Chewy Granola Bites

Collin Murray loves his granola and I’m often looking for different ways to incorporate it into muffins and cookies. These little cookies, energy bites, whatever you want to call them, are the perfect healthy snack. By combining granola with peanut butter, maple syrup and egg whites, these bites lack a lot of the high fat and processed sugars that your garden variety granola bars contain. Though you can you use any kind of purchased granola to make these bites, I used my Maple Almond Granola and was quite satisfied with the results.

Chewy Granola Bites (adapted from The Lonneyspoons Collection)

Makes about 20 mini-muffin-sized bites

⅓ peanut butter

⅓ maple syrup

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon

2½ cups granola

¾ cup dried fruit (your choice of dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries or apricots)

Preheat an oven to 250˚. Spray a mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer combine peanut butter and maple syrup, mix until combined. Add the egg whites, vanilla and spice and continue mixing until combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the granola and dried fruit with a spatula and portion into the muffin tin. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Allow to cool in the pan before eating. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy.

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