{no-bake double chocolate peanut butter granola bars}

by Cait on June 11, 2013

Granola bars are my afternoon snack go-to most days.  I get a little carb from the grain (usually oats), a little protein and fat from the nut butter and a little sweetness from dried fruit or chocolate.

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It’s often just what I need to carry me through until dinner.  While I definitely have my favorite store-bought brands (Luna, Clif and Odwalla are some of my favorites), I’ve been making my own lately.  I’ll throw together a batch on Sunday to have for the week and I love that I don’t have to think about it again until the next Sunday.

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It’s also nice knowing exactly what I put in there and being able to control the different flavors and tastes to my liking.  I especially love these because they’re ‘no-bake’ – which means after a quick combination of ingredients, I just pop them in a pan lined with parchment paper and let them do their thing.

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A time AND a money saver – it really doesn’t get much easier than that!

{no-bake double chocolate peanut butter granola bars}

makes: 8-10 bars depending on how big you cut them

ingredients:

  • 2 cup oats (I used quick-cooking but old fashioned would work well too)
  • 2/3 cup honey 
  • 1 cup natural dark chocolate peanut butter (I used smooth but crunchy would be great as well!) 
  • 1/2 cup cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate or white chocolate – whatever you like!) 
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts

directions:

  1. add all ingredients into a bowl, mix together well 
  2. line a loaf pan with parchment paper (or a brownie or a cake pan if you want thinner bars) and press dough evenly into pan then place in the fridge for about an hour or two.
  3. after storing in the fridge, slice into squares.
  4. store in the fridge and take with you as needed for a perfect on-the-go snack!
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