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Monster Granola Bars

Monster granola bars are loaded with peanut butter, mini M&M’s, and mini chocolate chips. You can make these in a single pot, with baking step required!
Prep Time19 mins
Cook Time1 min
Chilling time2 hrs
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, gluten-free, granola bar, kid-friendly
Servings: 16
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Denise Bustard

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey (156 g)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (refined coconut oil recommended; 74 g)
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter (84 g; almond butter works great, too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats (284 g)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup mini M & M's
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (18 g)

Instructions

  • Combine honey, coconut oil and peanut butter in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer, and once pot starts bubbling up all over (see image at top of post), start the timer for 1 minute.
  • When time is up, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Let it cool down for 10-15 minutes.
  • While pot is cooling, prepare a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper (I secure mine with binder clips).
  • Stir in rolled oats, chopped almonds, mini M&M's (reserve some for the top) until evenly coated and press into the prepared pan. Sprinkle tops with reserved M&M's and mini chocolate chips.
  • Spray a spatula with oil and press down into the pan. Press firmly (I go through and press 2-3 times, spraying spatula again as needed).
  • Cool in the fridge for 4 hours- overnight (overnight is best!), before slicing into bars.

Storage

  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge (they soften at room temperature) for up to a week or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1granola bar | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1.1mg