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peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars

hi friends!  growing up i was obsessed with nature valley peanut butter granola bars.  you know the ones? peanut buttery, flaky goodness.  so i set out to create a healthy, non-processed version.  and it took me four go-rounds to get a recipe i'm in love with.  but let me tell you, even the practice rounds were all scarfed down in a matter of days.  these are such a perfect snack to get you by until your next meal, i cannot tell you enough how much of a staple they've become in our house!  hope you love as much as i do.  xx- sarah {more after the jump}



2 cups of oats

3 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)

3 tablespoons chopped tamari almonds (optional)

3/4 cup all natural, unsalted peanut butter

1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (more is more here, so add extra if you're looking for a sweet treat!)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon sea salt



- preheat oven to 350 degrees

- thoroughly combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl

- spread mixture into a lightly greased 7x9" pan, press down firmly with a fork 

- bake for 30 minutes 

- let cool and then pop in the fridge to harden/store 

* the reason i re-made these 4 times is because i was playing around with the amount of maple syrup required to make them stay together.  1/4 cup makes crumbly bars with a consistency i prefer, but if you want to take these traveling with you or prefer a less crumbly bar, increase the amount of maple syrup all the way up to 3/4 cup! and feel free to play around with the additions, raisins could replace chocolate chips for an even healthier snack! 

Reader Comments (16)

yum! this is delicious looking
kw, ladies in navy

05/10/13 | 11:2 AM | Unregistered Commenterkelsey

So simple but so delicious!


05/10/13 | 1:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterNancy

These look delicious!

05/10/13 | 2:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

these look sooooo good! and i've got your apricot bars in the oven as we speak! my second time makin' em. love!

05/10/13 | 4:1 PM | Unregistered Commentercatherine

Made these yesterday. As good as they look! 10/10

05/11/13 | 3:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterD I X O N

Made these today, and they were yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

05/11/13 | 4:3 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

These look delicious and perfect for snacking on a hike! Do you think they would last a few days in the fridge if I make them ahead of time?

05/12/13 | 7:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterJanet

hi janet! yes, they'll definitely last in the fridge for a few days (although since it's a small batch ours never do, we eat them up in 2 days!)
i might be weary of bringing them on a hot hike though, they might melt a little if they get too warm. :)
good luck!

05/12/13 | 9:27 AM | Registered Commentersarah yates

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