These chewy 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars are a breeze to make and are a perfect lunch-box addition or afternoon treat for kids and adults.
Word on the street is that schools are about to be back in session.
So I thought I’d share with you a kid-friendly recipe that’s incredibly easy to make, a healthy lunch-box addition, and made with the ever so popular combo of PB and chocolate. Personally my favorite combo! Whats great about these granola bars is that you know exactly what’s going into them. No unpronounceable ingredients or highly processed sugars needed. The ingredients are wholesome and provide 2 grams of fiber from oats and 8 grams of healthy fats from peanut butter. These 5 ingredient peanut butter granola bars will keep you full and energized until your next meal. And not only do they make for a tasty treat, they also make for great pre-workout fuel. You’ll never need to (or want to) buy a box of granola bars again!
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Get your kids involved in the kitchen too.
5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars are easy enough for even your kids to make. With just a little guidance, your kids will be able to whip these bars up too. In fact, I encourage you to let your kids take charge. They’ll gain some kitchen skills and take pride in their creations. And there’s a chance that by them being more involved in the kitchen, it will increase their food variety and make them more apt to try new foods. Wouldn’t that be nice!?
You can spruce up these 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars with optional add-in’s!
Customize these bars and make them your own by adding a few extra ingredients. Some of my favorite additions include, dried cherries, raisins, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, pecans, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice. Let your kids use their creativity and have them choose a few additional ingredients.
If you want to up the protein, simply substitute 1/3 cup of protein powder for 1/3 cup of the oats.
Once the bars are done baking, let cool, cut into squares and wrap each square individually in plastic wrap. These bars are also freezer-friendly. So feel free to double this recipe and freeze the individually wrapped bars for easy lunch-box additions in the future.
Let the baking begin!
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Warm peanut butter on the stovetop or microwave just until smooth (not too hot otherwise the chocolate chip will melt).
- Combine all of the ingredients in one-bowl and mix well.
- Transfer to a greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.
- Let cool slightly and then cut into 20 squares.
We’d love to hear if you give these 5 ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars a try and if you added any additional ingredients to the recipe!
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