While they may seem like a healthy snack option, the granola bars you buy at the grocery store are typically full of sugar, preservatives, and fillers. Did you know it is super easy to make your own? With just 5 ingredients, this peanut butter granola bars recipe is a snap to throw together. Since each recipe makes 24 bars, we make a batch over the weekend for the kids’ snacks all week long.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup natural, no sugar added peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant!)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Grease a jelly roll pan with butter or coconut oil. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, and honey. Add remaining ingredients until well combined. Press into your prepared pan. You want to press hard to ensure the bars stay together well. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the granola bars are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. With a sharp knife, cut into 24 bars. If you like soft granola bars, you are done. Just allow the bars to cool completely and then remove them from the pan and store in an airtight container.
If you like your granola bars a bit crunchier, allow the bars to cool in the pan until you can comfortably handle them. You are then going to bake them a second time. I remove the bars from a pan and bake them half a batch at a time so that there is space in between the bars. Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 5 minutes. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container.
Makes 24 Peanut Butter Granola Bars
The peanut butter granola bars recipe is fantastic the way it is. However, there are some ingredient choices that will make it even better for you.
- Choose butter from organically raised, pastured cows. Not all butter is equal. I don’t by any means recommend consuming large amounts of butter from cows raised in factory farms. Far from it! However butter from cows that are pastured and allowed to eat what God intended is another story. When cows are allowed to eat their natural diet (grass, not grains) and are allowed to freely roam, the butter produced from their milk has different properties. Pastured butter is higher in a fatty acid called CLA. CLA stands for conjugated linolenic acid. CLA has been shown to have anticancer properties and it may help keep you trim. It should be noted that CLA is virtually non-existent in cows that are grain-fed exclusively. Just one more example of modern production methods totally mucking up a healthy food.
- Some larger grocery have machines where you can grind your own peanut butter. Our Kroger Marketplace has one filled with organic peanuts. Not only is it cheaper than buying organic peanut butter, but it is fresher and you can be assured there is no added oil or sugar. If you are fortunate enough to have a Vitamix blender, you can also make your own peanut butter fresh at home.
- Choose raw, unfiltered honey if you can. Honey typically comes pasteurized and filtered, at the loss of some nutrients. See if you can find a local source. Farmers markets are a great place to look!
- Choose organic on as much of the ingredients as you can to limit pesticide exposure.
So tell me… have you ever made your own granola bars? If you try this peanut butter granola bars recipe, you will have to come back here and let me know how you liked it.