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Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars (no bake)


Chewy peanut butter granola bars made with healthy ingredients and no refined sugar! Full of peanut butter flavor, simple to prepare (no oven required!) and great for a healthier treat.

Granola bars are a staple in our house, and I love making my own from scratch. With 7 homemade granola bars on my site, we have a repertoire of flavors, but I find myself coming back to these chewy peanut butter granola bars time and time again.

a stack of Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Chewy and full of peanut butter flavor, these homemade granola bars are so simple to prepare, and I love knowing exactly which ingredients go into them.

The kids love them, and they are a delicious healthier treat to keep stored away in the fridge.

Reasons you’ll ♡ peanut butter granola bars

  • they are made with healthier ingredients and you cognize exactly what goes into them
  • they are simple to prepare and can be into your fridge in just 20 minutes
  • they are chewy and full of peanut butter flavor!

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see exactly how I prepped this peanut butter granola bars recipe. It’s so simple! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel, or on Facebook.

(embed)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKhcjtnnG5s(/embed)

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simmering honey and coconut oil to make healthy granola bars

Ingredients you’ll need

  • peanut butter– make sure to use all natural peanut butter (aka: made from just peanuts and maybe a touch of salt). Avoid anything with added ingredients like oils, as this will avoid the bars from setting properly.
  • coconut oil– I use refined coconut oil, as this does not have a strong coconut flavor
  • honey– which helps to sweeten and bind the bars. Unfortunately maple syrup does not work in this recipe and other liquid sweeteners have not been tested.
  • vanilla extract– adds depth of flavor
  • rolled oats– which may also be called large flake or ancient fashioned oats. Avoid steel cut or fast oats.
  • almonds– optional, to add nutrition and texture to the bars.
  • chocolate chips– mini chocolate chips work top in this recipe as they help distribute the chocolate flavor throughout the bars and are not difficult to chew when cold, unlike the regular sized ones.

Recipe tips

Avoiding dirty dishes

For this recipe, I’ve weighed out all the ingredients for you. This means that you can simply place your saucepan onto a kitchen scale, and pour the honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter directly into the pot, rather than struggling to scrape them into and out of measuring cups.

The Trendy important step

The critical step in these peanut butter granola bars is to simmer the honey, peanut butter and coconut oil. This helps thicken the honey, making the bars stick together. If you skip this step, you should expect crumbly bars.

Combine the three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. When the mixture starts bubbling (as shown in the photo above), commence your timer for exactly 1 minute. When the time is up, remove the pot from the heat, stir in the vanilla and salt, and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Parchment trick

For these granola bars, it is necessary to line a baking dish with parchment paper to help obtain them out once they are set. If you struggle getting parchment to stay put in the pan, here’s my trick:

  1. cut parchment to fit the pan
  2. spritz the pan with a bit of oil –> this helps the parchment stay put so you can work it into the corners
  3. secure with binder clips

Extra flay-vah

If you want to take extra time to obtain even more flavor out of these peanut butter granola bars, take a few minutes to toast your oats and almonds in the oven. Here’s how to do it:

  • heat oven to 350°F
  • spread oats and almonds out on a baking sheet
  • toast for 10-15 minutes until oats are golden and fragrant and almonds are lightly browned

a stack of four of peanut butter granola bars

FAQ

Can I swap the peanut butter for almond butter?

Yes! You can swap for any all-natural nut butter. Make sure it is well-stirred and drippy, and that the only ingredients are the nuts (and maybe some salt).

Can I make these granola bars vegan?

Unfortunately, maple syrup does not work to bind these bars, and I have not tried any other liquid sweeteners.

What else can I add to these granola bars?

Feel free to swap the almonds for your favorite nuts or seeds. You can also add in dried cranberries or blueberries, cinnamon, or other add ins. Find 7 granola bars here!

How long do these granola bars last?

Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also freeze them for 1-2 months.

granola bars in a glass storage container

More healthier sweet snacks

Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Course: Snack

Cuisine: American

Keyword: chocolate, granola bar, peanut

Calories: 204kcal

Author: Denise Bustard

Servings: 12 bars

Chewy peanut butter granola bars made with clean ingredients and no refined sugar! Full of peanut butter flavor, simple to prepare (no oven required!) and great for a healthier treat.

(embed)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKhcjtnnG5s(/embed)

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time2 mins

Total Time22 mins

  • Line an 8 x 8 inch baking sheet with parchment or foil (use spray oil on the foil) and set aside.

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, peanut butter and coconut oil. Heat over medium heat, stirring until everything is melted and smooth.

  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and salt, and allow to cool 10-15 minutes. *note 1

  • Once the pot has cooled slightly, stir in the almonds, rolled oats and chocolate chips.

  • Spread the mixture into the prepared pan, pressing it down firmly using a spatula. It is important to press it down very firmly, and spraying the spatula lightly with oil helps avoid everything from sticking. *note 2

  • Sprinkle tops with a few extra mini chocolate chips and refrigerate the bars for minimum of 2 hours.

  • Cut into bars and store in a large container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

1- Make sure to take the time to simmer the mixture for 1 minute! This is extremely important in helping the bars stick together.
2- if bars are too warm to press down thoroughly, place in the fridge for 10 minutes, then press them down a second time.
Storage
Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 4 days *this is important as the bars soften at room temperature.
Freeze for up to 3 months.
Toasting the oats + almonds
If you’d like to add extra flavor, you can:

  • heat oven to 350°F
  • spread oats and almonds out on a baking sheet
  • toast for 10-15 minutes until oats are golden and fragrant and almonds are lightly browned

 

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg


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