Yesterday I made the most delicious granola bars for Rich to celebrate our three-year anniversary 🙂 I usually include some sort of yummy cupcake or cookie with his gifts, but I figured I would try to make something a little bit on the healthier side this time.
Peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars.
- 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup of rice crisps cereal
- 3 table spoons of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter (I used natural)
- a little over 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- sprinkle of sea salt
- 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
First, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Then cover a baking sheet with tin foil and spread the oats evenly throughout. Toast the oats in the oven for 4-6 minutes until they are golden. Remove oats to let them cool.
Heat the coconut oil, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir. Once everything is melted and mixed remove the pan from the heat and add in the crunchy peanut butter. Keep stirring until the peanut butter is mixed in completely.
Combine the oats and the rice crisps in a bowl and stir in the liquid mixture. Keep stirring until the oats and crisps are all evenly coated.
Once the mixture cools, stir in the chocolate chips.
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and then pour the mixture into the pan. Press the mixture down firmly with another piece of parchment paper. Store in the fridge until it’s firm (about 45 min-1.5 hours).
Finally, remove the granola bar mixture from the fridge and cut into bars. I wrapped each bar in plastic wrap and stored them all in a large mason jar. They should stay good for about a week (but I don’t think they will last that long!)
So these bars are relatively healthy and soo yummy! The worst ingredients are the brown sugar, rice crisps, and chocolate chips. But they are very sweet, so there is definitely room to eliminate some of the sugar. My next mission is to make an even healthier version of these…maybe with flax seeds, nuts, raisins, and less sugar. So stayed tuned for more granola bar recipes to come!
Do you guys have a favorite granola bar recipe? Post a comment below.