Peanut Butter Granola Mini Bars Recipe
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
- 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 1. In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil and vanilla until blended. Combine the oats, brown sugar and salt; add to the peanut butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chips. (Batter will be sticky.)
- 2. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
1 piece equals 93 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.
Reviews for Peanut Butter Granola Mini Bars
"A soft, chewy granola bar! Made this easy to prepare bar during the blizzard of 2016. Huge hit with snow shoveling family. Followed directions exactly, they do need to cool completely. As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home, I enjoy recipes that can be quickly made with ingredients on hand."
"I made these as a post-workout snack/breakfast, and I added some pureed honey-roasted peanuts and chocolate & peanut butter protein powder. They are amazing, filling, and perfect to start off my day!"
"these are easy and a fantastic snack. you can dip them in melted chocolate or drizzle some over to fancy them up!! I also add craisins for an extra punch!!"
"These are so good. My kids prefer these over store bought granola bars."
"I used between 3/4 and 1 cup of natural p.b and used only 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, that being said, I am notorious for cutting sugar in recipes, as I did in this one, but please don't I think it's safe to say the (sugar+honey) called for in this recipe is right on for a lightly sweetened treat. baked 13 minutes @ 350 cooled before cutting, they're holding together great. Thanks"
"Definitely would be good with dark chocolate for me."
"I will do it with my students."
"These disappear quickly. Love how quick and easy they are to make. Definitely a keeper!"
"Super easy to make and I had most of the ingredients on hand. My family loved them and I am looking forward to modifying the recipe based on other reviewers suggestions. Yum!!!!!"
"Quick easy yummy!"
"Very good and easy to make. Next time I may leave out peanut butter chips and I'll add some dried cranberries or dried cherries. I don't care for peanut butter, but these weren't overpowering in flavor. I'd make them again."
"They tasted great! But they came out pretty crumbly. Will make again, trying a whole cup of peanut butter with no chips as others have suggested."
"loved, loved them!!!!! Add whatever you want, a great basic recipe!!"
"my recipe held together well: I used 2 tablespoons natural applesauce and 1 tablespoon oil instead of the specified oil. Also used reg peanut butter. deleted peanut butter chips - they are full of transfats. added more choc chips instead. really really good recipe."
"Delicious. We I love it. I use regular peanut butter and leave out the chips. My kids can't stay out of it."
"I made them with regular peanut butter. Delicious but a little crumbly."
"They were very good but I think by using low-fat peanutbutter they did not hold together as well as expected,and for 93 calories they are really small if you follow the suggested amount on recipe,but I will make them again, my husband is diabetic and he like them as well."
"Fabulous!!! Will definitely make these again!!"
"We loved this recipe. I added 1/2 cup coconut, 1/4 C more chunky peanut butter and 1 cup mini chocolate chips instead of 1/3 cup. We will make this again. Next time I may add raisins instead of chocolate chips and I will melt my peanut butter chips and spread on top. When I cut them I will have the peanut butter chips side on the bottom."
"Everyone in my house absolutely LOVED these. Including my 18 year old sons friends. Will efinitely make these again!"
"I would make this again but I would use regular peanut butter. These bars didn't hold together very well so I think they need something extra so they will keep their form."
"I made exactly as written & they were great. I am not usually a graola bar fan because they are dry. These were not dry at all. I did make with all chocolate chips but will add mini M&Ms next time. Maybe nuts too."
"omg these were, and are so good. I used nutella, added some dried cherries and prunes to boot. Oh so good!!!"
"These are wonderful, they were so easy to make. I am glad they are low in calories because I am sure I will eat too many. Thanks for the great recipe."
"My grandkids loved them as much as I did.So very easy and I had everything I needed without having to go to the store."
"Loved this recipe. I made it twice, in one weekend. The first time I added pecans and the second time I added peanuts. The peanut version was really good. Thank you for sharing!"
"I followed the receipe exactly. A little dry. I felt like they would have been better if I would have used milk chocolate chips instead of the semi-chocolate, a little bitter. Could the particular honey I used make the difference in taste ?"
"Keeper for sure...I used Nutella rather than Peanut Butter as suggested by Grammy Ruth below. Might try adding rice krispies or coconut next time."
"This recipe is a keeper! Thanks to all the others that have tried it I now have many more options. Very tasty, try eating only one!"
"Absolutely wonderful!!! I did use sugar free honey, quickoats(did not have any old-fashioned oats), splenda brown sugar and applesauce(in the place of canola oil).Everyone loved them!"
"Made the recipe "as is" and took it to a Family Reunion. Everyone loved them! My only problem is not eating too many at one sitting they were SO good!"
"Again, Again and again I will make this bar. So very good and easy and I did add pumpkin seed just because I have them on hand. Family raved about them and would recommend them to everyone."
"Very good. Made the recipe as is (will add nuts next time) and dumped on a cookie sheet to bake. After cooled, just broke into pieces."
"Everyone in my family loved them. Great breakfast."
"Great! I made several substitutions according to my pantry! I substituted light Karo for the honey, butterscotch chips for the peanut butter chips and added 1/2 cup shredded coconut. It was easy and fast... a great "keeper""
"This is a very good granola BAR to make..I exchanged: the peanut butter with Nutella, the canola oil with coconut oil, the 3 1/2 cups of oats for 3 cups of oats and 1/2 cup of wheat germ, the peanut butter chips for butter scotch chips, and added nuts and coconut. It is delicious, and firm enough to cut into granola sized bars to take as a snack for lunch. I pressed the mixture firmly in a dish greased with coconut oil and baked in the oven according to the directions. I can't wait to see what my Sunday School 2nd and 3rd graders think tomorrow. Possible allergies to peanut butter was avoided by the substitutions listed above."
"Loved this recipe, I didn't use the peanut butter chips, instead I chopped up raisins and craisins mixed w/a little flour so they would not stick together. Next time I'll add some chopped apricots too. Love these !!!"
"I am going to use Splenda brown sugar and sugar free honey."
"So delicious! I just used about 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chocolate chips! We loved it!!!"
"These bars are excellant."
"Wow! I make these every week. My whole family loves them. It's a great Weight Watcher friendly recipe. My daughter is allergic to peanuts so I make a version using Nutella and milk chocolate and vanilla morsels instead of the peanut butter and peanut butter morsels...delicious."
"These are so so good. I didn't have peanut butter chips or chocolate chips but did have some white chocolate chips. I added a cup of those and a big handful of walnuts and coconut. I baked as directed and then cut them in granola bar size and put them on a cookie sheet and baked them again so each one got a little brown, probably for another 15 minutes at 350. they are crunchy but still chewable. YUM!"
"in addition to my other comments, I should have mentioned that you can opt to replace an addition 1/3 cup oats with wheat germ"
"I made a variation of Peanut Butter Granola Bars, so that I could cut down on the sugar and use more than one type of grain. I also omitted both flavors of chips.In place of the 2/3 cup of chips and 1/3 cup of oats, I used 1 cup of dry crushed, crispy cereal.In place of 1/2 cup of oats, I threw in 1/2 cup of Harvest Grains Blend, a King Arthur product containing 8 different seeds and grains.In case you've lost track; that leaves a total of 2 2/3 cups of oats to be used in the bars"
"I do make it over and over. Great mid morning snack."
"These were very good and so easy to make"
"These are really good! Next time I am going to try them with raisins."
"I forgot to add that asking with freshly ground unsalted peanut butter, I used 1/2 c. raisins instead of the chips! Still delicious! Will definitely be making these again!"
"These were great! Next time I think I will use carob chips instead of choc. chips."
"I used certified gluten-free rolled oats to make these for my husband, who has Celiac disease. He thinks they are delicious!"
"I will be making these again! They were very easy and delicious. I made them with the white chips instead of the chocolate."
"I made a batch of these last night, they were amazing! I didn't have reduced fat peanut butter, so I useda freshly ground unsalted peanut butter"
"Yes, by all means I will make it again. Infact it was such a hit am passing the receipealong to others"
"Just SO yummy, easy, and a big hit with the little kids and us big kids. Didnt disappoint at bit."
"These were absolutely delicious. I added some unsweetened coconut and chopped pecans as well. I would definetly make these again. They were a great lunchbox treat for my grandchildren."
"I already commented on how good these are and have made another batch this week! I agree though with jencc that they are not diabetic friendly! Thanks for sharing."
"Made these twice since finding recipe last week. Second time added protein powder, they are amazing!!"
"I have made this twice now and just love it! The first time I mixed everything by hand and it was great, chunky, really good with ice cream. The second time I used a mixer....won't do that again, it made it all chopped up. I prefer to have the oats in one piece not chopped up. Great recipe though, I would recommend it to anyone!"
"The final result is delicious-BUT, to advertise it as a 100 calorie snack is pretty deceiving when a serving is the size of a chapstick!"
"I made these bars and they were absolutely yummy! I eyeballed the peanut butter by guessing what I thought a half cup was - I am sure I was over - but they were delicious regardless. I did add mini chocolate chips and a few handfuls of dried fruit - Very good. Next time I might add coconut and nuts. It is a great "everything but the kitchen sink" recipe! Thank you for sharing!"
"We have made a variation of this recipe four times in one week! The first time we went directly be the recipe. If you like a lot of peanut butter you will like the recipe as it is. My family preferred to reduce the peanut butter, we have made it with half of the peanut butter chips and without them... Either way it is delicious!! I also add about 1/4 c. of wheat germ. This is a great morning breakfast on the go, mid-afternoon or evening snack! This recipe will stay in my collection for a long, long time!!!"
"They are just great. everybody loved them."
"These were so easy to make and tasted absolutely fabulous. They were wonderful while warm but still soft and moist the next day. My kids loved them! Have shared the recipe with several people already."
"Delicious but my bars crumbled. They didn't hold together like a granola bar, even after I refrigerated them. Any ideas?"
"I thought these were delicious. I did make them with quick oats and they turned out great!"
"easy to make and tasted great...nice to have a healthy alternative the whole family loves"
"Followed directions except for the 1/3 cup peanut butter chips. I used a generous 1/2 cup peanut butter, and added about 1/2 cup total of almonds and peanuts instead of the 1/3 cup peanut butter chips. Turned out great! Will definitately make again!"
"This recipe was very easy and tasted wonderful"
"These were very good. My kids liked these very much. My sister (someone who does not like baking at all) like them too and said she wanted to make them because they are easy. I didn't have peanut butter chips so I used the mini semi sweet chips. I also forgot to use the canola oil but it didn't make any difference. Why add the extra fat? I would make these again."
"Kids loved these and I plan on using them to pack in my kids' bags to eat before their sporting events. Has anyone tried freezing these yet?"
"These are excellent! I didn't have the reduced fat peanut butter so the calorie count was higher...and I cut them into 32 pieces instead of 36. It was worth it - so delicious!"
"We have made several batches already of these granola bars. They are fabulous! As another review wrote, I would rather make my own granola bars than purchase them filled with preservatives and unknown ingredients."
"Really tasty! This is a great base for any combination of favorite chips, (I used butterscotch/dk choc)and other possible add ins; dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, blueberries etc.), nuts, and coconut. Also I used crunchy peanut butter.I was tickled pink everything needed was right in my cupboards/frig. I love when that happens. No extra trip to the store."
"This recipe is great! i didn't use the peanut butter chips turned out great!Taking some to work I have alot of runners at work and they love granola bars so I know they will love these!"
"This recipe sounds good but is DEFINITELY NOT diabetic friendly and can mislead uninformed diabetics. Mixing honey, brown sugar and two kinds of sweet chips could raise blood sugars to a dangerous leve. Please correct this so no one gets hurt."
"These bars are delicious! I had to add about 3/4 cup of quick cooking oats as I didn't have quite enough of the old fashioned oats and it didn't hurt them a bit. I'm sending this batch to work with myt husband to share."
"I make this recipe instead of buying granola bars so I know what is in them."
"This is a great recipe. Took it to work and everyone asked for the recipe. Thanks!"
"Granola bars are not good for anything much less a substitution for breakfast. Whoever dreamed up granola needs to get another occupation"
"Very good- Nice alternative to packaged granola. I would, however, like to know what the portion size is- the recipe just says one piece."
"I sometimes feel like children are snacked into obesity. Snacks at school, religious ed, 4-H, girls scouts, etc. so I try really hard to make healthy snacks. I made this recipe for my daughter's girl scout troop and every girl asked for more because they were so good! Thanks for helping me stay on track with healthier snack choices."
"These were great! I drizzled a little chocolate over the top for an added touch, but other than that didn't change a thing. I will be making these again :)"
"I also have made this recipe 3 weeks in a row. My whole family loved eating this snack in their lunches every day! It was hard to make it last the week because I kept wanting to sneak more. It saved just fine in a tupperware container. And so much cheaper than buying granola bars at the store!"
"I make these almost every week, for the last several weeks. Does anyone know if they can be stored in an airtight container on the counter? Or should they stay in the fridge?"
"Just made these & they were very good! I cut the oil to 1 T & added a small ripe bananak, 1 scoop of protein powder, some chopped walnuts & a handful of dried cranberries but no choco chips, only p.b. chips. Yummy!"
"These granola bars are absolutely to die for! The fact that they are healthy makes them even better. With such easy ingredients and so little time, I will be making these over and over again."
"These granola bars are so goood! I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the canola oil, added 1/4 cup of flax seed, 1/4 cup of sliced almonds and used 2/3 cup of mini chocolate chips instead of peanut butter chips. This recipe is definitely a keeper."
"Every time I make these....they don't even last a day--very kid-friendly and love that they are only 100 calories-- (wish the pieces were bigger) So good!!"
"Very good and easy to make! If you substitute quick cooking oatmeal do you use the same amount?"
"I made this for breakfast this morning, and it looks like the whole pan will be gone before everyone's in bed tonight. I used quick oats since I didn't have old-fashioned oats. And, since I was out of peanut butter chips, I used some extra mini chocolate chips. I would like to know how well they save, but I'm not sure I'll get the chance to find out! We will definitely have them again!"
"Quick, and easy!! Big hit at my house and the office!"
"What a fun treat. I have to double the recipe because it goes so fast in my house. I also substituted the peanut butter chips for almonds just because I didn't have any peanut butter chips. Adding flax seed was a good idea mentioned by many."
"What a great idea! I "healthi-fied" it quite a bit, replacing applesauce for the oil, flax seed for the egg, agave nectar for the honey, and Sucanat for the brown sugar. The kids loved it and people at work wanted the recipe."
"This is a yummy granola recipe. My grandchildren thought they were great. I will definitely be making them again."
"These are great, I am not a fan of those store bought hard granola bars, but these are nothing like them. I added sunflower seeds because I like them. I later thought I should have also added some flax seed to even bump up the nutrition value even more. So much better than store bought but these treats would hold up nicely shipped in a care package or also when taken on the bike ride for a pick me up. I spilt the recipe in half and baked in 8 in square- turned out perfectly."
"A great treat; easy to make."
"Peanut butter granola mint bars are a family favourite in our home and one my kids ask for every chance they get. It's a keeper for sure and definitely going in my recipe box."
"This recipe really is great. A definite kid pleaser. I didn't add the peanut butter chips and it was just as great and not overly sweet. A recipe keeper."
"I love this recipe. I've added craisins and slivered almonds in place of the chocolate chips. I've also added coconut and wheat germ along with the mini chips. Yum!"
"This is a GREAT recipe! It freezes well also. I like to subsitute Butterscotch chips for the PB chips."
"I love the taste of these. But, after the first time making them, I substituted regular semisweet chocolate chips for all of the chips called for in the recipe. I much prefer them that way. I also will sometimes make these with raisins instead for a healthier treat."