Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)

Peanut Butter Granola Bars are very easy to make yourself. This recipe can be used as a base and you can add in whatever you like.  If you need a nut free version, sunflower butter works great in place of the peanut butter.


peanut butter granola bars


These bars are very similar to my Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies.  They came out yummy and were kid friendly too.  My little girl loved them!



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.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 30 min



  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.


Recipe Notes

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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160 thoughts to “Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Vegan)”

  1. I am wondering if I can substitute Agave Nectar for the honey and maple syrup?. It is what is in the cupboard and I want to make these!! :)
  2. I have made these a few times with different combinations of seed butters (in place of the PB) and honey/maple syrup. So far, our favourite combination is pumpkin seed butter and maple syrup. All the batches I've made thus far have been delicious and held together extremely well. I use a 9x9 pan and I always use your tip for lifting them out of the pan on the parchment paper and cutting them with a pizza cutter. It works awesome! Thanks again!
      1. No, I haven't tried making my own seed butters just yet. I use the Omega Nutrition Organic Pumpkin Seed Butter. We really like it but it is quite expensive so we try not to go overboard with using it. I had never tried it until I learned of my daughter's peanut allergy and began looking for PB alternatives. It is green in colour so it makes your granola bars a little greenish but they taste great! :)
  3. I love these! Have them around all the time. I do like them a bit sweeter so I use a little more maple syrup and more chocolate chips. Yum. Thank you!
  4. Made these today with 1 1/2 cups oats and 1 cup nature's path chocolate crisps for my daughter's softball team. They look delish! These get made at least once a week in our house :)
  5. What kind of rolled oats and PB should I be using? Or what brands do I avoid? Can wait to make these for my kids. Thanks :)
    1. I get the fresh ground peanut butter at the store or I just make it myself. All you need is peanuts and food processor. I get rolled oats out of the bulk bin at Whole Foods or Sprouts. Much cheaper that way.
  6. I have made these 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Just made a double batch to take up to the cottage with us this weekend! I have omitted the banana and added applesauce instead. (Not a fan of banana in anything but banana bread) I have also added 2T. of both milled flax seed and chia seeds for added protein and fiber. I add powdered milk instead of the alternative milk. Working my way toward veganism, just not there yet. :-) Thank you for this recipe!!
    1. That is so awesome! I am glad you are enjoying it. I have made it with applesauce as well and it's great that way. I never thought to add chia seeds. Great idea!
  7. I just made these this afternoon - they are delicious. I added cinnamon and like the result. The next time I make them (which is likely to be very soon) I am going to try the applesauce instead of the banana. And the cinnamon with the apple flavor should really be good. Excellent find. Thank you.
  8. Just got up and made this as soon as I saw ur post on fb this am....batter tastes and smell Delish! Can't wait till they r done! Simple quick recipe and I know what I am getting unlike store bought!
  9. Love these! I've never found a granola bar recipe that would set right, always ends up too gooey or dry, but this sounds like a great combination of ingredients! Thanks for the step by step, I can't wait to try them out! :)
  10. I just made these (my first granola bar attempt ever) and they are outstanding! I did add some chia seed and raisin and used sunbutter instead of peanut butter because my daughter's allergic to peanuts. I also had to use instant granola because I ran out of the old fashioned rolled oats but it still turned out great! I am going to make these frequently.
    1. I don't I'm sorry. I think if you plug the ingredients into, you can find out. I do have a pumpkin granola bar recipe too. :)
    2. I don't I'm sorry. I think if you plug the ingredients into, you can find out. I do have a pumpkin granola bar recipe too. :)
  11. I have tried quite a few recipes over the past couple of years to find 'the best' homemade bar alternative to buying the packs. There are much better recipes. This one looks healthier than most, but it lacks in taste and consistency. The proportion of wet to dry is wrong in my opinion. My kids called it an epic fail. Try Smitten Kitchen's.
    1. Happy to hear that! My husband and kids love them too. They are much lower in sugar and that is why some people think they are bland I guess.
  12. I made these yesterday with sunbutter and baked for 20 mins. I left them in fridge overnight as they were pretty soft (probably should have baked longer). But today the top layer is black and under that is green. Anyone else have this happen? I assumed the black was from the banana turning color and they smelled great so I started eating one and that is when I noticed green inside. Wouldn't think they could mold overnight in the fridge so I am not sure what turned green. I also had added a T of flax and wheat germ but otherwise followed recipe exactly.
    1. I am not sure what happened. I have never had that happen before and nobody else has mentioned it. I'm sorry about that outcome, but I am not sure what could have happened.
  13. These are super yummy! I make them every few weeks for snacks. Today i added crushed peanuts for more protein and they are delicious.

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