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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