5.24.2010

pb chocolate chip granola bars

I mentioned the other day that I would be making some granola bars. With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, things have been a bit hectic. I'm sure a lot of you can identify! Repeat after me. Summer is almost here...Summer is almost here... ;D

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I can't recall ever making granola bars. I've made gran-o-la but I can't recall ever pressing it into a baking dish to form fabulous little bars. Until now. These were so chewy, crispy, nutty, sweet and best of all, packed with nutritious goodness!

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See my kids on the ground in the photo above? They are waiting for rain so they can make an outline of their bodies. I asked them where in the heck they came up with this idea. They told me that there is an artist that does this. Have you heard of him?

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I found a recipe over at Salba Smart but really wanted chocolate chips and peanut butter instead of dried fruit so that's just the way I did it.

PB Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
by the Ungourmet -inspired by Salba Smart

3/4 cup creamy (the kind you stir) peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp honey
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbsp golden flax seeds
2 tbsp Salba seed (optional)
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325. Spray oil a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. In a small pan heat the pb and honey over low heat until melted, stirring often. Cool. In a large bowl mix the oats, cereal, seeds, coconut, chips, cinnamon and vanilla. Gently stir in pb mixture and coat evenly. Slowly mix in the eggs. Using your hands, gently mix everything until evenly coated. Press into prepared pan to form an even layer. Bake for 20-30 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan prior to cutting into squares.

My kids LOVED these! I was happy to know that they were enjoying a snack that was so good for them.

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30 comments:

Whitney said...

mmmm....delicious! I just went to the store yesterday and picked up flax, almonds, oats and dried cherries to make granola with! But maybe I'll have to make one batch of granola and another of these..

Thanks for sharing!

www.zenandgoodfood.blogspot.com

Pam said...

I've never made granola bars either. Must remedy that.

Also, the pic with the kids? Hilarious!

Joanne said...

Your kids are so funny. I couldn't stop laughing at their idea. I guess it's kind of like snow angels right?

Those granola bars looks scrumptious. Way better than Quaker's.

Lynn said...

Mmm, chocolate chips and peanut butter -- I like the way you think!

Chef Dennis said...

they look great!! I love granola and these look like super tasty bars!!
I know my girls would love these!
Cheers
Dennis

Stephanie said...

I made granola once and it was DELISH! Not sure why I haven't again -- and I haven't thought to make bars! These look yumm!

Chef E said...

Girl you got me wondering if hubby has any of his hiding in the cabinet :) he is gone and I have nothing to make these, and too busy the next three days- send me a few through the screen please!

5 Star Foodie said...

These sound terrific! I've never made homemade granola bars and I really should!

Bo said...

I've never made granola bars. I'll give it a try.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I'm loving these granola bars!

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Heavenly Housewife said...

Oh, fabulous, these look wonderful. I am absolutely peanut butter mad, so I know I would love these.
*kisses* HH

pigpigscorner said...

I love granola bars but I'm too lazy to make myself. Yours looks so good with PB!

Cathy said...

I've tried making granola bars but they fell apart for some reason. This recipe sounds delicious and so healthy. I'll give it another try.

Claudia said...

I've made granola but not the bars. These are scrumptious! Lying down in the rain to make outlines of the bodies is new to me.

The Blonde Duck said...

PB and granola? Heaven!

Kristin said...

If it has peanut butter in it it's gotta be good!

Randi Troxell said...

these look like a great summer treat!

Erin at The Healthy Apron said...

ha, love your blog design btw! I just made my own granola bars last night! I resisted added choc. chips and added pumpkin seeds over sunflower. I think I made a mistake. The pumpkin seeds were slightly too bitter. These look yummy!

Faith said...

That's too funny how your kids were waiting for rain to make an outline of their bodies -- that sounds like something I would have done as a kid! :) The granola bars look delicious...peanut butter and chocolate is irresistible!

Sook said...

WOW! Those bars look amazing!!!

Stella said...

Hey Kim, these look delicious. I make my own granola, so I know how truly wonderful homemade granola and bars can be. I also know how hard it is to convey in a blog post. I mean, it's not filet mignon with mash potatoes, but somehow it is!
p.s. I normally don't talk about my food on other people's blogs, as it's their time. But I hope you try the tofu wontons. They are unbelievable yum.

Julie said...

Now that's a granola bar I'd like to get to know better...yum!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

Your kids are too funny! I never heard of the artist before. I love the idea. And your bars are look awesome! I stopped eating the store-bought ones - they are so full of junk. I need to try my hand at these.

Megan said...

I've been making the same recipe for too long and i'ts time for a switch up. The family would love these!

Angie's Recipes said...

I haven't made granola slices for a long while...this one looks so inviting that I must do some soon!

tasteofbeirut said...

Kim
These look fantastic and so full of good things! Thanks for sharing an awesome bar recipe.

Juliana Faria said...

Olá!
Amei o Blog! Gostaria de manter contato!!!
Abraços
Juliana Faria (SP/Brasil)
http://julianapersonal.blogspot.com

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

We always love granola bars over here. With chocolate chips or dried fruits or all together, we love 'em all!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

uhm yummmy!! I always come to your site when I am craving good food :)

italianmamachef said...

Oh my goodness, looks so delicious.

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