Fruit and Nut Granola Bites

Healthy, portable, and delicious granola bites packed with dried fruit, healthy nuts and seeds. They are the perfect for an on the go breakfast or afternoon snack. Just pop one of these granola bites in your mouth for an instant energy boost to keep you satisfied for hours. I am one of those people who always has something in their purse to munch on just in case. My go to snack is usually a granola or protein bar. The Fruit and Nut Granola Bars are my favorite to make. I usually make them about once a week and throw them into lunch boxes, my gym bag, or purse. I decided that I needed to turn my favorite granola bar recipe into a pop-able snack. I used a mixture of six different dried fruits for these granola bites, but you can substitute 1 1/2 cups of your favorite dried fruits. Happy “pop”ing! :D

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Fruit and Nut Granola Bites

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 1/4 peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two mini muffin tins with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oatmeal, almonds, and coconut. Spread onto a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the pistachios, peanuts, wheat germ, flaxseed and sunflower kernels.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to a boil. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the blueberries, cherries, raisins, apricots, cranberries  and golden raisins and stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared muffin tins. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into muffin cup; Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool for at least 30 minutes in muffin tins before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yields: 2 dozen bites

Source: Inspired by How Sweet It Is, granola adapted from Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

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22 Responses to “Fruit and Nut Granola Bites”

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    Judy — August 14, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    I make something very similar, great to have on hand to grab-n-go! Far healthier than anything in the store.

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — August 14, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    i love the granola bites! using a mini muffin pan is an awesome idea, good way of portion controlling them too lol. i could prolly eat the entire batch. i love nuts and dried fruit :)

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    Cassie [Bake Your Day] — August 14, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    These sound fantastic! Packed with delicious stuff, lovely!

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    Lisa {smartfoodandfit} — August 14, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    This is my first time visiting your site! I love granola bites, I make granola for my kids all the time. Anything in cute little shapes or bite size pieces is what works for my picky preschooler! I’ll have to try your recipe, I love experimenting with different granola recipes! I just subscribed to your blog and look forward to more yummy posts!

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    Amy — August 14, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    I always like to keep food in my purse in case hunger strikes, too! These look like a perfect, healthy and filling snack :)

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    Clare — August 14, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    These look delicious! I’ll have to give them a try. :)

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — August 14, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    Oh this is great. I need to make these before our next road trip!

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    Reem — August 14, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    What a delicious little bites !!! This is perfect for those scary hunger strikes…… Love it

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    Maris (in Good Taste) — August 14, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    I just love the bite size portions!

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    rebecca — August 14, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    oh wow these look great and good for travel

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    Erin — August 14, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    I am always snacking on granola bars. Love that you made them bite size = fun!

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    jennknee — August 15, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    These are adorable! Perfect and portable!

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    colleen74 — August 16, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Ooh these remind me of the granola bites you can buy at Costco…except much better since they’re homemade!

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    briarrose — August 16, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    I like to keep snacks in my bag as well for a rogue attack of the munchies. These are wonderful treats. Such a great mix of fruit and nuts.

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — August 16, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    I love how pretty these look, lots of color :) wishing I had some right now to try.

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — August 17, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    What a great snack option! Need to make a batch of these asap.

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    Richa@HobbyandMore — August 19, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    such a fun snack idea! and in a muffin pan.. love all the good grains, fruits and nuts in it!

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    KatsHealthCorner — August 31, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    I’m telling ya, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!

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    Sally Harrison — April 12, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

    Oh. My. Word. These are scrumptious. i made a few alterations in the nut/fruit ingredients (omitted blueberries/cherries/golden raisins/peanuts which I didn’t have on hand) but kept the same quantity called for and it yielded 4 dozen mini-muffin sized bites plus 4 regular-muffin sized portions. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

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