Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Inspired by a recipe found at Taste of Home website
Download pdf Recipe

Granola Bars -- the healthier way!!

 

Granola bars abound in the supermarket, discount and health food stores, and gas stations. They're quick and easy to eat in the car when traveling to our next destination. We eat them without really asking, "Are these contributing to my health?" But....if we stop long enough to look at the list of ingredients, we'll see that they are not so healthy after all. The buzz words on the outside of the package that say "natural" or "wholesome" or "whole grain", mask the many ingredients that do not contribute to our health. For example:

  • sugar - listed as one of the top ingredients

  • high fructose corn syrup

  • natural and artificial flavor

  • soy protein

  • soybean oil

  • salt (refined)

  • caramel color

  • BHT (preservative)

  • .....and the list goes on...

Whenever we make food ourselves, we choose the ingredients! Nothing crazy or artificial added....ever.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Inspired by a recipe found at Taste of Home website

 

Download pdf Recipe

When choosing your ingredients, use home-grown, grass-fed and organic ingredients whenever possible.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats (approximately 150 grams)

½ tsp baking soda

3 TBSP brown sugar or coconut sugar

½ tsp Himalayan pink salt

 

Or 1 cup of your favorite additions.

1/3 cup chocolate chips (mini are nice but regular will also work)

1/3 cup fine coconut, unsweetened

1/3 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds

 

2 TBSP (28 grams) butter or coconut oil, gently heated

1/3 cup (80 grams) peanut butter (plain or crunchy)

¼ cup (80 grams) honey

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly brush a 9x9 pan or better yet, the Pampered Chef Snack Bar Maker, with coconut oil or other oil of choice.

  2. Combine the oats, baking soda, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, coconut & seeds.

  3. Gently heat the fat and add the sweeteners; stir together.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring to mix well. Pat into a 9x9 pan, or if using the Pampered Chef Snack Bar Maker, use the Large Scoop (3 TBSP measure) and fill each well with one level scoop. Press down, filling the bar to the corners. To do this, you can use a butter knife or small serving spatula. If using the Snack Bar Maker, place this on a baking sheet or baking stone and place in the oven.

  5. Bake at 350° for approximately 11-12 minutes, or until the oats start to turn golden.

  6. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a cooling rack. (If bars are baked in a 9x9 pan, they might need to bake a little longer. Score the bars after baking, while still warm. Cool before removing from the pan.)

  7. If you are in a hurry for these to set (we usually are!), then slide the silicone Snack Bar Maker onto the top of the lid (the flat side), and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. This should be long enough to cool and “set the bars,” so that you can press lightly from the underside and “pop” out each bar.

  8. Place on a cooling rack to completely cool before storing in a tight container.

 

 

 

Serving Yield:

12 - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" bars or 9x9 pan, cut as desired.

 

 

 

 

Make healthier snack bars today!

 

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