Peanutty Granola Bars that are so easy to make and taste just like the real deal. One of the best snacks you can prepare at home!
I hope you’re in the mood for some peanut buttery goodness today. Because the granola bars you see here are all about putting the spotlight on that dreamy little nut. There are peanut butter chips, whole peanuts and loads of creamy peanut butter hiding in them. Plus, they’re dipped and drizzled with even more peanut butter. If you are not the biggest pb fan, I am truly sorry. I’ll make it up to you soon!
For those of us that are huge fans of that amazing nut butter, you are in for the best granola bars you’ve ever tasted. And the best thing is that you can whip up a batch in the comfort of your own home with just a couple of ingredients in a matter of minutes.
Dipped Peanut Granola Bars really are that good.
As a matter of fact, I am enjoying one right now. Once again, I am completely blown away with the texture and consistency. They’re super chewy & soft, but still have the right amount of crunch. It’s a pretty satisfying snack given that it’s just a granola bar. One can totally hold you over in the afternoon until dinnertime rolls around.
I also love the fact that they’re chock-full with peanut butter (of course), and not overly sweet. LOVE.
I actually adapted the recipe from my Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars to make the ones you see here. Just in case I ever get tired of chocolate… just kidding. I never tire of chocolaty treats, but Adam prefers anything but chocolate. He always reaches for granola bars without chocolate or even chocolate chips, which is what gave me the inspiration. I know that this version is definitely his favorite. I, on the other hand, cannot choose. Which basically means I have to eat one of each since I can’t show favoritism ;).
Wishing you all the happiest of Wednesdays.
- 1 cup quick cook oats
- 1 1/2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (honey or brown rice syrup can be substituted)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup lightly salted peanuts, more for sprinkling on top
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter baking chips, divided
- 2 tablespoons coconut, canola or vegetable oil
- Line an 8-x-8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- 1. Pour oats and cereal into a large bowl.
- 2. In a medium saucepan, combine peanut butter and corn syrup. Heat over medium heat and stir until warm and combined, about 5 minutes (this can also be done in the microwave). Remove from the stove, add vanilla and stir to incorporate.
- 3. Pour mixture over the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, stir until fully coated. Add 1/4 cup peanuts and 1/4 cup peanut butter chips.
- 4. Press mixture into the prepared pan. Allow bars to set for 2-3 hours (I usually prepare mine the night before and let them sit overnight and cut them in the morning) before cutting into 10 bars.
- 5. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt remaining peanut butter chips and oil in a heatproof bowl in the microwave (in 30 second increments). Mixture should be somewhat runny. If too thick, stir in additional oil. Dip the bottom half of each granola bar into the melted peanut butter mixture and place on the lined baking sheet. Transfer the remaining peanut butter mixture into a small ziptop bag, cut off one corner and pipe peanut butter over each granola bar, if desired. Press additional peanut butter chips and peanuts into the tops (I cut a small handful of peanuts into small pieces). Once peanut butter is set, wrap each bar in clear wrap and store in an airtight bag.