These easy, homemade peanut butter granola bars need only four ingredients, can be baked or not, and the flavor is out of this world good!
Happy National Peanut Butter Day!! I don’t know how it is in your household, but in mine…peanut butter is one of those staples that must be there at all times. J loves it, Nat loves it, the dogs lose their minds for it. Did I mention that the toddler likes to just sit down with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon and go to town?
Graham crackers and peanut butter, PB&J sandwiches, waffles with peanut butter and honey – so many ways to eat it. J eats some sort of bar every day at work for a snack. Protein bar in the morning, fig bar or granola bar for late morning or afternoon snack, etc. So, I decided to make some granola bars for him and the munchkin.
But not just any granola bars. Peanut butter granola bars. With cinnamon chips. That’s right, cinnamon chips, instead of the more common chocolate chips. And let me just tell you – they were a BIG hit. And for someone who pretty much adores all things chocolate chip, I have to admit that the cinnamon chips really are the perfect complimentary addition to these peanut butter granola bars.
But if that’s not your jam, you can use chocolate chips, or chopped peanuts, or whatever addition your little heart so desires. I highly recommend the cinnamon chips though. Just sayin’.
How to make peanut butter granola bars
- Combine oats and honey together in a bowl.
- Add melted peanut butter and mix well.
- Stir in cinnamon chips.
- Press into a prepared 13×9 baking pan.
- Bake for ~20 minutes OR refrigerate for 1 hour.
- That’s it!! Now, enjoy!
And because it’s National Peanut Butter Day, here are some more great recipes to try!
- Veggie Pad Thai by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip by Blogghetti
- Jamming Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- School Cafeteria Peanut Butter Bars by Creative Southern Home
- Peanut Butter Banana Protein Donuts by Crumb Top Baking
- Lettuce Wrapped Sweet and Sour Pork with Spicy Peanut Sauce by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- The Best Double Chocolate Buckeyes by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
- Mom’s Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Crust by Family Around the Table
- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies by House of Nash Eats
- Peanut Butter, Honey and Pear Open Faced Sandwiches by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- No churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Peanut Butter Apple Breakfast Wraps by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Keto Fat Bombs by Our Good Life
- Strawberry Peanut Butter Quesadilla by Palatable Pastime
- Peanut Butter Hummus by Savory Moments
- Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Puff Pastry Braid by The Baking Fairy
- Fluffernutter Pie by The Spiffy Cookie
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- 4 cups oats
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3/4 cup melted peanut butter*
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats and honey, until oats are evenly coated.
- Stir in the melted peanut butter until all is well combined. If the mixture seems too dry, add a bit more honey to moisten it up.
- Mix in the cinnamon chips. The push into a 9×13 pan, and press down so it’s evenly distributed and as flat as possible on top.
- If you wish to bake them, place in oven, pre-heated to 350 degree F, for approximately 20 minutes – but keep an eye on them and check at 15 minutes to make sure the edges don’t burn. Remove from oven
- Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares. Store in a resealable bag or air tight container for up to a week.
For no-bake option:
- Just place the pan (cover with foil, saran wrap, or a lid if your container has one) for one hour. Then, cut and enjoy!