My Mixed Berry Granola Bars have been very popular, so I was really excited to try another granola bar combination. With granola bars, I feel the possibilities are endless! This time I started out intending to make a peanut butter chocolate chip bar. That was all fine and good, but when I poured the hot sauce over the rest of the ingredients, the chocolate chips melted. So instead, chocolate peanut butter granola bars were born and I have to say, they’re quite delicious!
If any of you out there have any ideas on how to make this without melting the chocolate chips, I would love it if you left me a comment. If I can’t figure out how to keep the chips from melting, I think I’ll try peanut butter raisin granola bars next time…why not? As I said, I think the possibilities are endless.
But for today, here is my chocolate peanut butter granola bars, what I like to call a happy accident!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread oatmeal evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until toasted and golden brown, stirring once or twice.
Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
Butter a 9×13 baking dish and then line it with parchment paper.
Add honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla and salt to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, Once mixture comes to a boil, boil for 1 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Combine oatmeal, peanuts and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. Pour honey mixture over top. Stir until well combined and chocolate chips have melted.
Pour into prepared baking dish. Spread with a spatula or lightly buttered hands until even. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting. To cut, pull out of the baking dish by the sides of the parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Store at room temperature.
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