Chewy, chocolaty bites loaded with granola, raisins and an undercurrent of peanut butter.
This recipe was born of using stuff up.
The first item I had to start using up is a granola cereal that our boy saw at Costco and thought he would love for breakfast. Because this was purchased from Costco it was of course two enormous bags of granola.
A few breakfasts and soggy, uneaten bowls of cereal later, he confessed that he did not like it. The giant bags of granola were handed off to me to see what I could do with them.
A search of the pantry revealed extra bags of chocolate chips. How that happened I have no idea, because chocolate does not usually have a long life in this house. Nevertheless, there was plenty of chocolate on hand for granola experiments.
The result of the experimentation? Candy bites, loaded with granola, raisins, almonds and peanut butter. They’re small but sweet and filling.
This recipe is a great use of the granola cereal. And since many, many pounds of it still remain to be used up, there will likely be lots of these bites in our future!
A double-boiler or a heatproof bowl to set over a pan, a large spoon, a large baking sheet, parchment or wax paper.
Sure! Use homemade, your favorite brand, or the one that looks most tempting on the store shelf.
Technically yes, but rapidly cooling the chocolate that way may cause streaks or splotches to appear on the surface, especially when the come to room temperature again. No matter what, have the bites be at room temp. before eating them because they’re too hard to bite when chilled.
The recipe is below, and if you need more chocolaty treats try these:
Chocolate, Granola & Peanut Butter Bites
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups granola cereal with almonds & raisins (I used Quaker brand)
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan or the bottom of a double-boiler. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the chocolate chips and shortening into the top of the double boiler or into a large, heatproof bowl set on top of the saucepan of boiling water. Stir the chocolate until it is melted and smooth.
- Stir in the peanut butter and the salt.
- Add the granola to the chocolate and stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated.
- Place tablespoon-sized scoops of the mixture on the prepared baking sheet. Allow the bites to set at room temperature until the chocolate is set: 2-3 hours.
- Store the chocolate bites between layers of wax paper in a tightly sealed container. Keep in a cool location for 2-3 days. (If stored in the refrigerator the bites will be difficult to bite into. If refrigerated allow them to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.)
- Makes about 28 pieces.
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Recipe updated 2/2019