Ancient Grains Granola Almond Butter Balls

Quick, think of granola. Now think of how you eat granola.

What combinations come to mind?

For me I associate granola with yogurt, parfaits, and almond milk. Sound similar to what you were thinking?

Just wait. It gets SO much better than this.

A little over a week ago, I was kindly offered to try Kirkland Signature’s and Nature’s Path newest product: Ancient Grains Granola with Almonds.

Ancient Grains Granola is a USDA-certified organic product that is made up of high-fiber whole grains that have been eaten since ancient times.

You had me at organic. Wait, scratch that, you had me at Nature’s Path and Kirkland Signature.

Nature’s Path is a privately run family business that has been committed to sustainability and organics for 25 years. Now that is a company I could get behind. What’s not to love?

Um, can we just get married? Or is it too soon?

Words to live by folks. Love.

While you ponder my sanity after my marriage proposal to a company, I’ll give you some more info on the star of this post.

The grains that make up this granola:

Spelt: an early form of wheat which contains notable amounts of iron, amino acids and fiber.

Kamut Khorasan Wheat: which contains high levels of lipids, amino acids and vitamins

Amaranth: This grain was so important to the Aztecs that Cortez, in an effort to destroy the Aztec culture, declared that anyone growing amaranth crops be put to death. <—Whoa! Thanks to some seeds that were smuggled into Asia, you can enjoy its lively, peppery taste and high quality protein.

Quinoa: a complete protein, which means it includes all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t make by themselves. Yes, please!

Oats: an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber and thiamin.

Okay, so this stuff is organic, nutritious, and produced by a company after my own heart—but how does it taste?

One word: delicious! Lightly sweet, crunchy, and with a  hint of cinnamon, this granola is definitely a winner!

Included with the granola were a few unique recipes.

One in particular caught my eye.

Of course, I took their recipe and put my own spin on it!

Ancient Grains Granola Almond Butter Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C. Creamy Almond Butter
  • 1/4 C. Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter
  • 1/2 C. Squeezable Local Honey
  • 1/8 t. Freshly Ground Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 C. Ancient Grains Granola
  • 1/4 C. Cacao Nibs
  • 1/4 C. Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 C. Dried Cherries (chopped up)
  • 1/2 C. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Directions:

  1. Place almond butter, honey, and salt in food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Add Ancient Grains Granola. Give the processor a whir.
  3. Add cacao nibs, chia seeds, and cherries and blend until mixture forms a mass.
  4. Spread shredded coconut on a flat surface. Or, like in my case, on a plate.
  5. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Or just leave it in the processor bowl if you don’t want any more dirty dishes!
  6. Form balls of desired size and roll in shredded coconut until coated. Be generous here!
  7. Place coconut-coated balls on a cookie sheet and cool in the fridge for about 45 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

The star on it’s own. See the almond slivers?

Cherries & Cacao Nibs, Granola, Almond Butter, and Honey. Respectively.

Mm, delicious swirls of honey and almond butter!

Ready for rollin’.

The finished product.

We should add the word ENERGY somewhere in that name because these balls are jam-packed with energizing ingredients.

Make them. Devour them. Heck, marry them if you want! I won’t judge you if you won’t judge me.

Disclaimer: While Nature’s Path generously sent me this product(THANKS!), these opinions are all my own.

There was also a recipe for an Apple, Celery, and Ancient Grains Granola Salad that I foresee making an appearance in my very near future!

Have a great Sunday guys!