Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I’ve got this thing for granola bars, and so after I learned how easy it is to make granola, I definitely had to try making them.  My first few attempts were a bit interesting, but now I can’t keep them in the house – everyone’s gone granola crazy.

This particular bar is chewy and full of healthy fibers.  With lots of peanuts, peanut butter, and oats, the richness is sweetened by a sprinkling of chocolate chips (surprisingly, my husband was really excited about that chocolate!).   Best of all, though, is that you’re choosing the ingredients, so these can be as healthy as you want.  Most of mine are organic and unprocessed, so there isn’t anything that’s preserved or hydrogenated.

Like many of my ‘recipes,’ this is more of a method than an actual, measured recipe. I don’t really measure ingredients much, so feel free to play a bit with this.  🙂

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups’ of dry stuff .  I use 2 or more cups of oats, then add in chopped peanuts, coconut, sunflower seed kernels, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips.
  • 1 cup of wet stuff.  I use about 2/3 c. peanut butter and 1/3 c. of honey.
Directions:
  1. Mix together your four cups of dry ingredients. 
  2. Melt the peanut butter and honey together and stir.
  3. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir, stir, stir until all combined.  If you have a significant amount of dry ingredients left at the end, drizzle a bit more honey over them until they’re good and sticky like the rest.
  4. Press into an 8X8″ pan.
  5. Bake at 225 for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Cool slightly, then slice.
  7. Wrap individually and store in the fridge for a firmer bar.
I’m working on another type of granola bar and would love to know – What’s your favorite type of granola bars – or to-go snack?
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