If you've been to either of the Beamer's Coffee Bar locations in Canmore, you know what I'm talking about when I say they have the BEST peanut butter granola bars ever. It doesn't matter if we're coming home from a day trip to the mountains or if we're on the last leg of a 9-hour drive from summer vacation - I always do a pit stop for a Beamer's coffee and granola bar. While not exact, these peanut butter bites do the trick when driving out to Canmore daily isn't an option.
These little energy nuggets have the best of everything: dried fruit sweetness, a crunch from the seeds, and let's not forget to mention the combo of chocolate and peanut butter. Beware, you'll probably need to put these in the freezer to keep yourself from eating them all in one day. While the list of ingredients is all unprocessed and natural, they are super calorie dense and should be treated like any calorie dense treat - with moderation;)
Peanut Butter Bites
Per serving (based on approximately 40 bites made): Protein 3 g || Carbs 11g || Fat 5 g || Calories 106
2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if you prefer)
1 cup smooth natural peanut butter (or your favourite nut butter)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup chopped dried fruit (no sugar added) - I like a mix of 1/2 cup cranberries + 1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
2 TB flax seed
Mix rolled oats, peanut butter, and honey together, either by hand in a large bowl or by using the kneading attachment on your mixer. Once well blended, add in the remaining ingredients until folded in. Depending on the consistency, you may need to chill the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes - 1 hour before rolling. Scoop out the dough using a tablespoon, level off spoon, and roll into balls. Refrigerate for an hour on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper prior to stacking for storing purposes.