January 13, 2013
Granola bars can be so annoying sometimes. I feel like every time we buy a store-bought granola bar, it isn’t how we expected it to be. It either lacked a certain sweetness…or saltiness. Most of the time they are WAY to hard. They get stuck in the bottom of the packaging, and you’d be lucky to not chip a tooth when you bite into one. We decided to go ahead and try to make our own in the form of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars. We’ve made granola many many times, but never actually in the form of a bar. Much easier than I thought they would be, I’d like to mention! There’s no excuse to not make them yourself, and we’re going to show you how!
The combination of chocolate, peanut butter and cashews are what make these granola bars so delicious. And that extra couple pinches of salt really take them to the next level. They are chewy, yet crunchy on the outside and full of delicious flavors. Even Zach is a fan! We all know how picky he can be! What’s so great about granola bars, is that you can add just about any ingredient you want (to a certain extent of course). Chocolates and dried fruits add a certain sweet factor, while if you were to add nuts, peanut butter or pretzels, these can add a very distinct salt factor. It really is just up to you and whether or not you prefer a saltier or sweeter granola bar.
My mom and dad got us the pretty blue plate and the tea towel for Christmas. Aren’t they super cute?!
You could always transform this bar recipe into just a general granola recipe. Just replace the 9x13in dish with a baking sheet. Spray the baking sheet with a non-stick spray, and crumble the granola. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. It’s perfect with milk or just all by itself. It’s especially delish on an afternoon hike when you are trying to pack in those calories. Even the actual whole granola bar would be great on a hike, don’t ya think!?
*Please Note* This recipe does take about 2 hours of inactive time. When the granola bars come out of the oven, they can be very soft. Almost so soft that you can’t even cut through them without them oozing all over the place. Too soft for us even! Put them in the fridge for a couple of hours and you will get much better results. We like to put ours in the fridge overnight.
We hope you try this recipe out! It’s so simple and won’t break the bank, and you will never buy a store-bought granola bar ever again!
- non-stick spray or butter
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup chunky peanut butter
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 3½ cups old-fashioned oats
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- ½ cup cashews, roughly chopped
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup peanut butter cups, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and position your oven rack to two notches from the top.
- Spray a 9x13in baking dish with a non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites for about 30 seconds, until they become bubbly and frothy. With a heavy wooden spoon, stir in the peanut butter. After all is incorporated, then add the brown sugar, salt and honey. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, combine the oats, wheat germ and cashews. Add the mixture to the egg mixture along with the butter and the oil. Mix until everything is evenly coated. Gently mix in the peanut butter cup pieces and the raisins.
- Pour the mixture into your already prepared baking dish, and spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
- Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until the top is beginning to brown. Remove from the oven, and let cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer the dish to your refrigerator and let chill for about 2 hours.
- Once chilled, cut into 3x1in pieces and serve!