Sunday, March 21, 2010

Granola Bars

I made these last week.  I was looking through some old recipes that I had used a couple of years ago and came across this one.  I remembered it being yummy, so thought I'd try it again.  It's not super-healthy, but it definitely has some healthy components.
Here's the original recipe (my changes are noted at the beginning) and some photos of the steps I took...

I used raw honey with bee pollen, extra-virgin olive oil, natural peanut butter (the kind with nothing but peanuts added), evaporated cane juice instead of brown sugar and I used all semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of a mixture of peanut butter chips and semi-sweet chips.  Oh, and I also added some unsweetened coconut.
Peanut Butter Granola Mini Bars


TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup peanut butter chips
1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil and vanilla until blended. Combine the oats, brown sugar and salt; add to the peanut butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chips. (Batter will be sticky.)
Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen. 

Peanut butter, honey, egg, vanilla and oil

Added the evaporated cane juice

Added the oats and Celtic sea salt

I also added some unsweetened coconut

Dumped it all into a 13x9 glass baking dish that I had sprayed with olive oil and lined with a parchment sling

Patted it all down before popping it into the oven

Removed it from the oven and allowed to cool and set

Cut into bars and voila!!


  1. These look outstanding. I would use the Sun Butter instead of peanut butter as my son is allergic to peanuts. I would also use a different chip than the peanut butter chips. Instead of honey I would use agave nectar. I love granola bars.

  2. Risa,
    I'm sure sun butter would work perfectly in these. I was considering using agave, but decided to try the raw honey with bee pollen. I will probably use agave next time. I agree with you about the peanut butter chips. I've never used them in this recipe as I feel that chocolate compliments the peanut butter in the recipe. I have used the Hershey 50% cocoa chips and they were wonderful in these!
    Thanks for the comment :-)


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