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Chewy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Have you ever seen a recipe online and think “I really need to make that someday” … and then seen different versions of the same thing again like 30,000 times and have that same thought every time you see one … and then one day you FINALLY do just break down and make it, and you think to yourself, “my gosh that was SO easy … why did I wait so long to make that?”

That’s exactly what happened with these granola bars. They are so simple to make, I literally threw them together while I was in a conference call (and it was one of the kind of calls I had to actually participate in, not just listen …). And they’re SO good! These granola bars are way more flavorful and chocolatey than any of those store-bought granola bars. They are nice and chewy with a little bit of contrasting crunch from the nuts.

Chewy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Chewy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Adapted from Couponing & Cooking. After I mixed up the peanut butter and honey from her recipe, I thought it was way too sweet, so I added more peanut butter and then up’d the amount of oats too. Also, I cut down the amount of oil. I’m not sure it’s really necessary at all, but remember this was my first attempt at making granola bars so I didn’t want to stray TOO far from the recipe!

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup high quality chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or other nuts)
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup finely chopped dried figs, apricots, or other dried fruit  (I used figs)

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan on medium heat, mix together peanut butter, oil and honey. Heat and stir until completely combined.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips and cocoa powder till the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir in the sunflower seeds, oats, and chopped fruit.
  4. Spray your pan(s) with cooking spray. I filled up 12 mini-muffin cups, then I pressed the rest into my 9×9 inch square pan. If you put this all into one 9×9-inch pan, they are going to be much thicker than your typical granola bar.
  5. Chill in the fridge for a while until they’ve firmed up, then cut into bars and enjoy! Store them in an airtight container in the fridge. (I think they’d probably be ok left out of the fridge too, but they will probably keep longer if you chill them.)

Chewy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

This recipe was shared at Newlyweds Recipe Linky, Katherine Martinelli’s Fig Bloghop and Fit & Fabulous Fridays.

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9 responses

  1. Ann

    These look great! I do the same thing with recipes all the time. It was that way with my latest smoothie with oatmeal in it–now I am hooked and am making them every day! The kids would love these. So great for lunches and snacks!

    May 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    • Ann

      Smoothie with oatmeal in it? I’ve got to go cruise your site now! Thanks Ann :)

      May 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

  2. A granola bar, but also a little bit cookie-like? I LOVE IT.

    May 2, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    • Ann

      It is kind of cookie-like … kind of reminiscent of those no-bake cookies that everyone used to make ages ago …

      May 2, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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  4. Thanks for the shout out! I love hearing other people’s take on them and I will trying your adaptations next time I make them!

    May 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

    • Ann

      Thanks for the awesome recipe Kaylee! It’s SO good :)

      May 17, 2012 at 9:59 am

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  6. CK Bakery Shop

    What would the protein count be on these, I wonder?

    August 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

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