Snack Week: Cranberry Granola Balls - Sweet Potato Chronicles

Snack Week: Cranberry Granola Balls

I was at the park the other day and Scar­lett, the ulti­mate eaves-dropper, was lis­ten­ing to my con­ver­sa­tion with an old aquain­t­ence. I was fill­ing them in on this great, lit­tle site I co-created with the smartest edi­to­r­ial chick ever called Sweet Potato Chron­i­cles. As I was explain­ing that it's a site about cook­ing with kids, Scar­lett pipes in with: "I'm the most awe­some cook. You should come over for din­ner some time!" Is she kid­ding me? Is this what SPC will lead to–Legions of acquain­tances, teach­ers, swim instruc­tors and passer-bys com­ing over for sup­per? In the begin­ning, I loved the con­fi­dence Scar­lett gained from being pro­fi­cient in the kitchen. Today, I guess I'll need to find a way to work hum­ble in as well. Are you won­der­ing where the balls come in? After Scarlett's din­ner invi­ta­tion, she shared some balls with her park friends.

pho­tos: Maya Vis­nyei

Since we've tried and enjoyed many a gra­nola, bar and also because it's one of the eas­i­est snacks to grab, I really should make this recipe once a week. I got this from Whole Foods and fid­dled with the sugar amount (I've added agave for part of it). I like how you don't have to think about the amount of sweet­ner in your bars.

Cran­berry Gra­nola Balls

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweet­ened shred­ded coconut
1/2 cup agave nec­tar
1/4 packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sun­flower but­ter (no nut wor­ries)
1/2 cup of your favorite gra­nola
1/2 cup dried, unsweet­ened cranberries

Method

Pre­heat oven to 350. Spread oats and coconut out on a bak­ing sheet and toast in the oven until lightly brown, about 10 min­utes. My four-year old is quite metic­u­lous spread­ing the oats and coconut out on the sheet.

In a medium sauce pan, an adult com­bines sun­flower but­ter, agave and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until brown sugar is com­pletely blended. Stir con­tin­u­ously so mix­ture doesn't burn.

Add the oat mix, gra­nola and cran­ber­ries to sugar, and com­bine. Allow to cool a few min­utes. With moist hands, roll a tea­spoon full of mix in palm of hands — cre­ate bite-size balls. Kids love this part and even the tini­est hands can help.  Place in refrig­er­a­tor and allow to harden for at least one hour. Store in air-tight container.

Scar­lett and I had so much fun rolling these gra­nola balls. They are so tasty. I love the fla­vor the sun­flower but­ter gives them. In fact, I left some of the batch loose for my morn­ing yogurt. I also shared them with some friends at Scarlett's music class. Of the potluck of snacks we all pecked from, the gra­nola balls got the most play. They're quite addictive.

  

10 Comments

  1. Heidi Pyper says:

    putting these on my list!~
    Pho­tos look fab­u­lous by the way — truly great.

  2. Aussie_Berrie says:

    OOOOH! YUM!!

    Will be mak­ing these for sure!!

  3. Ceri Marsh says:

    Thanks! Yes, we're becom­ing quite spoiled work­ing with the lovely and tal­ented Maya Vis­nyei — it pains us when we have to use our own, not-so-fabulous shots.

  4. Erica says:

    They look great! How long do they last for? Should they stay in the fridge?

  5. g zimmerman says:

    1/4 packed brown sugar — a cup, a tea­spoon, the whole bag???

  6. Ashley c says:

    These are incred­i­ble — with either sun­flower OR peanut but­ter. just made another batch. awesome.

  7. […] bring­ing some­thing I made myself. Or bet­ter yet, I’ll get the kids to help me make these Gra­nola Balls They’re easy to pack up and are the per­fect snack […]

  8. […] Cran­berry Gra­nola Balls are great for the morn­ing rush. Make them the night before and have them for on the fly. They’re also great crushed into yogurt or cot­tage cheese. […]

  9. Cora says:

    Yummy recipe! But please be care­ful about say­ing "no nut wor­ries" as peo­ple can be aller­gic to sun­flow­ers (my friend's child who reacts to most tree nuts, but not peanuts, just had an ER visit as the "peanut but­ter" cook­ies at a party were made with sun­but­ter). Thanks for shar­ing this snack!

  10. just made this and they are FANTABULOUS!!!! love them! the only com­ment I would make is that it helps to have a wet towel nearby when rolling them b/c my hand got sticky…and then the balls stuck to my hand. but by wash­ing off in between every few balls they rolled beau­ti­fully. this is def­i­nitely a keeper for snacks/treats.

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