A Happy, Healthy Family

10.03.2016

Peanut Butter & Oat Granola Bars



I'm back with another variation of my new favorite granola bars. Y'all, that trick about pressing down the granola mixture with a loaf pan has changed my life, and now I'm a granola bar making machine!

In my original post, I mentioned that granola bars need some kind of binding agent to make them stick together, and the basic recipe uses coconut oil.

In this variation, I've replaced the coconut oil with peanut butter, which has a similar nutritional profile in terms of calories and fat (it's actually a bit healthier), but it also has protein, which I appreciate.

Be sure, though, that you're using natural peanut butter with no added oil or sugar. I like Smucker's Natural Creamy, which contains just peanuts and a tiny bit of salt.

I've also cut out the brown sugar that was in the original recipe; you really don't need it at all.

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Peanut Butter & Oat Granola Bars
These simple, healthy granola bars are a great snack or breakfast on-the-go!
Ingredients
  • 3 1/4 c rolled oats
  • 3/4 c puffed millet
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2/3 c white wheat flour (or oat flour)
  • 1/3 c all-natural peanut butter, melted
  • 2/3 c raw honey
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 9 X 13 baking dish with parchment paper.2. In large mixing bowl, combine oats, millet, flour, baking soda, and salt.3. In small bowl, combine melted peanut butter (heat in microwave for about 30 seconds), honey, and vanilla.4. Mix wet and dry ingredients until well-incorporated.5. Press granola mixture into baking dish. Use the bottom of a loaf pan to firmly pack down mixture.6. Bake in oven for 22 minutes or until oats are golden brown. Immediately upon removing from oven, pack down mixture again with bottom of loaf pan. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in airtight container.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 bars



Enjoy!



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