Peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars

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I've had a hankering for a proper granola bar recently and decided to try my hand at making them.  Using some of the ingredients I had around I was able to whip these up very quickly.

This recipe is incredibly simple to make.  Many of the steps are negotiable (like toasting the oats) which will reduce the prep time, but there is a cooling period at the end which takes approximately an hour (unless you get hungry like my coworker and dig in earlier).

This recipe is based loosely off of the Barefoot Contessa and Simple Organized Living.  If you want "healthier" versions than you can add fruit or other nuts and less or no chocolate (although that would be blasphemous).
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Step 1: What you need

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  • 3 Cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup of honey
  • 1/2 Cup of peanut butter (I used Maple peanut butter, but that is because I'm a junky for the stuff)
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 Cup of chocolate chips or more if you please (I accidentally added more...)
  • Other options include dried fruit, dried coconut, banana chips, or anything else your heart desires
  • 9x13 pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Sauce pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • A good mixing spoon
  • Measuring devices

Step 2: Toast the dry ingredients (optional)

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Because I love the taste of toasted almonds, I took the extra time to toast my dry ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Place the oats and sliced almonds (or any other dry items you've added) into a pan.  Bake for approximately 8-11 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

After you remove the tray from the oven, place the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  And lower the oven temperature to 300 F.

Step 3: Mix ingredients together

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Heat a saucepan on the stove and add the peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon together.  Bring the concoction to a boil.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together well until everything is coated evenly.  At this point I added the chocolate chips which were immediately melted into the gooey mixture.

Roessboss11 months ago
Made it! Added a little bit of salt and didn't use almonds. Everyone loved them.
Gosh that sounds good!