Aug 14
2013

No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites Recipe {Gluten-Free & Vegan}

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These addictive, but healthy, no-bake zucchini granola bites are perfect for tucking in your child’s lunch box. They also happen to be gluten-free and vegan.
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When my boys headed off to the first day of school last year, I tucked a couple of Healthy(er) No-Bake Cookies into their lunch boxes. Even though I can’t be with them during the school day, I want them to take a piece of home with them and for them to know that Steve and I are thinking of them. This year I wanted to do something a little different, something healthier than cookies (though there is something to be said for really good chocolate chip cookies).

A few months ago, I made Carrot Cake Granola Bites and got rave reviews from both of my boys and their buddies. Since their grandma’s zucchini bread is one of their favorite treats during the holidays and zucchini seems to be practically spilling out onto the streets at this time of year, I thought I’d do a different take on the original granola bites.

These snacks or desserts (they could be either) are gluten-free and, if you use agave nectar rather than honey (if you are a vegan who prefers to avoid honey), they are also vegan.

Be sure to squeeze the excess water out of the grated zucchini so that the granola bites are not overly moist.

The recipe:

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds and chia seeds.

No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites Recipe {Gluten-Free & Vegan} | cookincanuck.com #recipe #zucchini

Stir in the almond butter, agave nectar and cinnamon until well combined.

Place the grated zucchini on a sheet of paper towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. Add the zucchini to the oat mixture.

No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites Recipe {Gluten-Free & Vegan} | cookincanuck.com #recipe #zucchini

Using 1 1/2 tablespoons (packed) of the mixture for each bite, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Using a medium-sized cookie scoop makes this process easier. Also, spray your hands with cooking spray to stop the mixture from sticking.

No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites Recipe {Gluten-Free & Vegan} | cookincanuck.com #recipe #zucchini

Place the granola bites on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve.

Store the remaining granola bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Other healthy treats:

No-Bake Cookie & Snacks | cookincanuck.com #nobake
Cookin’ Canuck’s Light(er) No-Bake Cookies with Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt & Oatmeal
Cookin’ Canuck’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Granola Bites
All Day I Dream About Food’s Low Carb Dark Chocolate Almond Bark
Skinnytaste’s Healthy Cookies
Jeanette’s Healthy Living’s Almond Joy Raw Bars

No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites Recipe {Gluten-Free & Vegan}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20 granola bites

Serving Size: 1 granola bite

Calories per serving: 100 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 6.6g / Saturated Fat 0.5g

No-Bake Zucchini Bread Granola Bites Recipe {Gluten-Free & Vegan}

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cups sliced almonds, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (packed) grated zucchini

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, almonds and chia seeds.
  2. Stir in the almond butter, agave nectar and cinnamon until well combined.
  3. Place the grated zucchini on a sheet of paper towel and squeeze out the excess liquid. Add the zucchini to the oat mixture.
  4. Using 1 1/2 tablespoons (packed) of the mixture for each bite, roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Using a medium-sized cookie scoop makes this process easier. Also, spray your hands with cooking spray to stop the mixture from sticking.
  5. Place the granola bites on a baking sheet, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve.
  6. Store the remaining granola bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

Calories 100.4 / Total Fat 6.6g / Saturated Fat 0.5g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 1.3mg / Total Carbohydrates 8.8g / Fiber 2.1g / Sugar 2.6g / Protein 2.7g / WW (Old Points) 2 / WW (Points+) 3

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1 Tieghan August 14, 2013 at 5:48 am

These are such a great idea! I bet if I added just a few chocolate chips I could actually get my four year old sister to eat them for snack or dessert at school! Everything has to have chocolate with her!

These are so cute and I love the idea! Thanks for sharing, Dara!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Thanks, Tieghan. I was tempted to add chocolate chips, but luckily my kids didn’t notice the omission. :)

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3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 14, 2013 at 6:26 am

This is so exciting! I made your carrot cake granola bites a while ago and LOVED them! This is such a great “round two”! Totally going to try these…soon!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed the carrot version, Katrina! I hope these zucchini ones live up to those for you.

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5 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl August 14, 2013 at 6:42 am

This is such a brilliant idea!!! And another good way to use zucchini this time of year.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks, Liz. We have zucchini coming out of our ears. I had to do something…fast! :)

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7 Deborah August 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

I love this, Dara!! What a great snack!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thanks, Deb. My kids love these and have been snacking on them for the past 2 days.

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9 Maria August 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

Love these Dara! Such a fun recipe! Pinned!

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10 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thanks, Maria! This is definitely a recipe we’ll be making again and again.

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11 Megan {Country Cleaver} August 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

What a great lunch box treat Dara! Can you pack a few for my lunch?! :)

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12 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Come on over, Megan…I’d be happy to make you a batch.

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13 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain August 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

These bites are completely brilliant! Love the use of zucchini!

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Thanks, Lauren! I’m just glad they’re so easy to make because my kids are already asking for another batch.

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15 Juli August 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

I love the carrot version. Can’t wait to try these!

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16 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Thanks, Juli! I hope you like the zucchini ones just as much.

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17 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies August 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

What a fun snacky treat! These would not last long at my house.

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18 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Thanks, Jen. Believe me, they don’t last long here, either.

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19 Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness August 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

These look awesome! I have SO much zucchini…and a husband who likes treats. This seems like a perfect way to sneak some veggies into him!

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20 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thanks, Taylor. I hope your husband enjoys them!

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21 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Fabulous idea, though I might have to add in some mini chocolate chips too ;).

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22 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I was tempted to do the same, Laura!

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23 Laura August 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

These would be the perfect snck for my boys! So healthy and different :)

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24 Kristen August 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

You are so smart with the things you come up with! What a great idea!

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25 Kate@Diethood August 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm

This is so creative!! I can totally imagine myself hanging out with these lovelies and popping them in my mouth, one by one. :)

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26 Karen August 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

These are so cute…I’m definitely going to try them. I make no-bake cookies a lot but love the idea of adding in veggies. Thanks!

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27 Jackie {The Beeroness} August 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Well that’s just the perfect road trip snack.

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28 carolinaheartstrings August 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

This looks so delicious. I cannot wait to try this one. A great family favorite in the making.

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29 Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

Such a cute idea!

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30 Jess S. @ Floptimism August 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hi there! Every week on my food blog, Floptimism, I write a post called the Weekend Wrap-Up where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved this zucchini recipe so much that I featured it on this week’s round up! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. Thank you for such incredible work, and enjoy your weekend!

http://floptimism.blogspot.com/2013/08/weekend-wrap-up-going-off-deep-end.html

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31 Gomo | cHow Divine August 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

Love no-bake snacks! These look so healthy & delicious. They would be perfect snacks for kids & adults alike. It’s serendipitous that I have all of the ingredients. Perfect!

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32 Carolyn August 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

These are so great, Dara! No bake and full of healthy things.

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33 Nutmeg Nanny August 27, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Oh wow!! I am absolutely loving these bites :) perfect use of excess zucchini

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34 Paula March 21, 2014 at 7:37 am

Thanks for sharing; these are unusual and so tasty! I adapted the recipe for heartburn here: http://lowacidyum.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/zucchini-almond-snack-bites/

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35 Marina September 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

Awesome recipie!
But… it’s not gluten free, oats are not gluten free.

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