I am eating one of these cute granola bars right now so I can describe it to you. (The things I do for you!) These are:
Subtly peanut butter-y
Just the right amount of sweet and salty.
Soft. Not so chewy it makes your jaw hurt.
Not crumbling into pieces when I pick it up off the table.
Now I definitely want to eat another, but I have to save some for our hiking snacks for tomorrow.
That’s right. That’s why I made these. For tomorrow. Not for right this minute.
Sure, there are tons of granola bar recipes out there, but I feel like I perfected this one to not be super high calorie or sugary, and I made it using only common ingredients (no brown rice syrup or coconut butter and stuff).
Wrap the cuties individually and you have homemade Chewy Bars (but with 7 ingredients instead of 27) that make great snacks to pack on trips, school lunches, hikes, picnics, etc.
If you’re a stickler about chocolate chips having refined sugar in them, just skip them! They are delicious without! Or cacao nibs (nature’s dark chocolate chips) would also probably be delicious…(if only they’d fit in my grocery budget I’d try them for you!)
Soft, sweet and light. You'll love these healthy snacks!
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups rice crispy cereal (puffed brown rice)
- 3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)
Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper. I cut slits in the four corners to help it fit down in.
In a blender or food processor, grind oats roughly until a coarse flour. This helps the granola bars hold together better than if using whole oats. Put ground oats in a mixing bowl with rice crispy cereal and shredded coconut.
In a small saucepan, heat peanut butter and honey over medium heat, and stir together. Once melted and bubbly, remove from heat. Add vanilla and salt and stir well. (You could also microwave in 30 second increments for the same effect.)
Pour heated peanut butter mixture over oats and rice crispies. Stir until well-coated.
Press into prepared pan. Use wet hands to prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands. Press as firmly as possible. Press chocolate chips into the top.
Let chill in fridge or freezer at least 15 minutes before cutting into bars. Store in fridge.