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Peanut, Oat & Apricot Bites with Salted Chocolate

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bites

Three o’clock limps in some afternoons and makes my belly rumble. Maybe you know the feeling?

It doesn’t take a lot to keep me comfortable until dinner, usually a piece of fruit or a palm full of roasted nuts. But a few days ago, I wearied of my routine and came up with these – 2 or 3 bites of bliss that I want to share with you.

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 I had in mind something healthful and light with a hint of indulgence. I’m not much for calorie counting, but did the math and each bite is about 100 calories. Not bad, right? And they’re quick – they’ll be chilling in less than half an hour. There’s no baking involved, just a few ingredients stirred together, pressed into ice cube trays, then topped with simple chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Silicone trays work great for these. Like cutting pie, the first cube is the trickiest and the rest slide right out. If you don’t have silicone trays, any ice cube tray will do; just use a knife along the sides of each bite and gently pry it out. At worst you’ll have to pat the cube back into shape.

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Think of this recipe as a flexible framework. Be creative with your own additions: dates, dried pineapple, dried cherries, toasted coconut, candied ginger, almond or hazelnut butter… If you try something new, I’d love to hear about it.

Peanut, Oat & Apricot Bites with Salted Chocolate
I like the flavor and texture of raw rolled oats, but toasting them would be great too. If you decide to try it, just cook and stir the rolled oats in a dry skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes or so until they turn golden brown (let them cool before adding them to the mix).
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 5 dried, unsulfured apricots, diced into ¼? chunks
  • 4 ounces good quality dark chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, honey, and vanilla in a medium bowl; stir. Add oats and apricots; stir until thoroughly combined. Scoop mixture into individual sections of a silicone or regular ice cube tray. Press firmly to form cubes.
  2. Combine the chocolate and cream in a glass bowl; place over a pan of simmering water. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Spoon the chocolate mixture over each bite and smooth with a spatula. Lightly sprinkle the top of each bite with flaky sea salt. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until chocolate is firm. Remove bites from trays, transfer to a covered container and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
Makes about 20 bites

 

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25 Responses to Peanut, Oat & Apricot Bites with Salted Chocolate

  1. Beth May 9, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Yum!!! I can’t wait to make these. I love oats!

    • Marissa May 9, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      Hi Beth. :) Yay! Can’t wait to hear how it goes…

  2. online parenting class May 10, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    wow! this is really perfect!

    • Marissa May 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you.

  3. Jen Rothmeyer (EmSun) May 10, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    I am DEFINITELY making these. Wow – it looks so delicious!

    • Marissa May 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks! Let me know how they come out.

  4. Lemon May 10, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Wow, these look delicious. And a great idea using the silicone trays.

    • Marissa May 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      They really work great – the bites pop right out without sticking.

  5. Tina@flourtrader May 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I really like these mainly because whole grains do fill you up and help keep you from the bad snacks in between meals. Also, the flavor combo is outstanding! Just enough there to squelch a sweet craving-which is definitely a good thing. Great post!

    • Marissa May 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Hi Tina – Thanks so much. Yes – perfect little ‘tide me over’.

  6. Krista May 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh yum!! Allison will really like these too :-) Great job on the pics too!

    • Marissa May 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

      Hi Krista – Thank you so much. Hello to Allison for me. :)

  7. Giovanna May 11, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    I like this recipe! it’s a wonderful snack also for my son!!!

    • Marissa May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Perfect!

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 11, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I love how the snack is calorie controlled and using those little trays is brilliant! :)

    • Marissa May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Thanks Lorraine! :)

  9. Simply Life May 12, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    oh my gosh, these look amazing! And I love your little trays for them- too cute!

    • Marissa May 13, 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Awww, thanks!

  10. Laura May 13, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    I love wholesome bites like these when little sweet cravings creep in. More importantly though, you are a total genius for forming these in a silicone tray. Freaking out at that!

    • Marissa May 13, 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Wow, thanks so much Laura!

  11. Cookie and Kate May 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Well this is genius! I have a smaller silicone ice tray like yours from Crate and Barrel and it’s the greatest thing ever. My friends all marvels at their gigantic ice cubes. I ran out of my freezer cookie supply and it’s getting too hot to turn on the oven so these are perfect!

    • Marissa May 19, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks Kate! I agree, love the silicone trays…

  12. Beth March 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    This week I finally made these. WOW! They are delicious. It took several days of the boys saying ‘I’m not going to try that’ before they actually did try it and they were pleasantly surprised. Hope this can become a regular after school snack.

    • Marissa March 2, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I love it. Brave boys! :)

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