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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.

Quick head’s up: if you’re looking for an oat-free version of this kind of bar, check out my Trail Mix Bars! They are truly a no-bake granola bar.

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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One serving of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars has 10 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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5 from 3 votes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Cooling time
15 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
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*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* 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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39 comments on “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bars”

  1. I have printed SO many of your recipes. You are right up my alley. 🙂
    I have so many jars of just regular peanut butter. Would that be OK in this recipe? How about the maple syrup? Any reason, besides that it’s healthier, to use pure? I’d just like to use what I have on hand. Thank you!