No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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“You don’t know anything about girls!” said my daughter to my husband.

Umm, since when is my 5 year old like, 13?

I’m trying to remember the context of this entire conversation from yesterday, but I seem to be drawing a blank. All I remember is I totally agreed with her and said it in the exact same tone to Gordon right after she did {because I thought it would be hilarious AND I was half listening whislt shoving my pie hole with grapes. Or was it brownies?! Potato, po-tah-to.}

“Yeah, you don’t know ANYTHING about girls!” 

I guess we showed him?!

Next blog post I’ll do my best to actually remember some detail about the stories I tell. And not shove my pie hole so mindlessly.

Aaaaaactually, I can’t promise anything. So forget that last sentence.

ANYWAYS. Today is Monday…aka the worst day ever in the world.

……….

And that concludes the topics running loose in my brain today.

You’re welcome, America.

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So, yeah. Let’s talk granola bars.

You guys certainly love my original No-Bake Chocolate Chip Granola ones a lot. They get pinned thousands of times everyday. I think they’re coming up on 1 million pins to date. Too legit to quit, yo. They honestly are some of the easiest snacks to whip up and the best part is you can pronounce every ingredient you put into them. High five for that.

Lots and lots of you have commented on this original recipe saying you experimented with adding in peanut butter with great success, so I decided to give it a whirl.

You people are onto something, cause these pb bars? GOLD.

They were just the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter without taking it to the overkill territory. Plus, did I mention these STAY CHEWY? Cause they do. #winning

I loved them and so did my husband. My daughter ate about 2 and then decided she didn’t like them anymore–>??? Whatevs. She’s 5.

For more detailed directions, check out the step by step photos from this original post. Instructions and directions are all the same for both recipes, you just add in some peanut butter for this one. Printable recipe below too!

Have a fab day friends 🙂 IMG_0691

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip No-Bake Granola Bars

One of my most popular recipes remixed with a little peanut butter! Your kids will LOVE these 🙂

Yield: 20 bars

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter {not all-natural}
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats {not rolled oats!}
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter chips

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. In a small pot, melt butter, peanut butter honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook lightly {like a simmer} for 1 1/2-2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten evenly. Pour into lightly greased small jelly roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn't small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and pb chips and press them into the bars lightly. Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
  2. Recipe Notes: If your granola bars don't seem to be staying together when you cut them, you may have not boiled the mixture long enough...you want it to make it just past the softball stage. OR you made them too thin or you didn't pack them in tight enough. Stick them in the fridge for 20 minutes and that should help keep them together. {Be sure not to keep them in there too long or else they'll become super hard!} The next time you make them, try boiling for an extra 15 seconds or so.
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  1. I do not have kids but I will be making these today for myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. How long do these stay good for?

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  3. I made your original granola bars all the time at the beginning of the school for my girls’ snack at school, except now they’re lucky if I have my act together enough to shove some saltines in a baggie for a snack #endofschoolyearmommyfatigue

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  4. I LOVE your no-bake granola bars recipe and I too remixed them with peanut butter this week! What a coincidence! I made a small pan and I am regretting it now because they’re already done!

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  5. Hmmm. . .I wonder how they’d work with Nutella?!!?

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  6. What a coincidence, when I woke up this morning I knew I wanted to make no bake granola bars today then I go to read my inbox, and see your recipe! So of course I made some!

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  7. Yummy! I’m going to try to make these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. Hi, I’m just wondering how long these tend to stay good for.
    Tbx,
    Julieann

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    • If you have them wrapped individually in plastic, then they’d stay good 1-2 weeks. But in my experience, they won’t last that long 🙂

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  9. We don’t like rice krispies cereal. Is there something else I could sub for it? Perhaps bran flakes, etc.?

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  10. Are these gluten free?

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  11. Could I use coconut oil instead of butter?

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  12. Just off hand Lauren, Do you know how much protein is in this.. My friend has to eat a lot of protein per day.. The granola bars she buys, she doesn’t really like and I thought maybe this would be good for her…Thanks..

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  13. can you freeze them? I was thinking of doubling the batch for later

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  14. Hi, I was also wondering if you’ve tried freezing them. I am worried the wonderful texture may change and that would be a tragedy!

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  15. I only have old-fashioned rolled oats. Anyway I can use them in these bars by pre-cooking them or something? We just bought a giant canister at the store. thanks.

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    • I have read if you use old-fashioned oats, to grind them up in a food processor first 😉

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  16. Could you add a scoop of protein powder?

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  17. I made these last night and they are SO good! It’ll be fun to play around with the recipe too. I didn’t have PB chips on hand so used Heath bits. Everyone loves them. Thanks!! 🙂

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  18. Can you suggest a brand and type of oats? I used organic steele cut oats and they were a bit too chewy.

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    • I use quaker rolled oats.

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      • Thank you, Lauren. The recipe says “no rolled oats” so I wasn’t sure. Thank you!

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  19. Can you freeze these?

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  20. I have made these almost every week for the past six months. My kids (and me) love them! Thanks for the recipe.

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  21. Made these and they are amazing

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  22. Hi, I was just wondering why all-natural PB doesn’t work for this? Thanks!

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    • I tried it once and it didn’t seem to hold up through the boiling process. But feel free to try it yourself! I think if you boil it enough, the sugar will get to that happy medium between soft ball and hard ball stage and keep everything together.

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  23. These have become a staple in my house…all my kids love them and are great to pack in their lunch!

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  24. This has been a new family favorite of ours just in time for summer days out and about with kids. Thanks!

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