Tuesday, January 29, 2013

No Bake Graham Cracker Almond Bites

We introduced the Little Guy to peanut butter a month ago (after the recommendation to wait until he was a year old) and he got mild hives. That really worries me; I am a BIG peanut butter eater, so I hope it was just a one time thing.

(We'll try again in another month under medical supervision.)

That being said, if I had to cut peanut butter out of my diet and home, I'd be okay with it. I just know that I'd go through a long mourning period so I decided to start now just in case that's the life we'll have to live.

I came up with these almond butter bites because the Little Guy has a cookie problem. Well, maybe it's me and the A-man that have the problem. We eat cookies, in some fashion, on a pretty regular basis and Little Guy asks for them in his adorable, clingy way (by climbing on us, whining and grabbing), so we give in.

I feel a whole lot better about giving him "cookies" when they're these. With the crunch of the graham cracker and smoothness of the almond butter (and hints of maple syrup and chocolate) I'm really, really digging them.

Gluten-Free No Bake Graham Cracker Almond Bites
Makes 13 balls

1/2 cup crumbled (by hand; you still want them to be crunchy) gluten-free graham crackers
1 cup crunchy almond butter (smooth will work too)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
pinch of salt (if using unsalted almond butter)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 

Combine the graham crackers, almond butter, maple syrup, flax seed, salt and chocolate chips and mix until thoroughly combined. Using a melon baller scoop into about one-inch balls and roll until round. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and then roll in the coconut. Keep refrigerated. They make a great post-workout snack. 

He likes them! He really likes them!

This post is being shared on the Gluten Free Homemakers Gluten Free Wednesday series. 


Jourtegrity said...

That's a cute kid you got there. If I might speak for him since he can't talk yet. "Mom, if I get hives from peanut butter that's okay, I can tough my way through it. What's a few itchy red bumps...we're talkin peanut butter fer crissakes!

Liz said...

Thanks J! Lol. And the first time he tasted it, it was in a smoothie so he didn't even get to taste the awesomeness that is peanut butter by the spoonful.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Coming over from Linda's GFW ... these treats look great and what a cutie your little guy is! Nothing like a review like that! :-)


Liz said...

Thanks so much gfe! He's such a funny little guy. I love your site!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Awwww, thanks, Liz! Much appreciated. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog better. :-) I didn't reply when you recently commented on gfe because I don't usually get to reply on giveaway posts because of all the comments. But a belated welcome to gfe. Hope to see you again, soon! ;-)