With this week’s first snowfall, it’s safe to say the cold weather is here to stay. Some of you are getting into a cocooning mood, others are getting ready for their favorite winter sports, and all of you will want to warm up your heart, body and soul from time to time. We decided to gather 4 of our most comforting snack recipes to try, depending on what you’re craving.
1. Decadent Chocolate Cookies
3/4 cup of all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup of extra brut cacao powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
One pinch of salt
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp ground chia seeds
1⁄4 cup of oat milk
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of sunflower oil or any vegetable oil
1⁄4 cup of Oatbox Dark Chocolate Fusion granola
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cacao powder, baking soda and salt.
In a different bowl, mix together the cornstarch and chia seeds with the oatmilk. In the bowl of the stand mixer, with a hand mix the oil with brown sugar. Add the flour mixture, granola and the oatmilk. Mixon low speed until homogenous.
Using an ice cream spoon, form 6-8 balls and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes, take out of the oven and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool down before removing from the baking sheet.
2. Crunchy Cranberry Bites
1 cup dark or milk chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries*
1/3 cup Oatbox Cranberry & Hazelnut granola
Sea salt, to taste
Place two-thirds of the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler. Heat over hot but not boiling water, stirring constantly, until completely melted.
Remove from heat and add the remaining chocolate. Stir until completely melted and add cranberries to cover them in chocolate.
Transfer to a parchment paper and sprinkle granola and sea salt over melted chocolate. Wait until the chocolate hardens again before breaking into pieces.
*Note that the cranberries need to be completely dry, it is recommended to take them out of the refrigerator at least an hour before.
3. Granola Caramel Apples
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup 35% cream or canned coconut milk
2 tbsp unsalted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
6 McIntosh apples, unpeeled, washed and dried,
1 cup Oatbox Salted Caramel granola
6 wooden sticks
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, the corn syrup and the water to a boil. Cook without stirring until caramel becomes a nice dark brown.
Remove from the heat and gradually add cream using a wooden spoon. Add butter and vanilla and bring back to a boil and cook until the mixture reaches 123 °C (254 °F).
Insert the wooden sticks into the top of the apples. Let cool for 10 minutes be- fore dipping the apples in the caramel, and then in the granola. Let cool down before eating.
4. Date & Oats Energy Bites
1 cup of Oatbox Coconut & Cocoa granola
1 cup of stoneless Medjool dates
1⁄4 cup of sunflower seeds
1⁄4 cup of raw sunflower butter
1⁄4 cup of honey or maple syrup
2 tbsp of ground flaxseeds
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Blend the dates, the Oatbox granola and the sunflower seeds until the dates are in fine pieces.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again until the mixture is homogeneous.
Form 24 balls. Store in an airtight container.