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Easy Peanut Butter Granola Bar Recipe


This easy, healthy, no-bake peanut granola bar recipe comes together in a snap! These granola bars are easy to make vegan and gluten free.
This delicious peanut butter granola bar recipe is easy to make vegan and gluten free.

Remember when I made those peanut butter krispie treats? My family and I were pretty much obsessed with those. And they were so easy that I started thinking I should replace some of the crisp cereal with oats and make granola bars. And I am SO glad I did - these bars are much healthier AND tastier than the store-bought version and take just 5 minutes to mix up! They lasted 1 day in our house and I put half bars in the girls' lunch boxes. Our whole family loved these - they're a must try.To cut down on sugar I used sugar free maple syrup. I found a few more natural varieties at Whole Foods and went with one sweetened with Xylitol, which is one of the few sweeteners I'm okay with and has the added bonus of preventing cavities. You can use honey, agave, or regular maple syrup for these if you prefer. I threw some Chia seeds on top for added nutrition, but some people worry about raw chia seeds expanding between teeth or getting stuck in gums. If you're concerned about that, I would recommend using hemp or flax seed instead. 




These no-bake peanut butter granola bars are filled drizzled with a little dark chocolate.
This easy granola bar recipe is a terrific lunch box treat. If your school is nut-free, try using sunflower seed butter. I also love these peanut butter granola bars as an on-the-go breakfast snack or for when I'm craving a little bite of something sweet. This recipe is so easy that I almost always have all the ingredients in my pantry, and it's a great recipe for kids to help make. You'll see some little helping hands in my video below.



Easy no-bake vegan granola bars

Updated August 13, 2017. The original recipe can still be found here: printer friendly recipe .
I have increased the peanut butter and coconut oil to make the bars less crumbly, and increased the set time. 




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UPDATE #2 August 15, 2007! 
Some of you requested this recipe without the coconut oil, so I have removed it and increased the peanut butter and maple syrup. I have also replaced with chia seeds with hemp hearts and flax meal. The bars are now much less crumbly and I think these little tweaks are a big improvement. I hope you love them too. 




Yield: about 10 bars

Easy Peanut Butter Granola Bar Recipe

This easy granola bar recipe requires just a few simple ingredients. These granola bars are a lunch box favorite.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 5 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • pinch of salt if using unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup gluten-free brown rice crisp cereal
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flax meal 
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 1/3 cup vegan, gluten-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the peanut butter, salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together oats, cereal, flax meal and hemp hearts. Add the wet peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Mixture should hold together when pressed into a ball. If it is too dry, add a little more syrup until the mixture sticks together.
  3. Press oat mixture firmly into the prepared dish. I use a ramekin coated with cooking spray. If topping with chocolate, place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 30 second intervals, stirring between, until melted. Drizzle over bars by dipping a fork into the chocolate. Place in the refrigerator or freezer until set, about 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store granola bars in the refrigerator, covered. These bars do tend to get crumbly at room temperature and are best eaten cold.
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These easy no-bake peanut butter granola bars are vegan and gluten free. They make a great lunch box or after school snack.
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