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.
These are super yummy! I wanted a homemade granola that I could control how much sugar went in. I used agave nectar for honey in the PB and added raisins. Then I got crazy and made Nutella with craisins, unsweetened coconut, and flaxseed meal. I also added an egg hoping it would reduce crumble…so delicious! My toddler eats them up and my friends loved them too! Thank you for the inspiration!
I’m so glad you liked them! If you want a chewier version (but not quite as healthy) I just posted another granola bar recipe a couple of days ago too. My kids liked the loose granola from the above recipe but they preferred the chewier bars from this one: https://3hungrymonkeys.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/chewy-gooey-granola-bars/