Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites

 

I’ve basically been in Halloween mode since about October 1st. Because once it hits October in my classroom, a switch goes off in my kid’s brains saying that, “If it’s October, than it must also be Halloween.” So that means ALL things discussed must revolve around Halloween (and Halloween costumes and Halloween candy and more Halloween consumes). Ohhh to be six-years-old again!

It got me thinking back to when I was six-years-old and Halloween was in the air. Man, that was one epically fun night! I got to stay up until 10, I got to hang out with my friends in the nighttime, and I got boatloads of candy without even having to do any chores to earn it! Talk about euphoria in my child brain.

 

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Every year when we got back from trick-or-treating, my siblings and I would dump all our candy out on the living room floor and engage in a “sorting and trading” party. First we’d count (ummm, of course) and then we’d sort by kind, flavor, and size to see all the goods in an orderly fashion. Naturally.

Finally, the trading would commence!

I swear we spent a solid hour bargaining, haggling, and negotiating over who got what and what they got in return. You KNOW I wasn’t giving up that king size Hershey bar for any run-of-the-mill candy bar. And I would do just about anything to get ALL THE REESES CUPS into my stash. Hey, I knew what I liked, even back then 😉

Today, looking back, my teeth hurt just thinking about all the sugar I consumed on those frightful Halloween nights. But then I think about all the other amazing alternatives we have nowadays to substitute in place of that sugar-loaded candy. Lightened up cookies, brownies, snacks, even homemade candy bars are right at our finger tips (thanks Pinterest!) to swap out in it’s place. Ohh how times have changed— and definitely for the better!

 

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

As a elementary school teacher, I see ALL the crazy things our kids put in their bodies every single day— especially sugar-wise— so I was more than happy to promote alternate choices for this sugar-crazed day. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some sweets, but there are so many easy homemade alternatives to store bought candy that taste just as satisfying and are just as festive!

Enter Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites.

These granola bites are perfectly sweet, packed with whole ingredients like oats, natural peanut butter, and almond meal, and Halloween’d up with a few pumpkin sprinkles! Why not, right? We’ve been eating these puppies for dessert all week long and they have been the perfect thing to curb our sweet cravings right after dinner. Who needs candy when they can have these instead? I rest my case.

 

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites // pumpkin & peanut butter

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites // pumpkin & peanut butter

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites // pumpkin & peanut butter

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites

Serves 15
Prep time 10 minutes
Dietary Vegan
Meal type Snack
Misc Freezable

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats, ground
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey or agave
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (whole)
  • 3-4 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons halloween sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Step 1
Pour 1 cup of old fashioned oats and 1/2 cup of almond meal into your food processor or high speed blender and blend until ground.
Step 2
In a sauce pan, melt peanut butter, honey or agave, and coconut oil and stir until combined. Set aside to cool if you want your chocolate chips to stay whole OR pour immediately into food processor if you want your chocolate to melt. Either has tasted AMAZING in my experience!
Step 3
If you were waiting for your wet ingredients to cool, add them into your food processor once they are room temperature with the oats/ almond meal and vanilla extract, and blend until combined. Pour in the remaining 1/2 cup of oats, chocolate chips, and sprinkles, and pulse until just combined.
Step 4
Roll your dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper. I like to stick mine in the freezer to harden once rolled. You can keep these frozen or at room temperature--- either way, they're delicious 🙂

Halloween Chocolate PB Granola Bites // pumpkin & peanut butter

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

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