- 2 cups quick oats
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup natural unsweetened or Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats and salt.
- Crush the sliced almonds into slightly smaller pieces. Heat a 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut and almonds, stirring often to prevent burning, and toast for 5-6 minutes until the aroma is nutty and the coconut and nuts are turning slightly golden. Toss the mixture with the oats.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla, cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Using a cookie scoop or two spoons, scoop the mixture into tablespoon-sized mounds onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let the little mounds sit for 10 minutes or so until they have cooled and are less sticky.
- Roll the mounds into balls using firm pressure with the palms of your hands.
- Refrigerate the granola bites for 1-2 hours to set up. They can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (or freeze for several months).