Combine three simple ingredients to make homemade Granola Bites for a healthy, fiber-packed snack for kids. Plus: They store in the fridge for weeks!
My toddler recently had a pouch—okay, a few pouches!—of store bought granola bites and she loved them. I had a feeling that they would be easy to make at home, so I gave them a try. I tried a few different versions and landed on this super simple 3-ingredient recipe. They’re high-fiber, high in Vitamin C, and healthy fats so they’re nutritious and also so super yummy.
Ingredients in Granola Bites
To make these homemade granola bites, you just need dried fruit, granola, and a nut or seed butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, or Sunflower seed butter.
TIP: I like to use granola without large nuts or clumps to make the batter come together a little easier.
How to Make Granola Bites Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at how to make this recipe.
- Gather your ingredients. (photo 1)
- Cut the apricots and soak in water. (photo 2)
- Drain the water off. (photo 3)
- Place fruit, granola, and nut or seed butter into a blender. (photo 4)
- Grind, using the stick to help move the batter around if needed. (photo 5)
- Use a teaspoon measuring spoon to roll into balls. (photo 6)
Can I use other dried fruit?
Sure, in place of apricots you can use prunes, dried cherries, dried apples, or raisins.
What kind of granola works best in this recipe?
Nut-Free Granola Bites
To make this toddler snack nut-free, use a nut-free granola and Sunflower seed butter.
Gluten-Free Granola Bites
To make this healthy kids snack gluten-free, simply choose a gluten-free granola.
How can I store this kids snack?
You can store these granola bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Tips for Making the Best Granola Bites
- Use dried cherries, raisins, apples or prunes instead of apricots.
- Use a crispy granola like this one from Kind.
- You can use melted coconut oil instead of the nut or seed butter if desired.
- Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender and use the stick that came with it (if one did) to help move the batter around.
- If the batter is too sticky to roll into balls, store in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
- You can also roll balls in shredded unsweetened coconut if desired.
- I find that this recipe works best when made in a blender, but if you want to do it in a food processor, grind the granola for 30 seconds first before adding the dried fruit and nut butter.
I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!Print
- 1 1/4 cup granola
- 1 1/2 cups dried apricots, cut with scissors into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter, at room temperature
- Place the apricots into a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Drain.
- Place 1 cup of the granola into a blender. Blend until well chopped.
- Add the dried fruit and nut butter, and blend, stopping frequently to scrape down the sides of the bowl, or if you have a Vitamix, use the stick to help things move around. Blend until starting to clump together and are finely chopped.
- Place the remaining granola into a bowl and portion out 1-tablespoon balls. Roll in your hand, then roll in the granola, pressing the granola into the ball. Place on a plate and repeat to finish the batch.
- Serve, or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Use dried cherries, raisins, apples or prunes instead of apricots.
Use a crispy granola like this one from Kind.
You can use melted coconut oil instead of the nut or seed butter if desired.
Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender and use the stick that came with it (if one did) to help move the batter around.
If the batter is too sticky to roll into balls, store in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
You can also roll balls in shredded unsweetened coconut if desired.