I began making these granola bites in earnest when a series of sleep-deprived shopping trips last year left me with about five kilograms of oats to use, STAT.
I will admit that once I had painstakingly worked my way through the apocalypse-prepping supply of oats, I needed a bit of a break from this super successful granola bar recipe.
In any case I suddenly remembered the recipe a couple of weeks ago with a renewed sense of affection and the children are now asking for them on repeat, so we can be thankful that it is a truly foolproof smug and lazy option.
I have played around with the quantities a little to try and cut down slightly on the sugar – but it is still unashamedly sweet, in part because the honey/maple syrup makes them very sturdy bars – no crumbling in sight. Also, the sweet treat element is a trade-off I’m fairly willing to make, given they are also packed with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia, flax, and just about anything else healthy you fancy throwing in there.
No nuts, so they are packed-lunch friendly, although if I were making them just for home I would probably throw in some well chopped almonds as well. Anything goes really, as long as you stick to the dry/wet ratio to make sure there is enough honey mix to bind them properly.
The other minor tweak, on the original recipe – I used to throw a handful of mini chocolate chips into the mix before leaving it to set in the fridge but this did slow the process down a little – as you must wait for the mix to cool completely before you add the chocolate chips and press into the tin, otherwise the chocolate chips all melt and the result isn’t that pretty (been there).
So now I just press the oat mix into the tin immediately, leave to set, and then drizzle a little melted dark chocolate on top when I get chance. I have even been known to serve them up without chocolate and they are deemed acceptable by 3 out of 4 children in this house, a reasonable success, in case you want to keep things simpler (and even smugger re the sugar content).
Note the experienced and patient chocolate piping work, a measure of how desperate I was to sit down with a cup of tea (very).
Anyway if you, too, have had a sufficient break from oat based recipes and are ready to get involved, here is the 2018 edition: