Low Fat Granola Bites!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

My life has been a jumble of random snacks and meals on the go lately. I'm not even kidding. Yesterday I was eating a bowl of chili while doing Macroeconomics homework at the public library. Welcome to senior year of high school folks.

With cross country practice early in the morning and lots of meetings after school, packing snacks is a must. Because if you don't have at least 3 snacks a day, are you really living? No, no you're not, and if you're like me, you want some perfect homemade snack that's completely unrealistic with current time restraints. Enter the granola bite. The take less than 10 minutes to make, and then you have a snack that will last a day week or so. (I totally have eaten a batch in two day before, I'm kind of proud/ashamed at the same time.)

Okay, enough about my current snack situation. I know I've been missing in action in the blogging world lately, and I can honestly say when I'm not blogging, I'm running, at school, doing homework, eating, sleeping, or making these granola bites. I eat these bites like it's my job. They're that good.

These started off as baked granola bites, but I've been freezing them instead because Texas seemingly only has one season: hot. Turning on the oven is essentially a mortal sin here, so, as I sit here right now, with worn out knees from running, and a warped mind from countless hours of college essay writing, I am eating a granola bite and dreaming of autumn leaves falling and crisp mornings.

And I may or may not be humming Taylor Swift's new song 'Shake It Off' because it has completely taken over my life. That song is more addicting than these granola bites aka it's borderline problematic how obsessed I am with it. 

Low Fat Granola Bites

  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or if you're feeling crazy, any nut butter will work)
  • Any add ons you want like chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter chips, coconut, etc. 
Mix the cereal, oats, and salt together in a big bowl. Microwave the honey, vanilla, and applesauce for 30-40 seconds or until melted. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add in any add ons you want, and shape the granola into bite sized balls. If you want them crunchier, preheat your oven to 350F, and cook them for 5-10 minutes. For a no bake version, store the balls in the freezer!

This will be you after making the granola bites. Except with granola bites, not hamburgers. I apologize in advance for any newly developed obsessions after making these.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! I promise I'll try to post more often. I'm finally getting senior year under control, so hopefully this will be my last absence! What have you been doing, baking, or thinking lately? I've missed hearing about your days!

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  1. We can trade places if you want....I'll take your high school senior year, and you can take my college freshman year! Or you could just send me some granola bites ;)

  2. I completely feel you on busyness and worn out knees! I hope things eventually settle down :) These look awesome, Katherine :)

  3. Hahahahaha Patrick. I miss your posts so much!! But I hope you're having a great time with senior year and everything. These look SO good and I want to make them! You know... when I finally get though allllll the bars I have in the pantry :)

  4. Wow! I am making these STAT! Love love love!!

  5. These look really delicious, easy, and I have all the ingredients on hand :) Your schedule sounds like a college student's so you're going to have no trouble next year! <3

  6. I make something very similar. One of my favourite snacks.

  7. Bites like these are my favorite! So easy and delicious!

  8. These look sooooo tasty! I definitely need to make them. Thanks for sharing.


  9. "Shake it up" love that song!! and love these granola bites too.. I can prolly finish of all these delicious bites in one go! Yummm!!!!

  10. Ok so I vote that we have a T Swift dance party. We "shake it off" all day long while always having one of these granola bites in each hand. Deal? ;)

  11. You're making something without peanut butter!?!?! I will have to make these (since you're not here to make them for me). Did you see the Kentucky fraternity boys' version of Shake it Off? It was crazy! (my boss sent me the link, thought I'd like it)


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