As a kid, granola bars were my go to snack. The peanut butter chocolate chip ones were my favorite and they still are today. Since I’ve made Homemade Granola, I’ve been anxious to make homemade granola bars.
I don’t have to wait anymore. In fact I’m so addicted to these that I can’t wait to make another version of this recipe, using different goodies like nuts and dried fruit. These chewy granola bars will please both peanut butter and chocolate fans. I’m in love with them. I ate two of them while I photographed them. 🙂
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Recipe
(Makes 12 bars)
- 1 and 2/3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease an 8 x 8 baking pan and set it aside.
- Whisk together the old fashioned oats, light brown sugar, oat bran, ground cinnamon, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. Set the dry ingredients aside.
- Melt the butter. Make sure the butter is completely melted and warm. Add the honey, corn syrup, water, and peanut butter and mix them together until creamy and smooth.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. (Make sure you do this step while your wet ingredients are still warm or nothing will mix properly.)
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread it out evenly and firmly press it down.
- Bake it in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. It will look soft when it’s done but it will firm up once it’s cooled.
- Let the bars cool completely before cutting into them.
Store in an air tight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Similar to my Homemade Granola, I used rolled oats and oat bran. Rolled oats (also called old fashioned oats) are thick and perfect for making granola bars because they will hold their shape through the baking process. As opposed to quick oats or instant oats, both of which have been pre-cooked and are often rolled thinner or cut into smaller pieces.
Hmm, what goodies should be in granola bars? Whatever you want. 🙂 Since I’m reminiscing about my favorite ones, today is all about peanut butter and chocolate. I doubled up on the peanut butter flavors by using creamy peanut butter and peanut butter chips. I love using mini chocolate chips because you get chocolate in every bite.
These granola bars are so easy to make. Whisk together the old fashioned oats, light brown sugar, oat bran, ground cinnamon, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.
Honey and light brown sugar are great complimentary flavors with oats so I used them in both my granola and granola bar recipes.
I opted to use light corn syrup here (instead of the maple syrup that I used in my granola recipe) because I didn’t think maple syrup would taste as good with the peanut butter and chocolate.
Butter is so good. What would we do without it? Given that I decided to use it instead of the oil I used in my granola recipe. Since I’m kind of making an oatmeal cookie (with peanut butter and chocolate chips) I thought the butter flavor would better enhance all of the various flavors I have in these granola bars.
Melt the butter. Make sure the butter is completely melted and warm when you add in the honey, corn syrup, water, and peanut butter. It will be much easier to mix these ingredients together if the butter is warm.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and the pour it into the prepared pan. Spread it out evenly and firmly press it down. Make sure the granola mixture is firmly packed so that your granola bars stay together when you cut into them (after they have been baked). I use a measuring cup to help me evenly press it down.
You don’t have to use tin foil because you can cut the bars straight in the pan. I only lined it so that I could remove the whole piece to cut it all up at once for pictures. Although I will say using tin foil does make for an easier clean up, and I think they are easier to cut when not still down in the pan. 😉
When they are done baking, the granola bars will look soft and be boiling from the wet ingredients. Don’t worry, that’s what it should be doing. Take it out when it’s slightly browned. It will firm up once it’s cooled. The waiting game is the toughest for me. They do need to cool completely before you cut into them otherwise they will fall apart.
Look at all those fun layers of oats and goodies! Mmm, so delicious. 🙂
The outside is crunchy and the inside is chewy. It’s the perfect texture for a granola bar.
I used Reese’s peanut butter chips, but you can use any brand you like. I couldn’t stop snacking on them while I was making these granola bars. When you think of Reese’s you think of chocolate too, and these have got it. They are mad tasty.
This picture is my husband playing Jenga with the props. Lol. Love you, babe!
Making your own granola bar is fun because you can decide exactly what you want in it. If you don’t care about calories then load them up with sugary fun stuff. If you’re looking for some protein action, use a variety of nuts. See where I’m going with this? The possibilities are endless and you aren’t limited to the flavors of pre-made granola bars available on the grocery store shelf.
Plus, I can easily pronounce all of the ingredients that go into this fun snack. I’m not pretending that this is a healthy snack (although it is healthy in comparison to some others), but there is something to be said about knowing every ingredient that I’ve put into them.
Granola bars are a fun snack to have around the house or to grab on the go. I know these will certainly come in handy on our next road trip.
Do you have a favorite granola bar flavor?
If you’re a fan of granola bars then you’ll love this Homemade Granola.
Homemade Peanut Butter is another great snack.
Do you love oats and/or peanut butter? Try these amazing Peanut Butter Oatmeal M&M Cookies that have both ingredients!