Chocolate Peanut Butter Craisin Granola Bars

by Cait on February 22, 2012

Every afternoon around 3pm I break out my mini pretzel-twist/peanut butter/nutella snack.

It’s become such a habit that I don’t even think that I’m actually HUNGRY, I think I’m just eating it because…well, that’s what I do at 3pm.

So I decided that if I’m going to eat something for no reason other than because it’s what I’m used to doing, then I might as well try to make it a little more interesting.

Homemade granola bars seem to be the only logical solution, am I right?

Right.

I actually saw these first on Glamour way back before I knew about the highly addictive hilarity of Jessica’s blog and bookmarked it…so you can imagine my surprise when I opened up my never-ending-recipes-to-make file on my computer the other day and realized that it was actually Jessica’s recipe!

I (as usual) took some liberties on Jessica’s original recipe, but either way the credit goes to her for these delicious things.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Craisin Granola Bars

makes 12-16 granola squares

* 4 cups rolled oats

* 2 tablespoons chia seeds

* 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts

* 3/4 cup natural peanut butter, melted

* 1/2 cup honey

* Generous handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or any flavor chip you like!)

* Generous handful of Craisins (or any dried fruit you’d like)

Directions: Bake for 20-25 minutes on 325 if you’d like or just pop them in the fridge for an hour and have at it!

I especially love these because they’re a great base that you can then add TONS of variety to! I’d love to add coconuts, almonds, white chocolate chips, raisins, peanut butter chips…the combinations are endless!

If you could make any combination in a granola bar – what would it be?

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Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 22, 2012

Lots of nuts and chocolate!

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Cait February 23, 2012

A girl after my own heart! ;)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 22, 2012

I just made myself some granola bars, too! Well…they are in cookie form, but the idea is the same. lol I get the 3 o’clock munchies, too. Everyday around then I start wanting food like crazy! That and coffee!

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Cait February 23, 2012

Haha – I think you win. Anything in cookie form is always best :)

And yeah, I definitely should’ve mentioned coffee. That’s a constant by my side these days!

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Lindsey February 22, 2012

I love using chopped up dried baby coconut, cranberries, and dark chocolate chips. Love homemade granola bars and can never go back to store bought ones!

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Cait February 23, 2012

That sounds like such an awesome combo. The ONE thing I felt like these were missing was the coconut! I definitely will add it in next time!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 22, 2012

These look so good! I love sweet/salty combos, so I’d make some with pretzels crumbled in them… and chocolate… and almonds… and make a sprinkle of smoked salt on top.

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Cait February 23, 2012

GAH! Adding pretzels is such a good idea! WHY did I not think of that?!?!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 22, 2012

Looks great! I would love figs and chocolate in granola bars :)

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Cait February 23, 2012

Oooh figs! Love that idea!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 22, 2012

These look perfecttt!

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Cait February 23, 2012

:) Thanks Brittany!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com February 22, 2012

This my friend is my kinda bar!! Come to me peanut butter…..oh how sweet!!! I love afternoon healthy treats!!

xxoo

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Cait February 23, 2012

Me too! Much better than the candy/junk that’s so easy to grab for because at least things like this will carry me through til dinner without the sugar crash!

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Katie February 22, 2012

I wish so badly that it was 3pm and these were on a plate in front of me. ALLLL of them.

(also, I do the same thing with dessert every night after dinner…big huge spoonful of almond or peanut butter with chocolate chips. It’s just what I HAVE to do after dinner)

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Cait February 23, 2012

I went through that EXACT same snack phase!! (the peanut butter + chocolate chips).

And I wish it were 3pm too and that these were in front of you and that we were hanging out and eating them!!

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MigraineMe February 22, 2012

white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, raisins, golden raisins, and some peanut butter chips. I would basically put everything in my granola bars! They just look so good! Every day when I look at your photos I don’t have time to actually make the food, but I wish I could just have it electronically shipped to my desk at work…instantly that is, so that I could munch on it while I work!

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Cait February 23, 2012

Hahaha – maybe someday we can invent something to make that happen! (And then we’d both be rich and NEITHER of us would have to be at work! ;) )

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Sophie @ Love Live & Learn February 22, 2012

Those look AMAZING! Seriously though, you are my hero because these are actually possible to make in my limited uni kitchen! Definitely bookmarking this :-)

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Cait February 23, 2012

Haha – I love it! :) Let me know if/when you make them and how you like them!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles February 22, 2012

These look and sound irresistible! YUMMMMM!

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Cait February 23, 2012

:) Definitely worth making, SO simple and such an easy snack!

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Margarita February 22, 2012

Definitely my kind of snack! Delicious!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 22, 2012

Guess what just got added to my never-ending “things to bake” list….? ;)

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Cait February 23, 2012

Hahahaha – I love it. Luckily these are super easy!

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Baking Serendipity February 22, 2012

Homemade granola bars are one of my favorite afternoon snacks. Yours look fantastic!

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Cait February 23, 2012

Thanks! They definitely came out great :)

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CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com February 23, 2012

oh wow these sound delicious! i love sweet and salty combinations so these around right up my alley! currently i am kind of obsessed with Luna peanut honey pretzel bars and feel those are a pretty darn awesome mix! but anything chocolate and peanut butter is an awesome granola bar!

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Cait February 23, 2012

Agreed and throw pretzels in there and you just can’t beat it! ;)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 23, 2012

These sound wonderful, although I think I’d leave out the craisins… Great recipe!

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Cait February 23, 2012

You’re not a Craisins fan!?!?

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed February 23, 2012

dark chocolate and dried cherry for me. yes.please.

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Cait February 23, 2012

I like the way you think :)

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Sally @ sally's baking addiction February 24, 2012

just stumbled upon your blog Cait! these granola bars look divine and i’ve seen them on jessica’s site! my favorite combo would be peanut butter, banana, and dark chocolate! not so healthy anymore haha!

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Cait February 24, 2012

Haha – hey you got fruit in there so I say it’s healthy enough :) Glad you stumbled upon my blog – going to check yours out now!

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