  The warm granola will melt the chocolate and bind the granola.  Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

ps- i think you’ll enjoy these healthy bites too 😉

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter banana oatmeal bars

peanut butter & jelly granola

pb&j granola

cinnamon cranberry walnut granola

cinnamon cranberry & walnut granola

i didn’t really keep track of any measurements and was more or less throwing things into the bowl to create this recipe.  whenever making granola, i stick to 5 basic components and mix & match with whatever ingredients i have on hand: grains (oats), nuts/seeds, dried fruit, a sticky sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave, etc) and a binder (nut butter, pureed dried fruit, almond butter, etc).  sticking to these 5 main ingredients makes it easy to come up with new granola recipes!

INGREDIENTS

makes 5 cups

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (i used chunky, but smooth would be good too)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • brown sugar (for sprinkling)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, quickly whisk together honey & peanut butter.  Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until fully combined and melted.  Stir in cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, cranberries, & raisins.  Pour peanut butter/honey/cinnamon mixture overtop and mix everything together.  Make sure all oats are thoroughly coated.
  4. Line 2 large baking sheets with wax paper and spread oats overtop. Sprinkle with a light dusting of brown sugar (it will caramelize and allow the granola to stick together a bit).
  5. Bake one batch at a time for 20 minutes, remove from oven and stir around, flipping the granola.
  6. Bake for 15 more minutes, remove, and let cool.  Granola will harden up as it’s cooling. Keep in an air-tight container.  Granola does not have to be refrigerated.
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