Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Chewy peanut butter granola bars made with clean ingredients and no refined sugar! Full of peanut butter flavor, easy to prepare (no oven required!) and perfect for a healthier treat.
Servings: 12 bars
- ⅓ cup honey 98 g
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter 64 g
- ¼ cup coconut oil 52 g; refined coconut oil recommended
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ cup almonds coarsely chopped; 70 g
- 2 cups rolled oats 184 g
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips plus extras for sprinkling on top (45 g + 18 g)
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 prevent 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.
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