{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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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica June 11, 2013

I’m a HUGE bar fan. I make a batch pretty much every week as well. They make a great breakfast or snack. These look delicious

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Cait June 11, 2013

Can’t beat ‘em – makes it so simple when you always have a healthy choice on hand! :)

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Kelsey June 11, 2013

These look so good! What kind of chocolate peanut butter do you use?

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Cait June 11, 2013

I used some that I bought at Earth Fare (which is a natural food store in the area) – they make it fresh from ground peanuts and dark cocoa… but you could always use nutella or even make your own!

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Lindsey June 11, 2013

Yum! I just pinned these so I remember to make them, thanks for sharing.

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Cait June 11, 2013

Yay! Let me know what you think if you try them!

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kristen @ verbs and vignettes June 11, 2013

:-o no bake?! and pb + chocolate in a granola bar?! i think i’m already in love. i haven’t made anything like this… maybe ever. but definitely in way too long. thanks for sharing!

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Cait June 11, 2013

Of course! I hope you give them a whirl – they’re delicious and SO easy! :)

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Olivia @ Liv Lives Life June 11, 2013

These look great!
I’ve become a huge fan of making my own granola/energy bars. They’re so much cheaper, and like you said, you can control exactly what goes into them.

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Cait June 11, 2013

Exactly!! You really can’t beat it – especially when they’re so easy!

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Katie June 11, 2013

Oooh these look amazing. I’ve been on the hunt for quick snacks we can pack for the park/pool this summer. These would be perfect!

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Cait June 11, 2013

Definitely make these! Though they do melt (not super quickly or anything, but just after a while) so make sure they’re refrigerated (or maybe even frozen?) beforehand depending on how long they’ll sit in a bag in the sun :)

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lindsay June 12, 2013

i bet dark chocolate almond butter or nuttzo would be good too! I really love no bake when it’s 100F here already. sheesh!

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Cait June 12, 2013

Oh I love that idea!! That might need to be my next variation! And totally – nothing like summer in Austin to get you on the ‘no-bake’ bandwagon!

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 12, 2013

You had me at “no bake”! These are definitely going to be made here this summer! They sound and look perfect!

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Cait June 12, 2013

Yay! I hope the boys enjoy them! :)

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char eats greens June 12, 2013

Wow those are SO easy to make and sound amazing!!! I love stuff like this!! Thanks for the recipe…seriously trying that out!!

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Cait June 12, 2013

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

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Nancy October 18, 2013

I started to make these this summer when it was too hot to bake. Now I have to make a single or double batch every 7-10 days. I scoop them with my small cookie scoop. Have made them with regular peanut butter, raisins, dried cherries, chopped toasted almonds, ground flax seed. Sometimes I add cocoa to them if I don’t have the chocolate peanut butter. They have all been great.

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Cait October 22, 2013

I’m so glad to hear it! I’m hard pressed to go a week without making a batch of them – they’re just the perfect snack! I definitely need to get more creative with my add-ins…some of yours sound so good!

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Cassie July 30, 2014

Any nutritional. Info for these bars? Also what size dish do you use?

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Cait July 30, 2014

I used a small loaf pan (10″ x 5″) lined with parchment paper (as shown in the pictures) but you could use an 8″ x 8″ pan and make them thinner. Really all you need is something to mold them so whatever you have on hand would work, it would just mean it adjusts the calories.

I purposely made them thicker and cut them on the bigger side because I required a larger afternoon snack at the time since I wasn’t getting back from school until well into the evening. The way I have them here serves up about 380 calories per bar but I would recommend cutting these in half or laying them out slightly thinner than shown here for a regular everyday afternoon snack.

hope that helps!

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