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Carrot Cake Granola Bites

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These little bites are a delicious but healthier way to enjoy carrot cake. The carrots give you vitamin A and the antioxidant beta-carotene, the almond butter fills you with protein, and the only sugar is natural from the honey. These are so easy to make and just one batch makes a ton of bites! This recipe makes the perfect amount to take to a party or event as well. You can make and eat these right away or keep them in a fridge for a few days.

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Little bites like these have become super popular recently, but the downside is, you need a food processor to make most of them. And a food processor is not something everyone has, or something everyone needs. Especially because a good one is upwards of $120. Luckily, these bites don’t really need any special tools to make.

I recently needed to purchase a new food processor because mine was beginning to smell like burning plastic when I ran it. I found my CuisinartĀ 11 cup Elite Food Processor at Kohl’s. Luckily, it was on sale and I had a coupon AND I got $20 Kohl’s Cash. (Which I used to buy a new knife) I’m always looking for deals and coupons to buy new kitchen tools. Even if I’m not specifically looking for something, checking for deals has saved me a ton of money on tools for my business.

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The only tools you need for these are a fine grater, tablespoon sized ice cream scoop, knife, spatula, and a bowl.

I actually just recently purchased a new little ice cream scoop (pictured below). It was $13.00 from Sur La Table, but with a 20% off coupon I only spent around $11. It’s definitely worth the money, scoops like this can be used for bites like these or to scoop cookie batter evenly. Larger scoops can be used for cupcake or muffin batter.

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Carrot Cake Granola Bites

Make 36-40, tablespoon sized bites

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1 tablespoon flax seeds
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup freshly ground almond butter
3/4 cup finely grated carrots
1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

How to:

1. Chop pecans and cranberries and wash, peel, and grate carrots. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecans, flax seeds, and cinnamon.

3. Add almond butter and honey to the oat mixture and mix in until thoroughly combined. (Using a spatula or spoon will work while doing this step, but just using your clean hands will work even better.)

4. When the almond butter and honey are well combined, add in the carrots and cranberries and mix well.

5. Using a 2 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon sized scoop, form the mixture into bites.

6. You can enjoy these right away and place the rest in the fridge to chill. They will last about 7-10 days in a airtight container in the fridge.

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If you have any questions, comments, or recipe requests, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me. Also, if you make this recipe, please let me know what you think!

(This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe I found on Pinterest)

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