Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Kind Granola Energy Bite Experiment

This morning I was going to make my "energy bites" but couldn't find the recipe. Well, I found 3 different recipes but couldn't remember which one we liked best.

I wanted to do something different anyway, because I had an idea...

I bought some "Kind" chewy granola bars with amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, oatmeal and millet.  We liked them, but they are pricey.

I also found a recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Granola which uses peanut butter, cocoa pebbles, old fashioned oatmeal and water.  I had high hopes this would be a good snack item for work.  But it was very disappointing.  I think the problem with this recipe is that it needed more peanut butter and/or a sweetener of some sort.  I think maybe the recipe has the peanut butter/water ratio backwards.  I might try it again using 4 tbls peanut butter to 2 tbls water.

So, I figured I'd make a mish mash of the Kind bars by adding some amaranth and quinoa grains to my regular recipe and also add cocoa pebbles since I now had a box that otherwise won't get eaten.

Here's what I ended up with:

1 Tbls of amaranth (thereabouts)
2 Tbls quinoa (thereabouts)
1/2 Cup cocoa pebbles
1/2 Cup flax flakes, crushed
1/4 cup slivered almonds, finely chopped
1-1/2 cup quick oats
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup mini chips - add after it's all mixed up otherwise they'll melt

I'm not 100% sure of the amaranth, quinoa or flax flakes measurements.  I wasn't really measuring.

It didn't form into balls, it made more of a granola consistency.  It is yummy! I'll definitely try to recreate this little experiment!

Meanwhile, I found this recipe to make homemade Kind bars.  I bought some brown rice syrup and PB2 - dried peanut butter.  Another fun experiment in the near future!

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