Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars


Ok, so I meant to post this earlier, but I’ve been completely distracted by the recent events.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to people in the surrounding areas hit by Sandy.  Hats off to the relief effort!  The workers, leaders, and neighbors have been amazing.

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Pre-hurricane, Jamie and I made these granola bars to bring to a play date.  They aren’t the healthiest granola bars — they’re more like healthier Rice Krispie Treats!   Instead of marshmallows and butter, I used peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, brown sugar.  Then mixed it with oats, almonds in addition to rice cereal.  Super easy to make, with no baking required.

I went through about four iterations, and I like this ratio of oats, rice cereal, sweetness and chew the best.  Hope you do too!

Dry ingredients: oats, rice cereal, sliced almonds

Wet ingredients: honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, brown sugar

Pressed into pan.

Cut into bars

Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars

¾ cups old fashioned oats

1 ½ cups rice cereal

¼ cup toasted, sliced almonds

1 tablespoon coconut oil (or other oil or melted butter)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup peanut butter (I use the natural, goopy kind – TJ creamy, salted)

1/3 cup chocolate chips

  1. Mix oats, cereal and almonds in a large bowl.  Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter until incorporated.  Pour over dry ingredients in big bowl.  Mix to coat.  Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer mixture to a 8-inch by 8-inch pan lined with foil or parchment paper.  Press down firmly and pack into pan in an even layer of  granola.  Chill in refrigerator for about an hour.
  4. Cut into 10 bars (cut square in half, then into fifths).
  5. Wrap each bar in saran wrap.  They are great on the go!
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17 Comments

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17 responses to “Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars

  1. Chewy and full on peanuty goodness 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. These look delicious! and easy to make! Thank you!

  3. These sound utterly delicious, Melissa — love the coconut oil (and I have lots of it).

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  5. Reblogged this on The Healthy Tummy Initiative and commented:
    In the mood for a sweet, creamy and crunchy treat? Check out this delicious recipe!

  6. Reblogged this on Jama's Alphabet Soup and commented:
    Just in time for Peanut Butter Lovers Month: a yummy snack for the munchkins from children’s author/illustrator Melissa Iwai :).

  7. Really sound good, Jama. And easy, which is also good. Thank you!

  8. Yummy, yummy in the tummy! You have more patience than I would have, doing it four times to find just the right combination. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These look delicious. Who said granola bars have to be healthy? : )

  10. These look so good, Melissa!I’ve been buying peanut butter granola bars as it’s been something I’ve been craving lately. I’d love to make them at home but Bebe E is allergic to peanut butter. I wonder what I could use in place of PB…

  11. Hi Judy!
    Is she allergic to almonds? You could try it with almond butter — or cashew butter. If she can’t eat nuts though, I would just omit the nut butter and increase the honey or decrease the amount of oats. 🙂

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