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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars

Bypass the overpriced packaged granola bars at the store and make your own! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars are a delicious and easy real food treat made in your own kitchen.

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I flipping love granola bars.  They’re delicious, filling, and a great snack.

Also expensive.

And they come covered in wrapping that is disposable. Plus they often contain ingredients I can’t pronounce and definitely wouldn’t be recognized in a Words With Friends Game. If I can’t triple word score an ingredient, I’m not eating it.

The problem with so many homemade granola bar recipes is that they are advertised as no bake. Which is great from a time standpoint, but sucktastic in keeping them together and preventing epic-crumbage. <—-crumbage would be accepted in Words With Friends.

Probably.

Ok, not likely.

Don’t worry, you got this. I’m going to teach you the secrets to delicious homemade granola bars that a) stick together b) are easy to make and c) taste like unicorn tears are the main ingredient.

How do I get my homemade granola bars to stick together?

The real secret to keeping granola bars from turning into oat dandruff is twofold. One, make sure you have the right ratio of “wet” to “dry ingredients”. Two, press the mixture together to compact everything.

It’s that easy.

Sorry that the solution is just common sense. You’re probably disappointed right now.

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How do you make your own granola bars?

1)  In a large microwave-proof container (I use and love this one), melt coconut oil until it yields 1/2 cup liquid.  Add the peanut butter, honey, and maple syrup, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir to combine.
2)  Add the oatmeal, pecans, and coconut flakes. Stir to combine. Add the chocolate chips and stir.
3)  Lightly grease a 9×13 glass pan and then add a sheet of parchment paper. Allow for some parchment to hang over the sides of the pan. Work the parchment around with your hands until it sticks to the contours of pan. Press the mixture in using the back of a large metal spoon. Or…use your hands and hate yourself for not listening to me because your hand is going to be crazy messy. So, use a spoon, or be a giant tool. The choice is yours.

Sometimes I will even lay another piece of parchment over the top and then use a heavy cast iron skillet or another baking pan to press and compact it down further.
4) Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and bring to room temperature.  Then refrigerate for at least four hours.
5) Remove the homemade granola bars from the pan using the edges of the parchment. Cut into small squares.  SMALL being the key word here.  These are nutrient and calorie dense and you only need a small serving.  Trust.

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Variations on Homemade Granola Bars

  • Use dried fruit and/or more nuts instead of chocolate chips.
  • A reader named Susie told me she used Nutella instead of peanut butter. OMG, yum!
  • Try brown rice syrup instead of the honey and maple syrup.
  • Can’t use coconut oil? Try another mild tasting oil like walnut.
  • Try adding chia, flax, sunflower, or pumpkin seeds in the mix!
  • Use your favorite nut butter in place of the peanut butter if desired. You may need to add a pinch more coconut oil if your preferred nut butter doesn’t have the same consistency as peanut butter.
    • Use soy nut or sunflower seed butter if you have peanut or tree nut intolerances.

Eat these as a snack, or rock your mind and your taste buds and crumble it over the top of fresh fruit and Easy Instant Pot Yogurt.  Holler!

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I’m gonna guess these homemade granola bars will last for at least two weeks in the fridge, but we’ve never actually tested that theory.

Maybe you’ll be the first! The world needs more trailblazers.

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5 from 3 votes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Bypass the overpriced packaged granola bars at the store and make your own! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars are a delicious and easy real food treat made in your own kitchen.

Course: Baked Goods
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade granola bars
Servings: 24
Calories: 228 kcal
Author: Sarah
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

  2. In a large microwave-proof container, melt the coconut oil until it yields 1/2 cup liquid. Add the peanut butter, honey, and maple syrup, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir to combine.

  3. Add the oatmeal, pecans, and coconut flakes.  Stir to combine. Cool for 10 minutes. Add the chocolate chips, and stir.

  4. Lightly grease a 9x13 glass pan and then add a sheet of parchment paper. Allow for some parchment to hang over the sides of the pan. Work the parchment around with your hands until it sticks to the contours of pan. Press the mixture in using the back of a large metal spoon. 

    Sometimes I will even lay another piece of parchment over the top and then use a heavy cast iron skillet or another baking pan to press and compact it down further.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and bring to room temperature.  Then refrigerate for at least four hours.

  6. Cut into small squares.  SMALL being the key word here.  These are nutrient and calorie dense and you only need a small serving.

Recipe Notes

Loosely adapted from Practical Stewardship.

There will be some crumbs when you're cutting the granola bars. Store cut granola bars in the fridge for best results.

Use your favorite nut butter in place of the peanut butter if desired. You may need to add a pinch more coconut oil if your preferred nut butter doesn't have the same consistency as peanut butter.

Use soy nut or sunflower seed butter if you have peanut or tree nut intolerances.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Potassium 140mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally published in August 2013. It has been updated with reader feedback, a printable recipe, and new photos.

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Easy and Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars are so much better than store-bought! Perfect for both adults and kids, these protein-packed snacks are so delicious. #sustainablecooks #backtoschool #granolabars #peanutbutter #kidsnacks #healthysnacks #backtoschoolsnacks

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38 comments on “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars”

  1. These look crazeamaze. My boyfriend is not a breakfast person, leaving me as the only one in the household that would eat these. What are your thoughts on freezing?

  2. Awesome! My hubby has a “need” for some sort of granola bar type food everyday. I have been trying to find a good, healthy granola bar recipe that the kiddo and I can’t eat (so they last longer for him). We can’t eat oats or peanut butter, so this looks good. Thanks for sharing!

    So is the coconut oil suppose to be the unicorn spit?

    • I hope he loves it!

      The unicorn spit was just a test to see if anyone actually read my titles. You passed!

    • Woohoo! I hope my tests this upcoming term at that easy :0)

      My daughter is obsessed with anything horse related, so, naturally, anything horse related always jumps out at me.

      Of course, coconut oil is pretty magical…

  3. I hope the coconut oil isn’t unicorn spit. I moisturize my face with coconut oil…..

  4. I LOVE this! I just bought like 30 lbs of whole oats from out local WholeShare and this is just what I was looking for:) Thanks….love your blog..as always. btw…do you have trouble keeping it together when you cut it? Other times I’ve tried something like this I end up with granola..which is yummy…but not great for packing lunches.

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  6. These look absolutely AMAZING!! AND good for you. I will have to give them a try, I belong to the same “I love granola club” as you do! Thanks for stopping by The Homesteaders Hop, hope to see you this Sunday.

  7. I’m seriously making these. My kids love granola bars and I hate buying them because there are SOOO many out there, I can never remember from one shopping trip to the next which ones I bought before they liked. This way I can just make my own and tailor it to what they like! Thanks for sharing at From The Farm Blog Hop! Jill @ MamaGing.com

  8. I just made these. Amazeballs.

  9. Loving how open you are. Unicorn spit. Omg i was laughing my butt off.

    Thank you

    tammy c
    tlc33195@gmail.com
    tlcsrandomlife.blogspot.com

  10. Have you ever priced this out?

    • Nope. Everything I use to make it, I buy in bulk, so I’m not sure it would translate well (price wise)to buying items in the store. I mean, I get like 50 lbs of organic oats for $20!

  11. I’ve been searching for the best granola bar and unicorn spit recipe high and low! I think this is the one. Thanks!

  12. I made these last night & they are awesome, but I guess they need to be kept in the fridge all the time? I cut one off this morning & by lunch time it was a pretty sticky mess, still yummy. Any suggestions for keeping them from becoming a big melty mess?

    • Did you bake them or just put them in the fridge? I store them in the fridge, but find they’re not as sticky in my lunch bag if I bake the batch first.

  13. I did bake them but they were still a little tacky after the 30 minutes. I guess I can bake them a little longer. Either way they were killer & I would eat them any way I can get them. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. I do have one question: Do you have to put the coconut oil or coconut flakes in? Can they be substituted for something that isn’t coconut? I am going to a party and I know someone who is specifically allergic to coconut is going to be there. I’d like to make this so everyone can eat it! Otherwise, this sounds wonderful!

  15. I want to make these, but peanut butter is not really my thing. Can i just omit it, or will that affect the recipe too much? Thanks!

  16. We are a huge fan of your granola bar recipe with unicorn spit!!! My family gobbles them up as soon as I make them 🙂

  17. I’m so glad you are updating old posts because I never saw this one before. Looks so yummy and simple ?

  18. Totally making this today. Can’t wait!

  19. Unicorn spit is allowed on Keto, low-fat, low-carb AND low-salt diets.

  20. These are freaking AMAZING! I read the recipe late Saturday afternoon and decided to make them that night. I got it in the oven right before dinner and it smelled so good I wanted to eat them warm out of the oven for dinner. My son smelled it and asked if I was making cookies. I let them cool until Sunday and we enjoyed them for breakfast. Very good – I will be making these again.