These peanut butter and salted caramel flavored granola bars prove that making your own granola bar recipe couldn’t be simpler!
You’re going to love making your own homemade granola bars!
I love making homemade granola bars! They are easy to prepare and can be made in so many different ways! This granola bars recipe uses peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, oats, and puff cereal along with Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds, but you can alter this to suit your tastes or our pantry! While I love these salted caramel granola bars, I’ve also enjoyed plain granola bars made with nut and maple syrup.
What Are Granola Bars?
Granola bars are a mixture of oats, nuts, and other ingredients (usually a sweetener as a binding agent) that is then baked or heated in one way or another before being pressed into a pan. After the mixture has cooled they are then cut into little bars and enjoyed as chewy, crunchy snacks. You can make granola bars as healthy or as fun as you want by adding in any number of creative add-ins. These homemade peanut butter granola bars are a good example of ways you can make them healthy thanks to the added seeds and nuts.
- Puffed rice cereal
- Quick-cooking oats
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Chopped Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds
- Brown sugar
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- White chocolate chips
How to Make Peanut Butter & Salted Caramel Granola Bar Recipe
- Combine the cereal, oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, and almonds in a large bowl, and then set it aside.
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set it aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the honey and sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Add in the peanut butter and let the mixture come to a boil for 1 minute.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the extract.
- Pour over your cereal mixture and stir to combine.
- Let rest for 5-10 minutes before adding in the white chocolate chips.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and let stand until cool.
- Cut into bars.
- I found salted caramel flavored chips in the bakery aisle of my grocery store; however, they may not be available in most places. You substitute peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or even caramel bits if you like.
- Place all your dry ingredients in a large bowl with the EXCEPTION of your chocolate (or flavored) chips. Add those into the mix, only after your warm honey mixture has been incorporated.
- Be sure to line your pan with foil and spray your foil with nonstick spray so that the granola bars are easily removed.
For added flavor swap out the white chocolate chips for:
- Peanut butter
- Butterscotch chips
- Caramel bits
How do I get my homemade granola bars to stick together?
The honey and the brown sugar in this recipe not only help to add a little more sweetness to every bite but also help to bind the granola bar ingredients together well so that the bars hold together when pressed and cut.
Are homemade granola bars good for you?
Depending on how they are made and what has been added to the granola bars can be healthier snack options loaded with added fiber and protein. Homemade versions are often much healthier than storebought as they contain fewer sweeteners and preservatives and more whole food options.
Can I freeze granola bars?
Yes, you absolutely can freeze these bars! After they have set up correctly, go ahead and cut into bars. Wrap well in wax paper and plastic wrap before storing in an airtight container for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, grab one from the freezer and let it rest at room temperature for several minutes to thaw.
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- Apple Carrot Cake Bars
- Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Balls
- Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Pie Bars
- Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
- 2 cups puffed rice cereal
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup white chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch chips or caramel bits
- In a large bowl combine cereal, oats, chia seeds, flax seed and almonds. Set aside.
- Line a 9-x13 pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a saucepan combine honey and sugar, stirring until dissolved. Add in peanut butter and let mixture come to just a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in extract. Pour hot mixture over cereal mixture and stir until it is all combined. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before adding chips. Pour mixture onto prepared pan and let stand until cool. Cut into bars.
Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 0mgSodium 150mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 5gSugar 29gProtein 8g