Chewy, chocolaty bites loaded with granola, raisins and an undercurrent of peanut butter.
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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. But, a few breakfasts and soggy, uneaten bowls of cereal later, he confessed that he didn't like it. The giant bags of granola were handed off to me to see what I could do with them.
The result? Candy bites, loaded with granola, raisins, almonds and peanut butter. Boom, baby.
Why you'll love this recipe
These bites are a great way to use up granola: whether you have giant Costco bags or your own homemade.
Though the bites are small they're sweet and filling, thanks to all the nuts and dried fruit. They make a great snack, after-dinner sweet treat or addition to a cookie platter to share with friends!
How to make this recipe
Step 1: Melt the chocolate and peanut butter
Place chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler, or a heat-proof bowl set over simmering water. Stir the chocolate until it's melted and then stir in the peanut butter.
Step 2: Add the granola with nuts and raisins
Stir the granola into the melted chocolate mixture until all of the cereal is thoroughly coated.
Step 3: Scoop the portions
Scoop portions of the chocolaty cereal onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the bites to set for a couple of hours until the chocolate is firm
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 they 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.
Enjoy these indulgent nutty and chocolaty bites! The recipe is below, and if you need more chocolaty treats try these:
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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.
- Though you might be tempted to speed up the setting time by popping the bites in the fridge, rapidly cooling the chocolate that way may cause streaks or splotches to appear on the surface, especially when they come to room temperature again. No matter what, have the bites be at room temperature before eating them because they're too hard to bite when chilled.
Recipe updated 12/2019