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Recipe: Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Granola bars and snack bars are easy options for on-the-go fueling.  While there are a variety of healthful options in the supermarkets, reading labels to find wholesome options can be confusing and time-consuming. Surprisingly, you can make your own bars with ingredients you may already have in stock, taking less than a half hour of your time.  Not only are making your own bars cost effective, but you get to know what ingredients go into them.

IMG_0023While these bars are flavored with coconut, peanut butter, raisins and chocolate chips, you can personalize them to your preference.  Enjoy these on their own to fuel your run, for breakfast with some yogurt, to hold you over between lunch and dinner, or to satisfy your post-dinner sweet tooth.

Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Yield 8 Big Bars, 16 small squares

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Next, place oats on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes.  While oats are toasting, on medium-low heat melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan until smooth.  Remove oats from the oven and transfer to a bowl.  Next, combine toasted oats with the cinnamon, flax seeds, and coconut.  Pour peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and combine thoroughly. Allow this to cool for about 10-15 minutes and then mix in the chocolate chips and raisins.  This will prevent the chocolate chips from melting. 

To create the bars, spray 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray and then line it with parchment paper.  Pour the mixture into the pan and press in until firm and evenly spaced in the dish.  The parchment paper will mold to the dish as you flatten out the mixture.

Place dish in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours to harden.  The longer it stays in the fridge, the better.  Remove when hardened and cut in half first and then into 4 equal bars.  Cut the bars in half for a smaller square sizedtreat.   

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