For an easy and healthy snack, try these peanut butter and honey granola bars!
Christina with Food Apparel back again. And what can I say? I am a serial snacker.
It’s true. It’s my only flaw ;). (Or is it a flaw? You decide.) Anyway, if there are snacks around, I will eat them, healthy or not. So, while I don’t think it’s bad to have that Trader Joe’s Mini Dark Chocolate PB Cup once in a while, it’s probably not a good idea to eat the whole container in one day. Not that I’ve ever done that……
My kids really love this simple 5-Ingredient Granola Recipe for a good snack. It’s easy, healthy, and delicious. But it’s not very good for when we are packing up into the car for some big adventure. Then more granola ends up in the car seats and on the floor than in their mouths. Not cool.
So I wanted to take that recipe and modify it for road trip style. And that’s how these granola bars were invented.
Now, there are two ways that you can make these -you can use my granola recipe (or your favorite granola recipe) and simply make a peanut butter and honey mixture for your “glue”. Or, you can go all from scratch and start from raw oats. There is a difference in the final product – when I use premade granola, the bars are a little bit crunchier and hold together really well. When I make the whole recipe from scratch using raw oats, the bars are a little bit chewier texture, and I do have to make sure I press them together really well before baking so they don’t crumble apart. So, just wanted to quickly make that differentiation so you can come up with the best results either way. I like both. Just depends if I already have granola in the cupboard or not.
As we enter the holiday seasons, don’t totally shy away from some delicious goodies, but make sure to have some healthy treats within arms’ reach, too!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with heavy duty tinfoil.
- In a large bowl, measure out oats and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt.
- Heat wet ingredients for 30 seconds, then stir together until combined. (If needed, continue microwaving at 15 second increments, checking and stirring in between, until all ingredients are melted and combined).
- Pour peanut butter and honey mixture into oats.
- Stir together until well coated.
- Scoop mixture out onto tinfoil.
- Using either another piece of tinfoil or wax paper, press oat mixture together firmly, and shape into a rectangle.
- Bake in oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until edges start to slightly brown.
- After removing oven, let cool for about 5-10 minutes.
- Using a sharp knife or cutting tool, cut into rectangular bars (I've found that this is the best time to cut them, as the bars have begun to set, but are still soft enough to cut.)
- Set bars aside until completely cool.
Change it Up:
If you already have granola, make a simple peanut butter and honey mixture (simply eliminating the vanilla and salt), and add to two cups of your granola. Follow rest of recipe as explained. This will produce a crunchier end result for your bars.
Thank you, Christina, for these amazing Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars! I can’t wait to whip some up.
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