Cranberry Blueberry & Toasted Coconut Granola Balls

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I am not sure what it is about these cranberry, blueberry and toasted coconut granola balls but everyone who tries them wants more!

I brought them to a memorial day party – okay, I know that was a month ago, but that is what happens when you write a food blog. People were snatching these cuties up so quickly that you would have thought they were chocolate dipped Oreos, because no one can pass up a chocolate dipped Oreo. It also seems that no one can pass up having a second, and third granola ball.

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Lucky for us these granola balls are way healthier than chocolate dipped Oreos, but they really are just as delicious. So what kind of healthy are we talking about? They don’t have any oil or sugar! Do you approve already?!

And they are packed with dried cranberries, dried blueberries and toasted coconut – which means there is some Red, White & Blue going on!

Cranberry Blueberry & Toasted Coconut Granola Balls - no oil or sugar! | thefirstyearblog.com
If you don’t have dried cranberries and dried blueberries, you can pick one and double the amount. Or raisins would be a good substitute. You could also use pecans in place of the almonds. Make this recipe work for what you have in your kitchen!

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You could serve these granola balls at your 4th of July party, along with our American Flag Donuts, these Very Berry Coconut Chocolate Pudding Pops, and the crowd-pleasing favorite – Peanut Butter Marshmallow Fluff Chocolate Dipped Frozen S’mores. I call them S’mores 2.0 – you can get the recipe here. What red, white, and blue foods are you planning on making for the 4th of July?

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Cranberry Blueberry & Toasted Coconut Granola Balls

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 15-20 granola balls

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the oats, almonds, blueberries, cranberries, toasted coconut, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas. Add in the butter, honey and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
  4. Using a heaping tablespoon of batter, slightly round the batter into a ball and place on a baking sheet lined with a silpat. Repeat until the batter is gone.
  5. Bake for 25-29 minutes or until golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
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I am super excited because my mom and my oldest nephew are coming from Minnesota for a visit this week. I plan to spoil them with banana bread muffins, shredded bbq chicken, and Neapolitan Oreo ice cream bites.

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24 Responses to “Cranberry Blueberry & Toasted Coconut Granola Balls”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 23, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Granola BALLS?! This is genius girl! Love the blueberry coconut combo! Pinned!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Yeah! Say good bye to plain granola bars!

  2. Beth, these looks delicious! I wish I could grab the whole bowl of these granola balls right from my screen! :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 7:53 am

      *hands you some* :-)

  3. Christie - Food Done Light — June 23, 2014 at 7:55 am

    These sound fabulous and healthy. Love the flavors and that they are red, white & blue. Perfect summer treat.

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Perfect for summer snacking and the 4th of july!

  4. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — June 23, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I am always looking for healthy recipes for snacks, because around 3:00 I need a snack. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      I am looking for snacks all the time! 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm.. :-)

  5. Amy | Club Narwhal — June 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Beth, these little guys look so tasty (though I would also have no problem popping back chocolate dipped Oreos, too :). I love that you use dried blueberries. I think those might be my favorite dried fruit! Can’t wait to make these!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      I LOVE dried blueberries! But they can be pricey as times!

  6. I need a few of these to snack on this afternoon!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      I am sending some via food blogger mail!

  7. Jamie — June 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Do you think these would work with coconut oil instead of butter? Butter is SO expensive right now…

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Jamie!

      I haven’t tried it myself, so I am not sure how they would turn it. You could try googling using coconut oil in place of butter and see what others suggest!

    • Jamie — June 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I made them with the coconut oil and they turned out great! I ate one out of the oven and it was delicious and chewy, thanks for a great recipe. Now I just need the weekend to get here so I can make your frozen PB smores, can’t wait!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 24, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      I am so glad to hear they turned out using coconut oil! Can I come over when you make the s’mores? :-)

  8. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — June 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Wow cool idea! Great to hear they were so popular too. Will have to try!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

      I bet you would like them too Jessica!

  9. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — June 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Wow granola balls??! These looks great, Beth! Cool idea ;-)

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Oh gosh, thank you Olivia!! Yeah, granola balls!

  10. Shannah @ Just Us Four — June 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    What a perfect summer day time snack!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      I whole heartedly agree Shannah!

  11. Pamela — June 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    This is the best recipe I’ve seen …probably because I love granola more than anything. I pinned it to my snack board and plan to make it this weekend. Then you can find me curled up in my chair with a book, munching on granola bars!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 27, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Sounds like a perfect weekend Pamela! Enjoy!

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