I make a good number of snacks and even desserts for my family each month. Since my three children are ages 2-7, I like finding or creating great treats that are fairly healthy. I adapted our favorite and frequently made chewy granola bars recipe to make an even better one. Peanut butter granola bars pack a flavorful punch and satisfy the sweet tooth with minimal sugar.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Ingredients (16 bars)
- 2 1/4 cups quick oats (not rolled)
- 1 cup Rice Krispy type cereal
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 heaping tablespoons mini chocolate chips
1. Lightly grease an 11x17 pan.
2. Stir cereal and oats together in a large bowl and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, melt butter, honey, and brown sugar together over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes, 15 seconds to 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
4. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until thoroughly mixed.
5. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix very well.
6. Spread into your prepared pan and press to be about 3/4 inch thick. (Wax paper is helpful.) Be sure to press it very well otherwise the bars will not stay together.(If your pan is not small enough, just keep the mixture on one side and pack it there.)
7. After bars have cooled for 10 minutes, sprinkle mini chocolate chips on the pressed granola. Using wax paper, press the chips into the granola mixture.
8. Cut into bars when completely cool, after about two hours.
9. Store bars in container with a lid in layers divided by wax paper or wrap individually in plastic wrap. Keep at room temperature or freeze. To freeze granola bars, wrap individually with plastic wrap. Place wrapped granola bars in a freezer bag or freezer safe container and place in freezer. To eat, thaw for a few minutes.
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I've never skipped the chocolate chips in the peanut butter granola bars, but I think you could. These granola bars are adapted from our chewy granola bar recipe. The original recipe has become a favorite for multiple friends and family members. One friend even dipped and drizzled the granola bars in chocolate for her daughter's classroom treat. Both recipes are worth trying, but the peanut butter granola bars are our favorite. We prefer Jif creamy peanut butter.
As you can see from our photos, sometimes I cut the granola bars to be similar in size to store-bought, but I have found they transport best when shorter and wider.
If you like the idea of chewy granola bars, but can't use peanut butter, then be sure to try the original chewy granola bar recipe, linked below.
recipes along with the original chewy granola bar recipe. Our granola recipe has no sugar...just honey to sweeten it.
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