I’ve been loving granola lately. I think perhaps it’s nature’s way of steering me away from smoothies on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong; smoothies are still a staple of my diet, but I also think it’s a good idea to switch things up a bit. As seasons change, so, too, does my diet in some ways. I consume more soups and curries when the weather turns colder. I also am more likely to reach for denser foods this time of year, which I think explains my leanings toward granola as a breakfast food or snack.

Since it’s not always convenient to eat granola in the traditional bowl/spoon/almond milk manner, I love making bite-sized granola balls. These are quick and easy to make and don’t even require baking! They can be a bit crumbly, so it’s best to store them in the fridge or freezer. They’re loaded with good fats (pant-based omega 3s), antioxidants, minerals, fiber, complex carbohydrates and protein. This combination helps you feel full longer and also helps to keep your energy levels steady.

I love having something like this around as it helps me make better food choices. Hope you enjoy!

No Bake Granola Bites

1 cup large flake oats
1/3 cup hemp hearts
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds – coarsely chopped
1/3 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds – coarsely chopped
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or substitute with other seed or nut butter)
1/3 cup raw honey

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil and add peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter) and honey. Stir well to combine and add to dry ingredients. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated. Roll into balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Chill in fridge or freezer until firm. Store in sealed container in fridge or freezer. Enjoy!