Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Protein
These are super simple to make and two of my three children loved them, I had to stop them from eating 3 in one afternoon! These are not a protein FILLED bar, I have made the heavy protein bars and you can REALLY taste the protein powder and that does not work for my kids (can not say I am a big fan either), but there is SOME added protein. You can omit it all together if you prefer or add some extra. I find it makes the bars a bit more dry, so you may want to add a tad more almond milk and honey if you add extra.
I have made other recipes that are no bake that are super yummy and sweet, but they tend to fall apart at room temperature. These were a nice solid bar that I was able to wrap in saran wrap and send as snacks and in lunch boxes.
These are gluten free, egg free and contain no added sugar.
- 2 cups rolled oats (I opted for organic rolled oats but you can use quick oats too)
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used whey)
- 1 Tbsp. flax seeds
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter–I used a creamy natural peanut butter to avoid the added sugar)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2cup vanilla almond milk (or any milk you prefer–I used low sugar almond milk)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat your oven to 350F and prepare an 8×8 baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, protein powder, flax, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey, almond milk, and vanilla. Miix well.
- Now pour your wet mix into the dry mix and stir until fully mixed and add half of you chips (combined flavors if you used both).
- Pour into prepared baking pan. Using a spatula or your hands, spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly. These are nice and solid so if you have to use a bigger pan, you can mold it to form your own edge (filling only part of the pan).
- Press the remaining chips along the top of the bars so they are “attached” but still visible on top, these looks tasty when they are done!
- Bake for 16-18 or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting into bars.
My notes for next time, please let me know in the comments below if you try any of these or your own options/ideas.
I might add a tad more honey, the kids are SO used to the sweeter bars and I think kids number 3 would be more into them if I could add a tad more sweet. This is a very versatile recipe, so I am thinking of trying it with dried pineapple and shredded coconut (in place of the chips) with almond butter instead of peanut butter.