Mama Nibbles: EASY Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bar Recipe

EASY Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bar Recipe

I published this recipe in March of 2011 but have since revamped it! I hope you will enjoy!

Recently couponing and sale shopping for me some gluten free oatmeal for fifty cents a container. The other night I was staring at all my cheap oatmeal, wondering what I could make with it because I am the only one eating the stuff. It dawned on me, granola bars for the kids! I peeped into the pantry hmmm lots of peanut butter, several boxes of rice crispy cereal and of course my quick oats so it just made sense to make granola bars. I am all about saving money and store bought bars can cost a small fortune with hungry little kids and their friends eating them all up.

I found several recipes online for these but none were what I was looking for. I made my own little recipe and it turned out quite nicely despite my zombie like state of mind. I chose to make peanut butter bars with candy coated chocolates inside, chewy and every bit as yummy as store bought but for pennies on the dollar plus I could add in other healthy ingredients as I wished.

EASY Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bar Recipe

2 cups quick oats
2 1/2 cups rice crispies
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds

>put all in a big bowl

1/2 cup corn syrup (or if you prefer, honey or agave nectar or even some maple syrup)
4 packed Tbsp light brown sugar
2 Tbsp salted butter

>bring to boil over medium heat (boil 1 minute) stirring constantly
>take pan off heat and add next three ingredients

2/3 cup smooth (can use chunky) peanut butter or any kind of nut butter if you wish
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon (just there to enhance the sweet flavor, you barely know it is there)
1 cup of your fave add-in (I used mini M&Ms)

>pour the wet mixture into the big bowl of dry and stir, add the chocolate last so it does not melt
>dump into a foil lined 9x13 pan (OR can use a small jelly roll pan for thinner bars) that has been sprayed very thoroughly and pat down a bit with your hand or the back of a cup
>cool in the fridge until the "glue" sets and then take out, unwrap and cut

1 cup of whatever you wish to mix in!
Mix-in suggestions:
plain M&Ms
dried fruits
your favorite nut roasted or raw
mini marshmallows
golden grahams
chocolate chips
...the sky is the limit!

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