I just realized that this is my third peanut butter recipe in one week! I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. It is pretty apparent that the kitchen at A Kitchen Addiction is frequently putting out recipes involving peanut butter! If you are ever wondering what we may be eating at any given time, you would have a good chance at being correct by guessing something with peanut butter! It’s a staple, and because of that, one should never go too long without it!
These monster cookie granola bars are a revision to these peanut butter mini chip granola bites. Yes, another peanut butter recipe. I mention in that post that I prefer creamy and my husband prefers crunchy. Well, with this recipe, we can both be happy because either one works great, and it’s an easy enough recipe that it doesn’t take much time to make a batch of each! 😉
All of the makings of a semi-healthy monster cookies can be found in these. . .oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips and M&M’s for the monster cookie and flaxseed, oat bran, and honey for the nutrition. 😉 I used pretzel M&M’s to give the bars more of a crunch, but you could use whatever you have on hand. These granola bars require one bowl, one spoon, and less than 10 minutes of preparation. You can’t ask for a quicker recipe to throw together for a snack for the kids or for you with your busy on-the-go schedule!
Yield: 9 bars
- 1 1/4 C regular oats
- 1/4 C ground flaxseed
- 1/4 C oat bran
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 C creamy or crunchy no-stir natural peanut butter
- 1/3 C honey
- 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 C pretzel M&M’s
- Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flaxseed, oat bran, and salt. Stir in vanilla extract, peanut butter, and honey until well-combined using a wooden spoon. Add in chocolate chips and M&M’s. Stir to combine.
- Firmly press dough into baking dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow dough to stiffen.
- Cut into 9 bars. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.