Eat like a bird with these bird food energy bites! Made with whole grain oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, these bites are a nutrient-rich treat perfect for on-the-go snacking. Vegan + gluten-free.
This summer while visiting Portland, Maine my friend Jenny introduced me to these oat based snack bites called granola bits which are made locally in Maine. They were the perfect road trip snack and after eating them I quickly realized that they were similar to a fruit and nut bar recipe I posted years ago, but better.
Naturally I decided to experiment in the kitchen upon returning home (after our 14 hour truck drive) and the result is this recipe.
Made with whole grain oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, these healthy snack bites are a nutrient-rich treat perfect for on-the-go snacking. Vegan + gluten-free.
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups dates
1 1/2 cups raisins
Add oats, almonds, walnuts, pepitas, coconut, sunflower seeds, maple/honey, sesame seeds, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
Add dried fruit to afood processor(affiliate link)with the chopping blade and process until the mixture is completely chopped and forms into a big, sticky ball.
Pull the dried fruit from the processor and break into small pieces. Add it to the bowl with the oat mixture and use a plastic spatula or your hands to combine everything together.
Once combined, form bites into small cookie shaped pucks (or roll into balls). Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
Enjoy right away or store in the fridge for later. Will last 1-2 weeks in the fridge or 1 month in the freezer.