Enjoy these no-bake snack bites as a healthy indulgence or quick on-the-go breakfast.

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Have you ever tasted grapes picked right off the vine? There’s nothing sweeter! A few weeks ago, I joined fellow food-loving registered dietitians and toured a Concord grape farm in Pasco, Washington. It was harvest time; Welch’s sponsored the trip so all of us could get a farm to fork – or should I say glass – experience. We rode a harvester, toured a processing plant, and attended workshops. It was an amazing experience! I learned so much about Concord grapes and the  TLC this farmer-owned company provides in order to deliver its delicious products. There’s nearly twenty years of research on Concord grapes about the heart-health benefits of drinking 100% grape juice, but I was thrilled to discover how easy and tasty it is to cook with 100% grape juice. This Peanut Butter, Grape and Chocolate Snack Bite recipe was one of my favorites. Keep a batch stashed in your fridge, and enjoy a high-protein treat that’s loaded with heart-smart ingredients. For more high-protein snacks, try my homemade peanut butter and cinnamon raisin granola – they’re on my new app Time To Eat healthy!

Peanut Butter, Grape & Chocolate Snack Bites

30 Servings

 Prep Time = 65 minutes

Cooking Time = 0 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup low-fat crunchy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Steps:

  1. In microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter and heat until thinned out, approximately 25 seconds.
  2. Remove from microwave and stir in grape juice. Add oats, flax seed, honey, chocolate chips and vanilla; stir to incorporate. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Using a teaspoon or melon baller, form mixture into balls.
  4. Place in refrigerator and allow to cool again for at least 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 60 calories, 2 grams protein, 7 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fat, 1gram saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, >1 gram fiber, 45 milligrams sodium

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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N.
Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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