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Eating Well on the Road: Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites

Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites

With a summer of road trips ahead on my book tour, I’m gathering ideas for recipes and snacks that are ideal for travel. The Eating Well on the Road series is one of my favorites – perhaps because the anticipation and joy of travel is built into planning snacks and meals for the road. Thinking about food on the road means thinking about all the places I’ll be visiting.

Backpacking in Glacier national Park

Some quick news:

Speaking of that book tour, I’ve added a bunch of dates! A dinner at 18 Reasons, some solid Portland events, and more bay area events. Go check that out.

I’m having a small book launch party on Friday, June 20th in San Francisco! There are a few tickets still available! Use the code VIBRANT to gain access to the RSVP page.

The price of Vibrant Food will go up when it’s released – 6 days from now! – so now’s the time to jump on that pre-order if you’d like to secure the lowest price.

Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites

Things are crazy around here, and I’ve got my nose solidly to the grind for the next two weeks. I hope to have a big blowout post next week celebrating the book process and sharing some outtakes. The countdown is on, and despite being really tired, I’m more excited than I’ve ever been in my life. It’s totally unreal.

Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites

Yield: 18-20 bites
inspired by Bike Camp Cook

A couple months ago, I received an email about a cookbook that piqued my interest. It was a self-published book about a couple’s round-the-world journey by bike and the food that author Tara Alan prepared while they traveled. It’s filled with great ideas for using what you find locally, and making the most of what you have, and which ingredients to keep on hand when space and weight are precious. Being on the other side of a book now, I have a ton of respect for the amount of work that went into this project. The book is great for all kinds of travel eating and cooking inspiration. And this recipe is a great starting point for improvising – use your favorite dried fruit, nuts, and other crunchy tidbits, keeping the ratio roughly the same, and you’ll be a happy camper this summer. These are perfect for any kind of summer travel: a plane ride, long trips in the car, an epic backpack, or a stroll in the woods.

1 1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes
2 generous tablespoons cacao nibs
2 generous tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, cherries, almonds, coconut, caao nibs, and crystallized ginger and set aside. In a medium pot, combine the honey, almond butter, coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon. Warm over a medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is hot. Pour in the dry ingredients, turn off the heat, and stir to thoroughly combine everything. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Use a tablespoon to make round balls. Press them together very firmly to help them hold their shape. Store in the fridge. They may become a little soft if taken along on a very hot day. But they’ll still taste good!

Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites

  • Allyn - I tend to make our granola ( and I was intending to make a big batch for an upcoming 11 hour flight (yikes!), but these seem like such a less messy alternative. They look so good!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Delicious! These look like the perfect thing to have on hand when you’re not sure what quality coffee the road will present…ReplyCancel

  • Yummy - I really love it :) ReplyCancel

  • J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats - Using cherries instead of raisins, flaked coconut instead of shredded and adding crystallized ginger to boot…I think I’m in love ;)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Gordon - Yeah, girl! That book tour line up is looking good (insert “pound it” emoji here). So happy for you and so in love with the book (there is a fruit crisp in my future this evening). Also: these are right up my alley. Love their versatility and adaptability — and they’ll be a lifesaver on book tour. I was a trail mix machine…I have a feeling, these would’ve been a smarter choice :) xoxReplyCancel

  • millie l add a little - These look delicious – especially with the addition of almond butter!ReplyCancel

  • Alanna - These sound so delicious what with the cherries and nibs. So excited for the book!ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - What a very cool sounding book – I love your travel bite ideas! Also, how exciting….good luck with your book tour!ReplyCancel

  • Our Food Stories - looks SO good!! love it!

  • Lindsey - So super happy for you, Kimberley! I’m sure this is such an exhilarating time! Congrats, and can’t wait to get my copy next week!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I have a ton of road trips ahead of me too, These are perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Five O'clock Shallots - Congrats! Sounds like it’s a wonderful experience! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - I love your Eating Well on the Road series so much – it’s always so inspiring, especially when I have a few weeks of travel ahead of me. These sound perfect and I’m always super keen to add ginger to my travel snacks for all the benefits that it has. I hope you manage to enjoy the craziness of the next couple of weeks! xoReplyCancel

  • shanna mallon - So happy for and proud of you! High fives and big hugs from Nashville! xx -sReplyCancel

  • Jill Chapman - Hi Kimberley!
    I’m a BIG fan of your blog and recipes. I recently started my own blog (last week!) and I tested this recipe and posted my results! I’d love to hear what you think and any advice you may have.

    Can’t wait for your cookbook!


  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks - Kimberley, it’s all praises for your cookbook! Way to go girl! I am waiting to buy mine SOON!ReplyCancel

  • kristie @ - These looks so delicious! I must add them to my back country snack recipe list. And congratulations on the book! I can’t wait for my copy.ReplyCancel

  • Pearl - These look fantastic. I just managed to get a camp ground reservation in Northern Ca and will have to give these a whirl. Hope to make it to Omnivore’s Books to buy your BOOK!ReplyCancel

  • Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen} - Oh, so excited to try this! Perhaps my kids will like these better than the usual fruit/cacao balls I make… Looks and sounds terrific!ReplyCancel

  • PassTheKnife - These look delicious and energizing. Excited the give them a try!ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - What a good to go snack…send some this way!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - So many of my favorite ingredients in one recipe! YumReplyCancel

  • Lauren - We go camping almost every weekend (spoiled, I know) and these would be great! A healthy treat with lots of flavor and some protein to boot. Perfect for around a campfire after a long hike. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • adrian @ the food gays - these look fantastic! and full of such wholesome, good for you things. i’m going to raid my pantry and make these this week.ReplyCancel

  • Eliza - Kimberly, fantastic idea, bites on the road. Creative photos mmm. ElizaReplyCancel

  • Chloe - This recipe looks delicious, but when I baked them it turned out extremely crumbly. Do you have any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Hi Chloe,

      I’m sorry that you had trouble with these. I think the problem is that you baked them. They’re not meant to be baked; just cooled to room temp, pressed tightly into balls, and chilled. They can tend to be a little crumbly in hotter climates, which I noted in the recipe. If it’s really hot where you live, perhaps that affected them as well.ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - very healthy and amazing. i have to try this soon :)ReplyCancel

  • MJ - totally love the flavor of these but trying to make them into balls was sad sight…could be because it’s pretty hot here in LA today. but i pressed them into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and hoping that will make them more managable to consume though i’d be happy just to stick a spoon into the pan and go from there :) sad i missed you at vromans, 10 minutes from my place!ReplyCancel

  • Blake Holman - This is the best treat! I will be bringing this to the office and make my day a happier one! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Linda@OnPleasurefulPastry - Seems like a flavor bomb! I love almost anything with cherries, particularly red tart; however, I ran across a cherry grower I love at Portland Farmers Market. Cherry Country, Bought a dried Bing/Royal Ann/Tart cherries melange that’s fantastic. No additives, sulfites, oils, sugar. I sound like an advertisement.

    Anyway, great work!ReplyCancel

  • ellie | fit for the soul - I don’t know why, but I’m particularly digging these photos! They make me feel like I’m right there hangin’ out together :)ReplyCancel

  • Avianti Jewelry - This looks amazing! Definitely going to save this!ReplyCancel

  • Foodivine - Cherry Ginger Cacao Granola Bites, this name alone is quite appetizing.ReplyCancel

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