April 8, 2012

Peanut Butter and Honey Chewy Granola Bars

I am always looking for healthy snacks that can easily be made ahead of time and wrapped up and placed in my drawer at work to munch on when I get hungry.  I especially love it when I find healthy snacks that are not only fast and easy, but taste great too! I think these granola bars are yummy and I think they are great to eat for breakfast, during work for a mid-day snack or to send in your kid's lunches! 

These bars are chewy with a crunch here and there from the nuts, yet they are extremely soft.  They do break apart a little around the almonds, but I am okay with that.  You can taste both the peanut butter and the honey.  If you don't want the honey flavor, you could always use corn syrup instead, but they won't be as healthy that way.  Whatever the way, these are a great grab-and-go snack! 
Peanut Butter and Honey Chewy Granola Bars
2/3 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c. raw almonds, toasted
1 c. rice krispies
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. sunflower seeds 

Add peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a large saucepan and heat until the peanut butter melts.  Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Press into an 8x8 dish and let sit until firm.  Cut into bars and wrap in plastic wrap.    

Jenn's Notes: To toast almonds, spread out evenly on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You should be able to smell a nutty aroma when they are done.  

26 comments:

  1. I'm definitely giving this a go. I don't have almonds at home, but I do have cashews. Yum!

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  2. I'm O.K. with them breaking around the almonds too! They look delicious.

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  3. These look delicious! They look like the Nature Valley ones that I like so much.

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  4. These have got to be delicious--so many great flavors. Can't wait to try them. Thanks.
    p.s. I do love the name of your blog!

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  5. Yum, those look terriffic (and healthy)! I would love for you to share them (and any other creations) at my new linky party starting this evening "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  6. These look great! I just might give them a try =) Perhaps if the almonds were chopped a bit, or slivered, it wouldn't fall apart as much? Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Yes, I think that would help! -Jenn

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  7. We love healthy and delicious snacks like this! Thanks for sharing this at our "Beautify It Monday" Party! We hope you'll be back again next week!

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  8. This sounds healthy, tasty and so easy to do! Pinned. I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

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  9. These look scrumptious! I love soft and chewy granola bars

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  10. These look fabulous!! Can't wait to try them!!

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  11. This looks amazing! I can't wait to give them a try - it has got to be loads cheaper than buying granola bars. Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  12. THese look great---pinned them.

    Melissa
    redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  13. You're being featured tonight! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Yum! These look delish! Thank you Trish for featuring this one. I'm going to be pinning and making these this week. They look fabulous!

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  15. Those look delicious! I LOVE a store bought version of these, but have stopped buying them because of so many "fake" ingredients. I can't wait to try these now!

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  16. Found my way here from mom on time out..what a great, simple and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing...love the presentation too!

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  17. I just made a batch of these, boy! are they tasty! I didn't have any sunflower seeds so I just used a little extra rice cereal. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I am so glad you liked them! - Jenn

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  18. These look so delicious! We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Please come back and join us next week!! Thanks! -The Sisters

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  19. Just made a batch of these using peanut butter, honey, vanilla, oats, kashi crunch, rice krispies, and raisins. I melted the PB and honey in the microwave for 30 seconds then added everything else and patted into a 9x13 pan. Delicious for sure but be sure to watch portions because it can get pretty high in calories. Mine are about 160 each if I divide the pan into 16 portions.

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    1. Sometimes we might forget that even though all of the ingredients are healthy on their own, they may add up to be high in calories. I like the idea of pressing them into a 9x13 pan rather than an 8x8 pan. Thanks for the tip. - Jenn

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