These no bake peanut butter granola balls are super simple to make, full of healthy ingredients, and make a great snack for active kids and adults alike.  

peanut butter granola balls

I’ve been making these Peanut Butter Granola Balls for many years.  I’ve made lots of different versions but this recipe is probably our favorite.  Such a great combination of healthy fats, complex carbs, and protein!  They are easy to make, don’t require any cooking or baking, and they are sweet enough to feel like a little bit of a treat.  My boys love them and have some every day after school until they run out. Continue reading

dark chocolate granola cups2

My husband and kids were out of town for a few days last week so naturally I needed to make myself some sort of treat to enjoy all to myself.  I normally have to sneak my little treats if I don’t want to share but when they are gone I get to eat them out in the open with no one stealing bites.  🙂  I pretty much never make a treat that doesn’t involve dark chocolate and something crunchy.  Usually it’s nuts but this time I decided to use granola.  I’ve dropped some chocolate chips into my granola before so I knew it would make a good combination.  I also added in a little coconut because coconut added to melted chocolate always tastes great!

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kid friendly granola

I began making my own granola several years ago and I’ve made quite a few different recipes since then.  It’s taken a while, but I have finally figured out what ingredient combination we love best and how to cook it to get the best crunch.  When I first started making it I thought I didn’t like coconut.  That was because my only experience with coconut was that sweet rough stuff you find in processed desserts. Unsweetened shredded coconut usually just adds a nice crunch to recipes and gives it a great flavor without that gross gritty texture.  So don’t be afraid to give it a try!  (I made granola for about a year before adding it in and it was so much better once I did.)

My husband and I love a lot of nuts in our granola but the kids don’t.  And I don’t blame them.  When I was their age I didn’t love nuts either.  I played around with our recipe to formulate a recipe that the kids enjoy.  It does have nuts in it but not nearly as much as my husband and I like.  So now I have two separate recipes I make for the whole family.

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