In my search for healthier snacks that aren’t rabbit food, I came across a simple recipe for granola bars. This is what I would call a “guideline” recipe. Take the basics here and add and subtract stuff you like.
I did two batches of these. In one batch I was a little more generous with the peanut butter, and I added some extra peanuts and dried cranberries. In the other batch I used chocolate peanut butter in place of the regular stuff, and added mini chocolate chips. When I cut the bars I did have some crumbling, which resulted in some bars and some loose granola that was perfect for tossing on top of oatmeal or yogurt. Adding a little oil to the recipe would probably help with the crumbling, but I was shooting for healthy here so I didn’t bother with it.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used natural PB with no sugar, I also did one batch with natural chocolate peanut butter – they make that!)
1/4 cup honey
Other mix-ins such as dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips!
Preheat oven to 350˚. Melt peanut butter in microwave or on the stove. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well, using your hands if necessary. Add a little more honey or a drizzle of oil if it seems too dry. Spray a pan with cooking spray and press mixture into the pan firmly. Bake for 10-15 minutes (bake a little longer if you like them really crunchy). Let cool a bit and cut into bars or crumble for loose granola.