Crispy Chocolate Walnut Bites
This week I’m sharing with you my irresistible crispy chocolate walnut bites, a super simple no-bake recipe I threw together when I wanted a sweet snack rightthisminute.
My Fitbit died last week, so I threw on my old solar powered watch, which couldn’t seem to sync up correctly. It threw me off for two straight days. So now I have nothing on me to tell me the time, which is both the most panic-inducing and wonderfully freeing thing ever.
It’s hard because I live by knowing the time. This mama needs a skeleton schedule for the kids, and sleep time is VERY IMPORTANT. Also eat time. So is, you know, being on time for stuff.
But it has been quite eye opening because I’ve had to separate myself from time and feel out the day naturally. Unless I make an effort to find a clock, which frustratingly reminds me that I need to, you guessed it, buy a clock.
In either case, since everything is being thrown into the wind, I decided to whip up a totally new snack, because I like to create, and because I wanted to have something at-the-ready for snack time, whenever that was.
The result? Little scrumptious bite size snacks with crisp rice cereal, loads of chewy oatmeal, a fat scoop of peanut butter, handful of chocolate chips, crushed walnuts, some coconut oil, and honey. All good things.
Now, I don’t always buy Rice Krispies, but when I do they’re $1 per box at a back-to-school sale and sit in the pantry for six months because nobody eats them. So this is what I used here, but any kind will work.
I thought about making rice crispy bars, but I wanted something better; more satisfying. These bites hit the mark. So hard, in fact, that all three of my family members relentlessly hounded me for some as I was cooking dinner. And they taste so good I gave them some. I’m so nice.
You’ll start by crushing some walnuts, tossing all the dry ingredients in one bowl, and in another bowl adding the peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. You’ll microwave the bowl for 30-45 seconds until it’s warm, then whisk it until it comes together. Pour it over the dry ingredients, press it into a 9×9 pan and refrigerate.
You can scoop these into little balls, cut them into bars, or tiny squares (my favorite). They keep for a week in a sealed container in the fridge, if they last that long.
After this week, I think I’ll leave my watch and Fitbit alone for awhile longer. Overall it’s been refreshing to navigate the days based on mood and feel. Apparently it also brings out some delicious creativity.
Though I still need a clock.
- 2 c old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 c crispy rice cereal
- 1/2 c walnuts, crushed
- 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1/3 c honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
Line a 9x9 pan with foil or parchment.
In a large bowl, mix together oatmeal, rice cereal, crushed walnuts,* chocolate chips, and chia seeds.
In a medium bowl, add peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Microwave bowl for 30-45 seconds until warm (but not hot). Whisk until it comes together.
Pour the peanut butter mix over the dry ingredients and mix well.
Press firmly into the pan (or form into balls and place on a cookie sheet) and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into bite size pieces (or desired shape).
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
I find it easy to crush walnuts by putting them in a ziplock bag and smashing them with a heavy wooden spoon.