Chocolate Peanut Butter Six-Ingredient Granola Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Six-Ingredient Granola Bars

I’m a huge fan of homemade granola and granola bars. Well this is far and away one of my favorite granola bar recipes that I’ve come across. It’s simple and easy, contains only 6 ingredients, and can be made to suit vegan diets. And unlike many store-bought granola bars, you have complete control over the ingredients, so you can be sure everything is natural and healthy. Depending on how long you bake these bars and whether you use honey or agave, the end result may not be as chewy as the Chewy Fruit & Nut Granola Bars, but it’s delicious and addicting nonetheless.

Ingredients

  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, and/or peanuts)
  • 1/4 c. chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. natural peanut or almond butter (I suggest Homemade Peanut Butter)
  • 1/2 c. honey or agave

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, mix together the peanut/almond butter and honey/agave until creamy and slightly runny. Alternatively, microwave them in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, for about 1 minute or more.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together well. (Using your hands is the easiest way to ensure everything gets well coated and combines well.) The mixture should be fairly sticky after incorporating everything together.
  5. Transfer the mixture into the baking pan and press into place hard to ensure everything sticks together. (I mean it. Press down really hard. I actually put a piece of parchment paper on top of the mixture and press it down with a hardcover book.)
  6. For a softer, chewier bar, bake for 18-20 minutes or until the top just starts to brown. For a firmer, crunchier bar, bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Let the baking pan cool for 10 minutes, then remove the granola from the pan either by flipping the pan upside-down, or lifting out the parchment paper. Place the finished granola “cake” on a wire rack and let cool completely.
  8. Once cooled, cut into 16-20 pieces, depending on what size granola bar you prefer.

Notes

The biggest thing to stress for this recipe is to make sure you press the granola bars very firmly into the pan before baking. Otherwise, they’re liable to crumble apart when you cut them into smaller pieces. Also, as noted above, the longer you bake the granola, the firmer the end result will be. Additionally, I found that using agave instead of honey helps keep the bars more moist after baking. So if you’re a fan of softer, chewier granola bars, use agave and bake for 18-20 minutes.

Again, this a very simple recipe to make, and takes only a handful of ingredients. It’s definitely a healthy snack that you should have on hand at all times.

Bon Appétit!

 

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