This is my first attempt at making granola bars. Did pretty good, if I say so myself. Considering I typically eat a granola bar every day, I thought maybe I should make a homemade version where I KNOW what goes in it.
This is sweet AND salty. It consists of mainly peanut butter, of course, chopped peanuts, Rice Krispies Cereal and oats. I threw in a little bit of honey and brown sugar. And for the oil, I used coconut oil. I know what you’re thinking….mmmmmm…..right?
I think next time I will throw almonds in the mix. What would you add differently?
Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Crunchy, sweet and salty peanut butter granola bars with a hint of honey.
Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9x13 glass dish with parchment paper.
Combine oats, Rice Krispies, peanut, salt & baking soda in a medium size bowl.
In microwavable safe bowl, mix honey, 1/2 cup of peanut butter and coconut oil for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir.
Add vanilla & brown sugar to peanut butter mix. Stir to combine.
Mix dry and wet ingredients. Transfer to glass dish.
Press mixture down firmly using your hand or the bottom of a cup/glass. Microwave 2 tbsp of peanut butter and drizzle over mixture.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges start to turn slightly brown.
Let granola cool in dish for 10-20 minutes. Then remove from the dish and cut into bars. If the bars start to break apart, allow them to cool a little longer. Place bars on cooling rack to cool completely.
Store granola bars in a sealed container to last longer.