Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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Easy no-bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars to make snack time more delicious. These homemade granola bars are perfect for peanut butter lovers!

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

When it comes to on-the-go snacking, granola bars are the obvious choice. Tucked into lunch boxes, packed into purses or hiking backpacks, you can never go wrong with a granola bar. 

A granola bar can save the day when you’re out and about with young kids and blood sugar levels drop.

Easy to transport and kid-friendly, these peanut butter granola bars are some of the best homemade granola bars I’ve tasted. 

Best of all, they don’t require any time at all in the oven! 

This recipe is for a simple no-frills peanut butter granola bar. The peanut-y flavor gets the spotlight and I love them just as is. That said, this recipe is an ideal canvas for adding your own favorite mix-ins.

One favorite variation in my house is to add a handful of chocolate chips to the batter! Dried cranberries, raisins, apples and white chocolate would be other tasty additions. Feel free to get creative with this recipe to create your dream peanut butter granola bar.

If you love peanut butter (or your kids do), you’re going to go nuts for this granola bar recipe. If you can excuse my pun.

After you try this recipe for Peanut Butter Granola Bars, you might also want to make these Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and these Peanut Butter Protein Bars.

How do you make granola bars?

To make these granola bars, I started by toasting quick cooking oats in the oven for about 3 minutes. This step is 100% optional. Toasting does add a nutty flavor to the oats that I really like but if you’re short on time, feel free to skip it.

STEP 1. Combine oats, puffed rice and a blend of nuts and seeds in a bowl.

STEP 2. Microwave peanut butter and honey together in a bowl to soften, then add cinnamon and mix well. Pour this blend over the oat mixture and stir, adding peanut butter chips or other mix-ins if desired.

STEP 3. Press the granola bar mixture into a prepared pan and chill for at least one hour or, preferably, over night.

When the bars are set, slice into bars and serve or store!

Tips and Tricks

  • If you do not have quick cooking oats, you can sub old fashioned rolled oats. Just be sure to not skip the toasting step! Quick cooking oats are more finely processed allowing us to skip the baking step in these bars. Granola bars made with regular rolled oats will also have a bit of a tougher texture.
  • No puffed rice available? No worries! Rice Krispie cereal tastes great as a substitute for the puffed rice and I’ve also had success substituting shredded coconut or more oats. Like I said, this recipe is forgiving and adaptable!
  • The peanut butter chips are optional here as well. If you want to make a version without any added sugars, feel free to omit them.

What kind of nuts can I use in granola bars?

Any combination you like of nuts and seeds will work in this granola bar recipe.

I used a blend of peanuts , pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds when I made them this time.

How to Store Granola Bars

You can cut your homemade granola bars into whatever size you like; from monster bars for the constantly hungry folks in your family to bite sized pieces perfect for appeasing toddlers.

If I’m taking these bars to an event where they’ll be eaten right away, I cut them into even rectangles and serve them straight out of container.

For those times when I’m making granola bars for a road trip or to pack in a backpack or purse, I like to wrap them up individually in plastic wrap or a Ziploc bag. This makes it extra easy to grab and go!

Store your granola bars sealed in a cool dry place and they’ll keep well for about 5 days.

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Peanut Butter Granola Bars

4.67 from 3 votes
By: Aimee
Easy no bake Peanut Butter Granola Bar recipe!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 bars

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups quick cook oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice I used millet
  • ½ cup nuts I used a combo of peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips optional
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Instructions 

  • Spread oats on a cookie sheet and bake in 325 degree oven for 2-3 minutes. This step is OPTIONAL.
  • Line a 9-inch square dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine toasted oats, puffed rice and nuts/seeds.
  • Place peanut butter and honey in a glass bowl. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave to soften for easier mixing.
  • Add cinnamon and mix until combined.
  • Pour cinnamon peanut butter over dried oats mixture. Stir just until combined. Fold in peanut butter chips if desired.
  • Press into prepared pan. Refrigerate for one hour. Overnight is best.
  • Remove from pan by lifting the parchment paper. Cut into bars. Store for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Notes

  • Can I use rolled or old fashioned oats?
    Yes, but the bars will be a bit tougher. The quick oats are more processed so they don’t need to be cooked first in this recipe
  • Do I have to toast the oats?
    No, this step is optional. Toasting the oats adds delicious flavor. If you do choose to use old fashioned oats, do not skip this step.
  • What can I use instead of puffed rice?
    Shredded coconut or more oats is an option, or use Rice Krispies cereal!
  • What kind of peanut butter is best?
    Creamy works best, any style will work for this recipe!

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 133mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 19g
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
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Sweet and nutty homemade peanut butter granola bars are a healthy homemade treat the whole family loves!

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Posted on February 14, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’ve made granolas but never granola bars! Will try to do this sometime next month. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

  2. I love homemade granola bars, and peanut butter are always my favorite! I might even mix in a few mini chocolate chips to make a choco-pb flavor. Your pictures look fantastic!

  3. An all peanut butter granola bar that is ready in minutes? Yup that sounds perfect!!! I love the extra peanut butter drizzle going in these too!!!

  4. I love homemade granola bars! For a while I was making them all the time, but I got out of the habit. I need to start making them again… this version sounds amazing!

  5. Like you daughter, I love peanut butter!!!! Can’t wait to try these!! I always feel like my granola bars need chocolate chips, but I think I’m wrong!

  6. aimee! i am a total fool for everything peanut butter-y and granola-y. these have my name written all over them. honey, pb, granola, butter, brown sugar – where can you go wrong?!

  7. The internet is telling me to make granola bars. I think I need to oblige…and they need to be peanut butter…

    1. Well, when the internet tells you to do something I think you should listen. Imagine the backlash it could bring upon you. Just sayin!

  8. Aimee, granola bars have been on my to do list. These sound so good, the kids will think they’re eating a candy bar!

  9. Love those pictures! Granola bars are on my list to try to tackle in 2013, so thank you for the great inspiration!

    1. So easy to make Jess! I whipped these up one morning while my girls were eating breakfast. By the time they were done eating a getting dressed they were ready to pack in their lunches!

  10. WOW!!!! Those look absolutely A-mazing, Aimee! I’m always inspired by your posts! … thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground 🙂

  11. I love nobake granola bars, especially those with PB! And yours look incredible! They woldnt last around here!

    BTW, do you love-love the Oatmeal Cream Pies? Ive been looking for a tried and true recipe & am curious b/c you say you dont really like OCPs but you like those. Do tell!

    1. I do LOVE the OCP on my blog. Both the regular and chocolate! My kids go nuts over them when I make them. And my husband, who is a Little Debbie OCP snob, thinks these are the bomb. Hope that helps, hehe!!!

      1. Which ones do you like better the football choc ones or the originals?

        Also do you think butter flavored crisco is necessary for the filling? I only have regular & would have to buy it just for these…may be worth it though if they’re that good. I am an OCP Nut!!! 🙂

        1. I love the chocolate footballs personally 🙂 My kids like the original ones the best (because they are just like Little Debbie). I think the butter Crisco DEFINITELY is worth using in this recipe! It keeps them from being flat, but still gives a good buttery flavor! ENJOY!!!

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