No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Okay, it’s official. Not only do I have a peanut butter obsession, it seems as though I have a homemade granola bar obsession. Remember when I made these for you last week? Oh, and these the week before that. See, told you. It’s a total obsession.

Heaven Sent Peanut Butter: No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

I think part of the reason why is that I’m in this mode of trying to eliminating processed foods. Granola bars are always such an easy thing to grab and eat for breakfast as you head out the door, or very complimentary to a bagged lunch. When you make your own granola bars, even when you are adding some sugar, I still feel better about it because I know exactly what I am putting in my body. No preservatives and no odd ingredients that I can’t even pronounce–and we study food ingredients in school!

I put together these no-bake granola bars with pretty much anything I had in the house that I thought would go well together. Since I made Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars last week, I still has some puffed wheat cereal left over. Other staples in my house that I usually always have on hand include: ground flaxseed, chocolate chips, oats (old-fashioned and quick), almonds, raisins, and duh–peanut butter! (Except this one time, but we won’t go there again!)

Without further ado…

Heaven Sent Peanut Butter: No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars 

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups, puffed wheat cereal
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or your favorite nut butter

Lightly grease a 13×9 pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, cereal, flaxseed, raisins, and chopped almonds.

Next, in a small sauce pan on medium heat, add the honey and brown sugar. Stir and cook until well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add your peanut butter and stir until melted and well-incorporated.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. It may be a bit tough to mix, but keep going until well combined. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and stir again.

Add the complete mixture to your lightly greased pan. Using wax paper or parchment paper (to save your hands from getting greasy), firmly press the mixture into the pan equally distributing it. You want to be sure to press firmly so the end result is a bar instead of a granola mixture.

Cool the bars for at least 30 minutes, preferably in the refrigerator. Once cooled, cut into bars, approximately 16. To make it easier to add to lunches or for a grab-and-go breakfast, individually wrap the bars into small ziploc bags.

Yum!

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Monday Digs + Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Often times there are products or new things that I feel I just have to share with you. With that being said, I have decided to introduce “Monday Digs”. ‘Digs’ refers to what I am currently obsessed with, or digging. Brought to you today…uh, by me, is my first dig!

Today’s dig needs little introduction beside this someecard:

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Of course I went to Target today with a strict list–the items I knew I couldn’t purchase from Trader Joe’s. I think I deserve a gold star though, because the only thing I bought outside of the list was this:

Heaven Sent Peanut Butter: Angie's Kettle Corn

I almost bought a new coffee maker. But I’ll save that for purchase later this week and it will totally count that I still only strayed from the list for this one item.

My dig this week is Angie’s Kettle Corn…but not just any kettle corn, individual servings (0.5 ounce)! The cute popcorn packages were being advertised for trick or treat, but I quickly grabbed them because I often crave popcorn but cannot keep my portion control in check if I pop a whole bag. These little bags contain only 70 calories, 4 ingredients, are whole grain, free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans-fats, and gluten-free. Plus, they are only 2 WW+ points, if you are counting.

I’m excited to be adding these little packages to my lunch box when I have a long day at school and in need of a fun treat! Speaking of fun treats, these remind me of Clif Mojo bars. My lunch might be packed with both the kettle corn and these granola bars tomorrow. Don’t judge.

Heaven Sent Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Recipe Adapted from: How Sweet It Is

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup puffed wheat (or rice) cereal
  • 1 cup crushed salted pretzels
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13×9 pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, cereal, pretzels, flaxseed, brown sugar, flour, and peanuts. Mix well. Slightly melt the 2/3 cup peanut butter in the microwave and then drizzle onto the mixture. Mix until well combined.

Next, add the melted butter and vanilla. Mix. Add the honey. Mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Press the mixture into the lightly greased pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

Heaven Sent Peanut Butter: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Enjoy!