{chewy no-bake peanut butter dark chocolate granola bars}

by Cait on January 9, 2013

You know how sometimes when you get that afternoon snack craving it feels like absolutely nothing will work but carbs and chocolate?

Usually when that’s the case for me, my go-to is to grab some form of an energy bar.

Luna. Clif. Kashi.

Any of those will do so long as it contains oats, nuts and chocolate.

The only problem with that, is at sometimes over $2 a pop, it can add up. So I decided to make my own!

Granolabars

Chewy, no-bake peanut butter dark chocolate granola bars. Not only are these way cheaper, but they’re just about as easy [I might even argue easier] as running into the store to buy one.

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I love not only how few steps there are in this recipe, but also how few [though powerful] ingredients there are.

Oats.

Dark Chocolate.

Peanut butter.

Peanuts.

Honey.

Chia seeds.

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Hard to beat. VERY hard to beat.

Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Granola Bars (bar base from howsweeteats)

Makes 12 squares

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 – 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • Package of dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Combine oats through peanut butter in a large bowl and mix until well combined
  3. Press combined ingredients into prepared pan and put in the the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes [I did mine overnight]
  4. Heat package of dark chocolate chips on the stovetop in a small pot until just melted; stirring vigorously the entire time, being careful not to burn the chocolate
  5. Immediately pour chocolate over cooled, set bar base then place back into the fridge to allow the chocolate to set [again, I did this overnight]
  6. Once cooled, slice into 12 squares then wrap individually with plastic wrap

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren January 9, 2013

These look fabulous! So simple but delicious!

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Cait January 9, 2013

They’re SO good and the ease of how quickly they come together is just an added bonus :)

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 9, 2013

These look perfect! I hate how expensive all the other bars are. I really prefer makin my own too. Besides, there are no hidden ingredients in them when you make them at home!

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Cait January 9, 2013

Exactly! I think that’s probably my favorite part about these – easy, simple ingredients! Well that and they taste flippin’ delicious :)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 9, 2013

So easy – love it!

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Cait January 9, 2013

:) Definitely worth making!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 9, 2013

these sound amazing and sooo sticking easy!!! I will be making these!!

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Cait January 9, 2013

Yay! Let me know what you think!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 16, 2013

I did not add enough of something because a decent amount of them crumbled apart! I even did a cup less of oats! Oh well they were tasty non the less and I used a chocolate orange (because thats what I had) instead of dark chocolate which was tasty as well!

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Cait January 16, 2013

Gah really!? I’m so sorry to hear it! :(. Glad that they were still tasty though – chocolate orange sounds delicious!!

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Carly @ Snack Therapy January 9, 2013

Yum! Slather chocolate on top of just about anything and I’m game.

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Cait January 9, 2013

Haha right?? I’m the same way.

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Katie January 9, 2013

This is my kind of snack! I always feel like whipping something up is easier than at trip to the store, too. Especially when they turn out as good as these look!

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Cait January 9, 2013

OF COURSE we’re on the same page with that. You have to make these and have Adrienne test them so I can know if they’re really as good as I think they are :) I miss you friend! I need to find a way to get myself to CO for a visit!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 9, 2013

I’d take these over a store bought bar any day! I’m doing an adventure race next weekend and may take these with! Do you think they’ll hold up for 8 hours of craziness?

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Cait January 9, 2013

Hmm – that’s a good question. They hold together pretty well, but I’m also not running through mud with them when I eat them so that might not be true if that’s the case…haha.

I think I’d put the chocolate chips directly into the bar rather than coat them because there’d be less melting that way. And I’d maybe bake them for a bit to get that honey to act more like a glue so they have a better chance of staying together.

If you try it, let me know how they hold up and any tweaks you make!

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Erica January 9, 2013

Those look REALLY good. I’m usually not a no bake fan, but I think I have to try these!!

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Cait January 9, 2013

They’re probably the best no-bake bar I’ve ever had! If you try them, let me know how to measure up for ya! :)

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Allison @ Life's a Bowl January 9, 2013

LOVE these! I always reach for a Cliff Mojo or a Luna Bar for an afternoon pick-me-up but I would happily have one of these… Pinning and planning to make these soon :D

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Cait January 9, 2013

Yay! Let me know how you like them – I’m hoovering my way through this batch, so I hope they’re as much as a hit with you!

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Amy @Macncheesenpeas January 9, 2013

yummmmm! so easy and so few ingredients, my kinda recipe!

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Cait January 9, 2013
Rachel January 9, 2013

I love how little ingredients it takes!

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Cait January 9, 2013

Same here – by far my favorite part about it!

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Heather (Where's the Beach) January 9, 2013

These looks fantastic. So easy to make too. Perfect treat and perfect treat to share with friends.

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Cait January 9, 2013

…or in my case, to polish off yourself before you even get the chance to share!! ;)

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 9, 2013

Those look GREAT!

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Cait January 9, 2013

Thanks! They really did turn out delicious :)

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lena January 9, 2013

looks absolutely yummy and definitely gives those bars a run for their money, I am so going to try making them! thanks for sharing!!! ((:

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Cait January 9, 2013

Yay!! You’re so welcome – let me know what you think if you do!

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Cindy January 9, 2013

Maybe I didn’t read carefully, but just to be sure: the honey and chia seeds go in with the peanut butter? Thank you!

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Cait January 10, 2013

Yup! I literally threw everything into the bowl together then mixed well to combine and thoroughly coat the oats with the honey and peanut butter :)

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Julia | JuliasAlbum.com January 10, 2013

So yum! I need to make these!!!

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Cait January 10, 2013

Let me know what you think if you do! :)

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Bek @ Crave January 11, 2013

Um yum these look awesome!

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Cait January 11, 2013

Haha – they were!!

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Shannon ~ My Place In The Race January 11, 2013

I just love seeing your pictures. They are always so good!

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Cait January 11, 2013

Aw thank you so much Shannon!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 11, 2013

Mmm…these bars look chewy, chocolatey, and just plain satisfying! I’d love to try making a batch for grab-n-go breakfasts!

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Cait January 11, 2013

I think that’s a brilliant idea!

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Kaitlyn January 11, 2013

well these just look like a healthy & energizing version of my favorite 7-layer bars. i think this recipe is a keeper. thanks for sharing!

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Cait January 12, 2013

My pleasure! And mmm – LOVE 7 layer bars. I bet this recipe would be great with some coconut flakes!

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