These addictive granola bars have a great texture thanks to the addition of crispy rice cereal...but the addition of oatmeal makes them a bit hearty as well. I added 1 tbs. of cinnamon to the mix, but otherwise followed her recipe pretty closely. I used crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth, because that's what was in my cupboard...and I doubled the amount of vanilla she called for. We enjoyed having these crispy granola bars for breakfast with a piece of fruit or yogurt, and they also make a great after-work snack to tide you over until dinner. If you love chocolate and peanut butter paired up, you're going to go nuts for these easy-to-make granola bars.
Peanut Butter Granola Crispy Bars
adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter [NOTE: I used crunchy]
- 1/4 brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups crispy rice cereal
- 1.5 cups oats
- 1 tbs. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Step 1: Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper; set aside. Add the butter, honey, peanut butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until the butter melts, then use a spoon to stir until combined and smooth. Add the vanilla extract.
Step2: Add the crispy rice cereal, oats, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl. Add the reserved peanut butter mixture and stir until the mixture is evenly combined. Press the mixture into the prepared 8x8 pan with a spatula or pristinely clean hands. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips on top of the warm mixture, pressing in slightly with your hands.
Step 3: Refrigerate the pan until the granola mixture is set. This took about 30 minutes in my fridge. Remove the parchment from the pan and use a serrated knife to cut the mixture into 9 bars. I found the mixture to be a bit crumbly, so don't panic if you end up with a few broken bars...they still taste amazing! Store the bars in an airtight plastic container in the fridge.
These granola bars are a snap to make...and they're full of the peanut butter-chocolate taste I love! The texture is light and crispy, and I love that I controlled exactly what went into them. Because of the fiber-rich oatmeal and protein packed peanut butter, these granola bars kept me full all morning long. I paired them with a banana or a small container of Greek yogurt for a perfect at-my-desk breakfast.
I hope you'll give these amazing granola bars a try very soon...and I hope you'll check out the rest of the amazing recipes that my fellow Secret Recipe Club participants are sharing today.