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5

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

No-Bake Chewy Gooey Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Snacking is one of my favorite things to do. Sometimes I would rather have a few snacks than an entire meal. I try to make them just as wholesome and healthy as a regular meal would be, but when I snack, I have the option to enjoy a few of my favorites rather than one big dish. A few weeks ago I shared this recipe over on my friend Julie’s blog, This Gal Cooks. In case you didn’t get a chance to check out the recipe, I’m sharing it with you here today. These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars have quickly become a favorite and I’ve made multiple batches of them over the past month or so.

I like my granola bars a little more chewy than crunchy. I love how these bars are just the right amount of chewiness and gooeyness. They are loaded with double peanut flavor and chocolate drizzle topping it all off. A batch lasts at least a week in our house.

No-Bake Chewy Gooey Peanut Butter Granola Bars

No-Bake Chewy Gooey Peanut Butter Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Gooey Peanut Butter Granola Bars No-Bake Chewy Gooey Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Best of all, these granola bars are no-bake and can be made ahead of time. I like to make them over the weekend, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and then eat them during the week.

Yields 8-10 bars

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

10 minPrep Time

2 hr, 10 Cook Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon coconut oil, divided
  • 2 3/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium pot set over low heat, combine the peanut butter, honey, and 1/2 cup coconut oil. Stir until smooth and completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in oats and peanuts. Pour mixture into baking dish, spreading an even layer and pressing down firmly with the back of a spatula. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until cool. Remove from fridge and sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top of the mixture, pressing down lightly with the back of a spoon to set in granola. Return to refrigerator and chill 2 hours or until firm. Slice into small bars and remove from pan.
  3. Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips and one teaspoon coconut oil in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Drizzle melted chocolate over bars and let set. Store granola bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator with wax paper separating the layers.

Notes

*You may also substitute the chocolate chips for a non-dairy alternative.

http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2014/03/05/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-granola-bars/

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

74 Comments

  1. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    First off, gorgeous photos! I love the colors and the styling. So fantastic! Second off, love this recipe! I’ve been dying for granola bars that are easy to make at home. The no-bake appeals to me in so many ways. Can’t wait to make these!

  2. Kelly

    Loved these granola bars when I saw them on Julie’s site too, they look amazing Ashley! These are such perfect snacks to have on hand :)

  3. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    I’m with you! I love snacking throughout the day, and if they weren’t healthy, let’s just say that I wouldn’t be fitting into my current jeans ;). I prefer chewy granola bars, and of course, no baking required is always welcomed! I like to make sure that my snacks have both protein and carbs so these are perfect, Ashley! Thank you! I’m doing my rotation at an eating disorder clinic right now, and I’ve been educating the patients on the importance of well-balanced snacks/meals. This sounds like a perfect snack to introduce to them! (Although it won’t be so well-received..chocolate and peanut butter are the most common fear foods). Hope you have a wonderful week!! xoxo

    • Ashley

      Wow, Min, all of your rotations sound incredibly interesting! This is definitely a good snack option, and can satisfy your sweet tooth without indulging too much. Enjoy the rest of your rotation, it sounds like a great learning experience!

  4. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    One of my favorite granola bars that I can’t get enough of! For some reason I always tend to make these in the Spring and Summer, so seeing this recipe makes me feel like it’s almost Spring! I love adding some crushed up pretzels too! YUM!

  5. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    These would be a perfect snack in my house. My guys love granola bars. These look amazing! I love you photos.

  6. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    OMG that looks amazing. I love no-bake desserts and snacks. So easy and yet still fabulously yummy!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kammie! It is always good to have a few no-bake treats on hand :)

  7. Danae @ reciperunner

    I’m a total snacker myself and like you I would just as well have several different snacks than one big meal, that way I get to eat lots of different things! These no bake granola bars have everything I love in them and no bake is always a plus!

    • Ashley

      That is exactly how I feel, Danae! Especially for lunch, I would rather have a few small things to eat them one big meal. I like the variety :)

  8. Ashley

    I like my granola bars chewy too! And I’m a big snack person – I need healthier options to keep me going in between meals … otherwise I get super cranky : ) haha and no one wants that! These look delicious!

  9. Jennifer @ Deliciously Sprinkled

    I am totally with you, I would rather snack all day than have an entire meal sometimes! And these bars look like a delicious snack! Pinned :)

    • Ashley

      Yay for snacking! Thanks so much for pinning, Jennifer!

  10. Judit & Corina @WineDineDaily

    These granola bars look picture PERFECT Ashley! They look adorable and just the right size. We both like our granola bars chewy too :)
    J+C

  11. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

    What gorgeous photos! I totally want to make a batch of these but I am afraid I might not have a lot of leftover haha.

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    I love snacking too, and these yummy bars seem like the perfect thing to munch on! xx

  13. Joanne

    The more chocolate and peanut butter I can get into my snacks, the better! I love these! No way will we be buying Clif Bars anymore for the.boy to have as breakfast…it’s going to be homemade all the way!

  14. marcie

    I love a great no-bake granola bar, and these look just perfect, Ashley! I love ’em with a gooey chew, also — they’re so much more satisfying that way. :)

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Kelli! Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations :)

    • Ashley

      They are definitely perfect for breakfast! In fact, I try to grab one before my morning workout.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Sarah! I hope that you love them!

    • Ashley

      I linked up. Thanks so much for the invite! And thanks for stopping by, Cindy!

  15. WearEatLove

    This granola bar look delicious! Have to try this one!

    • Ashley

      Thanks! I hope that you get a chance to try them!

  16. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    These granola bars look so scrumptious – granola bars are a huge deal in our house and one of our favorite snacks. Will definitely have to give these a try!

  17. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    These look delicious Ashley! I’m just like you – I would also rather a few snacks over an entire meal! I also shop like that, haha. I could definitely snack on these granola bars all day. I love that this mimics one of my fav store bought granola bars minus all the preservatives and add ins!

  18. Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar

    A healthy snack that involves chocolate and peanut butter? Count me in! These look delicious, I love making granola bars at home. I have to try this recipe soon! Pinned! :)

  19. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    I love a granola bar that’s on the chewy side too and I can’t ever resist chocolate and peanut butter. These look amazing Ashley!

  20. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    I’ve just discovered these kinds of no-bake granola bars, Ashley, and I feel like it’s changed my life! OK, slight exaggeration, but I do really like them. The ones I’ve been making use smooshed dates, but these seem even easier. I love that they have loads of peanut butter in … yum yum! I think I’ll make something like this in time to take to work on Monday! Pinning these!

  21. Lorrie

    Sounds tasty! I love granola, and the no-bake still has been my latest addiction. Have you tried quick cook oats in place of the rolled oats? Since these are no-bake, I am curious what it would do for the texture.
    I’ll definitely put these on my “must try soon” list! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ashley

      I haven’t tried quick cook oats, but I don’t imagine much change in flavor if you used them.

  22. Rachel @ Fairietale Designs

    These look amazing! I’m a chewy granola bar fan as are my girls. Any thoughts on trying them with almond butter (I can’t do peanuts) or sunbutter (so the kids could take them to school)? I know the consistency is a bit different so I’m not sure how they’d set up. Might be worth a try…even if I have to eat them with a spoon I bet they’ll taste delicious!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Rachel! You can try the butter. The key is to store them in the fridge and they should hold up. Although the taste and consistency may be different.

  23. Winnie

    These bars look amazing!!
    I’d love to make them (even today) but I prefer butter or margarine on coconut oil. Should I use the same amount? About 113 grm + 1 tsp

    Thanks

    • Ashley

      Yes, you should probably use the same amount. Although I highly recommend the coconut oil for both consistency and flavor.

  24. Clever Hen

    Peanut butter and chocolate – is there a better combination? These look yummy! and fast to make!

  25. Ashley

    I’ve been looking for a something to substitute for Clif Bars (I’m so addicted and running season is starting soon!) These look like just the ticket!

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Ashley! I hope that you love them!

  26. karen

    hi,
    i ADORE this recipe but we dont have coconut oil here where i live, can i substitute for another oil (veg/sunflower) or even with butter?

    • Ashley

      Yes, you can probably substitute a different oil, but it may affect the taste of the bars depending on what you use.

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  29. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion

    I just came from other blog to see them.. and I love all ingredients, pinned it and I will make them soon!

    • Ashley

      Hi Ilona! Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning. I hope you enjoy the granola bars!

  30. Elaine Skinner

    I made these last week. They were delicious, loved the creamy texture!! My husband and two sons (ten and three) really enjoyed these. Making them again. Great snack to have on hand!

    • Ashley

      I am so glad to hear that you and your family loved them! Thanks so much for stopping by, Elaine!

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  37. anna

    They are delicious. Made them with my daughter. She does not like coconut oil so we used olive oil. The taste is divine. However, they didn’t set up well. Any suggestions?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Anna! I am glad to hear that you liked them. Using olive oil will yield an entirely different consistency. The coconut oil is necessary because it helps them set up and harden into bars.

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  39. Elena

    Beautiful pictures! I love granola bars, can’t wait to try your recipe!

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  42. Robin

    Hi, I’m wondering what kind/type of peanut butter you use? I find that it can make a difference in the bars ability to stay together. Thanks, for sharing, can’t wait to try it out!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Robin! I use natural peanut butter in all of my recipes, so any brand that only contains a few ingredients – peanuts and salt.

      • Robin

        Thanks!

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