I love having these granola bars around. Making them at home means I know exactly what’s in them, and I feel better knowing my kids are getting a nutritious snack. Plus, they have chocolate and peanut butter, my favorite flavor shidduch.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars
- Cooking and Prep: 50 m
- Serves: 16
Prepare the Bars
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8- x 8-inch baking pan with Gefen Easy Baking Parchment Paper.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, peanuts, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the honey, coconut oil, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.
Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately cut into two-inch squares. Allow to cool completely, since the bars firm up as they cool.
To help the bars hold their shape, store in the refrigerator for up to five days.
If you're packing these bars in a school lunch, leave out the peanuts and substitute sunflower butter for a nut-free treat (or even almond butter, if your school is just peanut-free).
An 8- x 8-inch pan yields thick squares. For a longer, flatter granola bar, use a 9- x 13-inch pan and reduce baking time by five to seven minutes.
Replies:Yes, you can use any oil you would like.