Hey veggie heads,
WOW. It’s been two weeks since I posted something on here (I’ve been more active on Instagram), and that’s mainly because the first few weeks of my last semester of grad school have been hectic, to say the least. Besides all of my classes (which are PERFECT), I’m the Editor-in-Chief of a campus magazine, 360 Magazine, which focuses on all aspects of culture (food, entertainment, technology, politics, etc.). I also recently accepted a position as a Research Assistant, so yeah…things have been busy.
BUT, I’m here, I’m writing, and I have a quick recipe for you. I’m always trying to find ways to eat something super quick in the morning before I drive to school. Usually, I end up caving and just eating a quick frozen waffle or maybe I grab something at the vegan place near campus if I’m feeling fancy, but lately I’ve been feeling like I should be more proactive and just prepare something quick and easy in advance, which has led me to….breakfast bites!
Now, I literally just made this recipe up an hour and a half ago, so if it sucks…well, you live and you learn. You’re going to need rolled oats, natural peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate chips, agave nectar, vanilla extract, and craisins.
I decided to melt my peanut butter and chocolate, because I thought it would make mixing everything together easier (I was mostly right…I ended up putting another 1/4 c of unmelted peanut butter in after I’d mixed most of my ingredients together).
Once you mix all of your wet ingredients into your oats, chop up the craisins, or whatever extra thing you want to add to your bites. I’d suggest chopped nuts, toasted coconut, or even mini chocolate chips to add some nice texture to the bites…I just happened to have a bunch of craisins and none of those other things I suggested, so….craisins.
After you mix the craisins into everything else, you’re going to roll the mixture into little balls, about 1-1.5 inches in diameter (I think…honestly, I didn’t whip out a ruler and measure all of the bites, but 1-1.5 sounds pretty good so…). Pop ’em in the freezer for an hour, and then you’ve got yourself some tasty lil breakfast bites!
And there you have it! Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites (with craisins)! Keep on reading for the full recipe.
(Disclaimer: some of these ingredients weren’t so much measured as they were just thrown into the bowl haphazardly, but I did my best to record everything as I went along…feel free to experiment more with this and let me know what you come up with!)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bites
Yields approx. 21 bites
2 c. dry rolled oats
1/3 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 c. natural creamy peanut butter (only melt 1/4 c.)
1-3 T. agave (depending on how sweet you want it)
1/3 c. craisins, chopped
splash of vanilla extract
Optional: chopped nuts, toasted coconut, mini chocolate chips
1. Pour your oats into a large mixing bowl. Melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter in the microwave and drizzle onto the oats. Mix together with a spoon (or your hands…hands are more fun).
2. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (I do it in 20-30 second increments so they don’t burn). Drizzle onto oats and peanut butter mixture and mix.
3. Drizzle agave onto the mixture, and then add your splash of vanilla extract. Be as liberal or as conservative as you want with your vanilla–I like to add more, personally, but you do you. Be yourself.
4. Chop up the craisins. I chopped mine up a bit smaller, just because I didn’t want there to be super huge chunks of craisins in my bites. Add the craisins (and any other extra bits you want in your bites) to the mixture.
5. Roll the dough into small balls (approx. 1-1.5 inches) and place on a cookie sheet. Once they’re all rolled out, put them in the freezer and let them set for 1 hour.
NOTE: I’m going to keep storing mine in the freezer, because I get the feeling they’ll be really tasty cold, and they’ll also stick together better if they’re frozen. It’ll also make it easier for taking them to-go!
I hope you all enjoy this recipe! I had a lot of fun throwing it together.
Have a great week!