March 24, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites
I have a bit of an obsession with granola ... like these chai, mocha, peanut butter, and honey-vanilla varieties.  I just love to snack on its crunchiness.  But you know, sometimes you want a soft-and-chewy granola treat.  A chocolatey peanut buttery soft-and-chewy granola treat.  Like these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites.  Oh, yes ... these granola bites hit the spot.

But before we get to more about these scrumptious granola bites, I'd like to talk photography for just a sec.  Food photography, to be exact.

As a food blogger, for me the photography is the hardest part.  When I first got into blogging, photography is not something I expected to be such a huge part.  And, oh how I struggle with it.  I've been working hard to improve my photography ... but oh. my. gracious. ... I have a long way to go.

Enter ... a SUPER fabulous resource I recently discovered ... the Photographing FOOD downloadable Ezine series from Taylor Mathis of Taylor Takes a Taste.  Taylor is a professional photography from right down the road from me {he's in Charlotte, NC} ... and he's sharing with all of us how to be better food photographers!  In manageable chunks of information.  In downloadable electronic magazine form.  For only $5 per issue.  Sweet!


I love how the Ezine series is chunked into issues ... letting me {& you, if you'd like} choose just the chunks I'm ready for, instead of spending a big amount on a huge book that I'm really only going to understand about 5% of.  I love it so much, in fact, that I've decided to advertise it here on The Kitchen is My Playground.  That's a lot of love.

Taylor just released Issue 4 (of what's to be a 10-issue series), Ingredient & Process Shots, in which he covers styling ingredients, using shutter speed as a creative tool, selecting the right lens for close-up shots, and much more.
And here's a run-down of the previous Issues ...

Issue 1:  Window Lighting - Understanding shadow, hard versus soft light, creating an inexpensive counter top studio, and more.

Issue 2:  Color & Camera - Using the color wheel to plan your shots, camera angles, using aperature as a creative tool, using different types of cameras, and more.

Issue 3:  Shooting At Night - For all of us who find our sunlight hours photography time to be limited!  (That's ME, for sure.)

If you're working on improving your photography, too, I highly recommend you check this resource out.

Okay, so that's enough gushing over Taylor's Photographing FOOD series.  I can't wait to really digest and try out all that I've learned from it.  So far I've just read it, but not gotten to really put it into practice.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

Now, what were we talking about?

Oh, yes ... Granola Bites! ... How I love thee.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

I discovered these tasty little treats over at Smashed Peas and Carrots, and just had to give them a try.  I mean, with my love of granola ... and chocolate ... and honey ... it was pretty much a given, right?

And I love that these are chock full of good stuff like whole-grain oats, wheat germ, flax seed, and no refined sugar.  All you do is mix this good stuff together with some peanut butter, honey, and mini chocolate chips ... then roll it into bite-sized balls.  {Now, I will  admit ... the rolling into balls was a bit more tedious than I'd like ... but the result was worth it.}

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites

Store these little bites in the frig for a great mid-afternoon energy boost ... or, in my case, a less-guilt silencer of the sweet tooth ... and you're good to go!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites
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No-Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Granola Bites
Source:  Adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots


Ingredients
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 c. coconut
  • 1/4 c. ground flax seed
  • 1/4 c. wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Refrigerate mixture for about 30 minutes.
  2. Once chilled, roll mixture into approximately 1-inch balls, using about a tablespoon of the mixture for each ball. Store in the refrigerator for up to about 1 week. Makes approximately 30 granola bites.
Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bites
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17 comments:

  1. I have made these and they are so good and healthy!! Erica
    ericasrunningjourney.blogspot.com

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  2. These look sooo good, and so easy! Thanks for sharing! The kids and I will be making these this week :-)

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  3. I feel the same way about food photography! It's a learning process that can be super frustrating! But when I saw your link on Marvelous Mondays, I had to click! Your pictures are amazing. I want to grab one of those granola bites right off the screen, YUM! I'm your newest follower. Come stop by my blog if you get a chance! I can't wait to make these and other yummy recipes of yours!!!

    Best,
    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

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    1. Thank you soooooo much for your kind words, Jen. Yes, I feel like food photography is a never-ending up-hill learning climb! Hope you enjoy your granola bites. :-)

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  4. First off, GREAT Post. I think we are all in the same boat. I never realized how important the photography portion of blogging was until getting into it. But girl... your pictures are AWESOME. I could take a bit out of those granola bites right now! Thanks for the great resource and recipe. Your newest follower.. can't wait to get more updates and recipes.

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

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    1. THANK YOU, Krista!! I appreciate your kind words, and am so glad to have you following along.

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  5. I am excited to be co-hosting the marvelous monday link up this week. These look really good.

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  6. Oh YEH! I love these healthy balls of yum. I work hard to keep a similar recipe (I have several also) in my fridge at all times. I truly enjoy a couple with my coffee every morning. Yours look sooo tasty. Thanks a million for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

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  7. Hey ya'll! This may be a stupid question....Do they HAVE to be refrigerated? My husband is deployed and would love to send these! But it would most likely take (at minimum) a week to get to him! Thank you in advance!! :)

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    1. First things first ... THANK YOU to your husband, Morgan, for what he does for our country! As for the refrigeration, it's recommended that wheat germ be refrigerated after opening the package, but everything else in these does NOT require refrigeration. I just always store mine refrigerated to be on the safe side. I would think they could be shipped unrefrigerated just fine ... I would just leave out the wheat germ and replace it with an additional 1/4 c. of oats. Hope your husband enjoys them!

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    2. Awww thank you for your kind words! And thank you so much for the tip!! I will come back and let you know how it went!!

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  8. These are FANTASTIC! So easy too! We have made them 3 days in a row and added a few extras...I love walnuts and Grape-Nuts so in they went and added a NICE crunch! Thank you for the inspiration! I even feel on the healthy side having this as an afternoon snack for me and the kids!

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    1. I'm so glad you and your kids enjoy them, Cynthia. I'm with ya ... I LOVE that they're 'versatile' and I keep playing around with the ingredients, too. So fun to create new combinations! I've been working on a maple version ... but I don't have it 'down' yet.

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  9. Nutritional Facts please...watching my calories/servings. Thanks

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    1. Here's an online nutritional analysis tool that can help with this: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator. I'm sure there are many more available online if this one doesn't meet your need. Enjoy!

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  10. These look wonderful. Thank you. ON my list to make today =o)

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