Why settle for ordinary store-bought granola bars when you can make your own scrumptious version? My No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars are snack excellence, bar none!

Packed with the irresistible taste of creamy peanut butter and brimming with nutrition, these bars are perfect for any occasion. Whether your kids gobble them down while doing homework, studying, or before hitting the soccer field, they’re addictively satisfying and totally portable. And hey, they’re not just for little ones—my daughters each have a big stash in their freezer to enjoy with roommates and take to work, and my husband and I can’t get enough of them. Homemade bars are even better than store-bought because you get to control what goes in and what stays out. Plus, they earn extra credit points for being so simple to make (no baking required!). You oat to try ’em—they’ll set the bar pretty high come snack time.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Why settle for ordinary store-bought granola bars when you can make your own scrumptious version? My No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars are snack excellence, bar none! 
Servings: 12 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • cup honey
  • cup natural, no-sugar-added applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup roasted, salted peanuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips, optional

Instructions
 

  • Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on either side for easy removal when the bars are done. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, applesauce and vanilla. Stir with a rubber spatula or spoon until everything is well combined. It will look stringy at first, but will become smooth and velvety with continued mixing.
  • Add in the oats, cinnamon, salt, chopped peanuts and optional chocolate chips and stir until everything is evenly dispersed and you create a stiff batter (you’ll give your arms a bit of a workout).
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan, and using your spatula or spoon, distribute the mixture evenly over the bottom. Then, take an extra piece of parchment paper and place it over the top so you can use your hands or the bottom of a glass or mug to pack the mixture down firmly and evenly.
  • Peel off the top parchment paper, then reposition it loosely over the top and stash the baking pan in the freezer to allow them to firm, at least 1 hour to overnight. When they’re ready to slice, lift the parchment paper (and bars) out of the pan and cut into bars (make one slice down the center and 6 slices across).
  • To store, wrap each bar individually so they don’t stick together and keep in the freezer (they will not freeze, they simply become more firm and remain deliciously chewy!)

Notes

• You can swap the peanut butter with any other creamy nut butter to accommodate allergies or taste preferences (sunflower butter, soy nut butter, cashew, almond, and so on).
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

Nutrition Information per serving

Calories: 215Carbohydrates: 23gProtein: 7gTotal Fat: 12g— Unsaturated Fat: 10g— Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 160mgFiber: 3gTotal Sugar: 10g— Natural Sugar: 2g— Added Sugar: 8g
Nutrition information is calculated using a leading industry software. That being said, brands can vary, and there may be slight fluctuations in the numbers.
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