Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Easy, healthy and delicious!!  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These wholesome and delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a perfect snack to have on hand all year round!

With summer break official underway I was searching my cupboards this week for some healthy snacks for my girls.  I remembered a recipe for homemade granola bars that I had made earlier this year, but then we ate them before I had a chance to photograph them!  =)  So I mixed up another batch and photographed them shortly before they “disappeared” again!

These homemade granola bars are sweet, chewy, and can be customized with your favorite ingredients.  Feel free to add some additional nuts and seeds, omit the chocolate chips (if you must!), or replace the small amount of butter with coconut oil to make these a delicious dairy free treat!

Easy, healthy and delicious!!  Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These delicious homemade granola bars are sweet, chewy, and a perfect snack for anytime of day!

Yield: 10-12 snack bars

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons butter (or coconut oil)
1/2 cup peanut butter (natural, no added sugar)
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
2 cups quick cook oats
1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Line a 8"x8" pan with parchment paper or foil.

2.) In a small saucepan, combine butter, peanut butter and honey and heat over low heat. Stir and heat just long enough for the ingredients to melt together. Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt (if desired).

3.) In a large bowl, mix the oats and rice cereal and stir to combine.

4.) Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to combine. Add most of the chocolate chips, but reserve about 1 Tablespoon. Stir to fully combine.

5.) Pour/scoop mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into the pan. Sprinkle reserved chocolate chips on top and press onto the surface.

6.) Cover and refrigerate the bars for 30 minutes before cutting. Remove from pan and cut into squares or bars.

7.) Store the bars in the fridge (in a sealed container), although they are fine at room temperature a few hours (long enough to send in school lunches).

Recipe Source - Glorious Treats

Feel free to add some additional healthful ingredients, such as chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, coconut etc. I would suggest you could add 1/2- 3/4 cup dry ingredients (such as those just listed) without needing to adjust any other ingredients.

If you only have rolled oats (vs. quick cook oats) on hand, simply pulse the oats in a food processor a few times to break them up a bit, then you may use them in place of the quick oats listed.

Easy, healthy and delicious!!  Homemade Granola Bars

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are a delicious snack (or even breakfast) for kids and adults.  Everyone in our house loves them!

Are you looking for more easy summer snack ideas?

This Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip is a wonderful snack or light dessert.

And be sure you’re following Glorious Treats on Pinterest where I have some delicious summer boards, from salads, to snacks, to desserts.

Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip - via GloriousTreats.com

Happy summer snacking!

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11 Responses to “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

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    Lilyann C — June 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, they look delicious!! Can’t wait to try them! Thanks Glory! You are amazing!!

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    Librarian Lavender — June 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Granola bars with chocolate, yum! They’re the perfect snack!

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    Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Yum!

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    RaDonna Murner — June 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I just love all your recipes and the little print button so I can print them out. But what I would really love is to be able to print out the recipe WITH a picture. I like pictures. When I”m flipping through my 3 ring binder of printed out recipes, its the pictures I’m looking at.that make me go “OHH, I want to make THAT one today”

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    Cecilia — June 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Those look yummy! I may try to whip up a batch of those for my brood this summer! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

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    Lili — June 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

    These look yummy! Does anyone know if they would work with WowButter (it’s a soy butter)?

    • Glory replied: — June 11th, 2014 @ 5:08 am

      Lili, I’ve only made the recipe as listed, and I’m not familiar with Wow Butter, but I would say it’s definitely worth a try! Feel free to experiment and let me know how it goes.

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    Adele — June 11, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Any suggestions as to a healthy alternative to crispy rice cereal? Really keen to make these – they look great! Thanks :-)

    • Glory replied: — June 11th, 2014 @ 5:07 am

      Adele, Maybe I’m missing something, but I consider rice krispies pretty healthy? It’s just rice with very small amount of sugar. I’ve only made the recipe this way, but feel free to experiment with it.

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    Jill Rogat — June 14, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Mmm, these look so delicious and are a healthy snack, too. With the kids home after next week, this are definitely on my to-do list. They eat me out of house and home!

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