If you grew up eating Quaker Chewy bars like me, you are going to LOVE these granola bars. They are the perfect snack - a little bit of peanut butter and honey/maple syrup to hold them together, loaded with chocolate chips, and completed with a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom. They're addicting.
Growing up, I loved a biiiiiig breakfast, and my snack throughout the day was a granola bar just like this one. Now, I really can't even fathom eating a big meal in the morning, so I will just grab one of these peanut butter chocolate granola bars. Whether you are a big breakfast kind of person or not, you will love these.
Ingredients for Granola Bars
What's great about these granola bars is that they require little ingredients, most of which you probably already have in the pantry. You will need:
- Old fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats: quick cooking oats are thinner and therefore may be a little less chewy. Either works, it really just depends on preference!
- Peanut butter: all natural peanut butter works best! I like using creamy, but crunchy peanut butter adds a great texture as well!
- Honey/maple syrup: we use either honey or maple syrup to hold the ingredients together. They also add some sweetness, but the real sweetness comes from the chocolate!
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips I like using mini!
- Good quality chocolate of choice: I like using semi-sweet chocolate for melting - this will be for the chocolate layer on the bottom of the granola bars.
- Vegetable oil, or another neutral oil
Things to note
- This recipe does not include that much honey/maple syrup because the chocolate sweetens up these bars immensely. The honey/maple syrup is mostly used to hold the oats together.
- Use either old fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats for these! Quick cooking oats are thinner and may be a bit less chewy. Either works, it really just depends on preference! I used old fashioned rolled oats here.
- If you are allergic to nuts, you can substitute a nut-friendly equivalent, like sunflower seed butter!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- 2 ½ cups (210 grams) old fashioned or quick cooking oats
- 1 cup (260 grams) peanut butter all-natural peanut butter works best! Creamy or chunky works.
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup (90 grams) chocolate chips I like mini!
- 8 oz good quality chocolate of choice for melting
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or another neutral oil
- Line a 9x9 or 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper making sure there is overhang on at least two sides. This will make it easier to remove the bars.
- Combine the peanut butter, honey/maple syrup and vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Add the oats and mix until fully incorporated, then add the chocolate chips and fold until combined.
- Evenly pack the mixture into the bottom of your pan. Use another piece of parchment paper to pack it in and flatten it out so your hands don't get all sticky. Set the pan aside.
- Either over the stove or in the microwave in thirty second increments, melt the chocolate and oil together, stirring occasionally so the chocolate doesn't seize up. The oil will give the chocolate that smooth, shiny look.
- Once completely melted, pour the chocolate over the bars and gently move the pan around so you get one smooth, even layer of chocolate. Place the pan in the fridge or freezer until the chocolate has completely set.
- Once the chocolate has completely set, remove the pan from the fridge/freezer and use the parchment paper overhang to gently lift them out of the pan. Carefully flip them over onto a cutting board and remove the parchment paper. Slice the bars and enjoy! Store them in the fridge or freezer.
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