Peanut Butter Granola Bars

This recipe is in response to a post I wrote the other day.  You can read about that here.  After that post, I had many requests for a healthier homemade version.  Here is my first option.  I hope to have others in the future too. 🙂


These bars are very similar to my Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies.  They came out yummy and were kid friendly too.

It is all over Meadow’s face.  Even my mostly tube fed baby ate some!

This would make a good afternoon snack too.  I often snack on my homemade granola in the afternoons for a sweet treat.  You can find one of those recipes here.

So here is the recipe.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. 
  3. In a sauce pan, on medium heat, combine the banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and milk. 
  4. Stir until combined. 
  5. Add peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. 
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Line a pan with parchment paper. I do this because it is so easy to just lift them out of the pan and cut with a pizza cutter.  I do, however, reuse the same piece of parchment over and over again.  There is no reason to throw it away after one use.  I just store it in the cabinet with the baking pans.
  8. Bake them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. 
  9. Let them cool completely before cutting.


I store them in a plastic container separated by parchment paper. They should keep for about two weeks, although mine will not last that long! Enjoy!

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156 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  1. Sorry, but this one wasn’t a hit with my family. They came out tasteless and cardboardy. I hated to use up my raw honey on them too. Guess I’ll have to try another recipe for this bunch.

    1. Sorry you didn’t like them. 🙁 I understand not every recipe is going to be a winner with everyone.

  2. I made these today and both of my kids loved them! I did too of course, but that’s not quite as exciting as both kids liking them. Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. I love this recipe! I have made it a few times and I try a little something new each time. I use peanut butter so I cut down the salt. One day I didn’t have enough oats so I popped in 1/2 c of quinoa and it turned out great! I increased the liquid to 3 tablespoons of milk and that softens the oats a bit for me.

    For the people how had the comments about the bars crumbling, I added about 5-10 minutes to the cooking time and I also put the mixture in a muffin pan for easy servings. By increasing the time and making the bars more compact (I press down the mixture), this makes the bars stay together.

    Keep those recipes coming!

  4. Just curious…did this recipe change? I have been making this for almost 2 years now and have it memorized. I came on today to check the temperature (bc I was blanking on it) and this is different than I have been making it. I thought it used to be baking soda and no salt, vs. the baking powder and sea salt listed above. I also don’t remember that the wet mixture was to be heated. Please tell me I am not losing my mind. 🙂 That being said, the way that I have been making it is great…..not complaining, just confused.

      1. It’s been a LONG time since I even looked at it….obviously, it was changed since then. Thank you for confirming that I am not crazy 🙂

    1. I hit the link to this recipe today, after putting the bars in the oven, and guess what? The recipe on the site IS different than the one I have saved in my recipe folder. The recipe I have called for 1/4 tsp. of baking SODA, and no salt. I had saved the recipe in July of 2013, and am just now baking it. Clicking on the link that was within my saved recipe print sent me straight to this recipe that was different…You aren’t crazy, Laura Donovan!

  5. Flavor is good but there must be something missing, such as a binder…mine wouldn’t stay together in a bar form. It also is still an incomplete recipe. Ingredients list chocolate chips yet instructions never tell you when to add them? What size pan do you use? Once it was all mixed it was obvious I needed an 8×8 but didn’t have it prepped until it was all ready to go.

    1. I folded the chocolate chips in at the end. This recipe is 2 years old and you are the first person to tell me about the chips. Thank you! I will edit the post. I used an odd sized pan. I think it was a 9×13? Did you press the mixture down firmly? That helps the bars stick together. Also it’s important to let them cool before trying to cut. I am sorry yours did not stay together. 🙁

  6. I have made these 3 times now and today was asked to make them again. They are so much better than the store bought ones. Thank you for the recipe!

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