Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are perfect for a quick snack or an on the go treat. They have just the right amount of crunchiness and are loaded with peanut butter and chocolate chips. Your sweet tooth will love you!
Today marks the first day of summer break for us!! Yay!! I have so many things I’d like to do this summer. Like take my daughter to the library so she can get her own library card, go to some water parks, zoo’s, make tiramisu, make lots of pies, learn how to make no churn ice cream and relax as much as possible.
That looks more like a menu then a fun summer to do list. Oops. What can I say. The food blogger in me knows I have more time in the day, now that I don’t have to be running the kids back and forth to school.
I’ve learned that once these kids go on summer break all rules are off. We stay up way to late, get out of bed way to late, eat what ever junk food we want and do it all over again the next day. It’s a wonderful routine for 2 1/2 months, but I get sick of the kids eating chips, cereal, cookies and other garbage we have in the house.
I do buy the junk food every so often, but I try to make the kids eat the junk in moderation and shove some heathy foods at them whenever possible. I’ve seen tons and tons of granola bars around Pinterest lately and knew that I needed to jump on the granola bar ban wagon. I could eat granola bars by the dozen. I love them. They’re simple to grab and eat and they’re pretty healthy too.
I made some no-bake granola bars before and they were pretty yummy, but they lacked that crunchiness that I wanted. So I tried a baked version and wha-la, they were exactly what I had envisioned. These peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars have the perfect crunchiness, sweetness and are simply amazing. If you’re a peanut butter lover, then these granola bars are your dream come true. Here’s to a happy summer!!
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, rice krispies, salt and baking soda. Mix well to combine.
- In a glass measuring cup or medium glass bowl, add the honey, peanut butter and coconut oil. Place in microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir to combine. Add vanilla extract and brown sugar. Mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Add in chocolate chips and peanut butter chips (if using). Mix well.
- Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and press down hard. I used a large measuring cup to press everything down. Make sure you spray it with some non-stick cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.
- Bake 15-20 minutes, or until granola bars have a nice golden color. Leave them in the pan at least 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- Let cool about 1/2 hour – 1 hour then cup into rectangles or what ever size you wish.
- Store in a dry container with a lid and these will keep up to 1 week.
More granola bars from other friends bloggers:
Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars by Kristine’s Kitchen
Coconut Crispy Balls by Mandy’s Recipe Box
Chewy S’mores Granola Bars by Macaroni and Cheesecake
I’ll be off work for the summer in a few short days, Cyndi, so I also have library and pool plans! But I’m sending the kids to camp. Need some of that “me” time!
These granola bars are my favorite flavor and therefore perfect!
Yay for alone time!! It’s been 2 days and I already need some alone time, hehe. Thanks Mir! 🙂
Hooray for the first day of summer break! I’m sure your kids are so excited! These bars look like the perfect snack to take to all of those fun summer events. I can’t get enough of anything with peanut butter and chocolate, so these look amazing! Pinned! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for the pin and your sweet comments friend! 🙂
Goodness gracious, I LOVE granola bars! I practically live off of these, and I always feel like the homemade version tastes WAY better. Love this recipe, and I love that it’s summer time, too!
Thank you Heather!
PB and chocolate were meant to be! These granola bars a classic and they slice beautifully 🙂
Totally agree Medha! Thanks hun!
Gorgeous granola bars Cyndi! Have a great summer with your kids. We’ll be doing some of the same things at our house, including offering some healthy meals and snacks along with the ice-cream truck treats! Will definitely have to try this.
Thank you Allie!
Yay for summer break! Sounds like you have some fun things planned 🙂
And yay for homemade granola bars! I love them so much. Peanut butter + chocolate is always a good combo.
Yay!! And thank you Ashley! 🙂
Haha your summer plans sound perfect and delicious – just like these granola bars! Love the peanut butter and chocolate combo! They look amazing!
Aww your to sweet Kelly! Thanks!
These granola bars look wonderful Cyndi! I have making no churn ice cream on my summer list too, and zoos. And a whole lot of lazing around and doing not much of anything. It will be glorious! 🙂
Thank you Stacey! Hope you have a wonderful summer too!!
Have a great summer break with your kids Cyndi! The granola bars look awesome and I need to try make them very soon! I haven’t had luck with granola bars so far, but this looks like the perfect recipe! Pinned!
Thanks friend! 🙂
These bars look delicious! Love PB and chocolate. Love the crunchiness!
Your too sweet Jess! Thanks!
I love granola bars! These look so delicious. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter is completely irresistible for me, so I definitely need to try these! Yum! I hope you have a great summer too!!
Thank you Harriet!
Homemade granola bars are the best! These would disappear in a hurry at my house!
Haha thanks Jessica! 🙂
Let’s be brutally honest here. You totally made these for me, right?
Shhh, it’s our secret! 🙂
you can never go wrong with PB & Chocolate! these look delicious Cyndi!
I’m going on vacation next week, but we’re driving. I think I’ll have to make a batch of these to enjoy throughout the trip. We’ll be hiking and these would go perfectly with a day of exercise.
Oooh I hope you have a wonderful vacation Erin!! 🙂
I can see myself snacking on these all day er day 🙂
That’s what I did all day long….:)
Yay for summer days and fun things to do! Nothing wrong with all those food activities 😉 These granola bars look awesome…love the pb and chocolate chip combo!
Thanks Jocelyn!! Yay for lazy days! 🙂
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Hi! I recently tried to make these and they came out really dry (but still super delicious), to the point of crumbling when I tried to cut them- any tips to fix that for next time?
Hi Hannah. I’m sorry they came out dry for you. I would try to bake them a little less or maybe add another 1/2 to 1 tbsp of coconut oil. These granola bars are crunchy bars but shouldn’t crumble when cut. Hope this helps. 🙂