Do you prefer homemade granola bars or the kind you buy in a box?
I definitely prefer do-it-yourself granola bars, like these crunchy peanut butter granola bars that I made last week.
Packed with real oats, honey, chopped peanuts, and peanut butter, they are like Nature Valley peanut butter crunchy granola bars, only better.
Skinny on Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
I found the recipe for these yummy crunchy peanut butter granola bars on Laine’s Recipe Box which she got from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook, a book I purged from my collection a while back because I rarely opened it. After making and tasting these crunchy granola bars, I’m experiencing serious remorse for not holding on to it longer. “What other recipe treasures are contained within it’s pages?” I’m wondering.
This recipe makes 16 crunchy peanut butter granola bars, each with 203 calories and *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
- ¾ cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, chopped coarse
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Position an oven rack in the center of your oven and heat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and coat the foil lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the peanuts in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, and toast, stirring often, until fragrant and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the oats and oil to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer the toasted oats to the bowl with the peanuts and stir in the salt.
- Add the honey and brown sugar to the skillet and simmer gently over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, and peanut butter until well blended.
- Working quickly, stir the hot honey mixture into the peanut-oat mixture until thoroughly combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and pack very firmly into an even layer. (I used the bottom of a measuring cup to pack the mixture down.)
- Bake until the granola bars are golden, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
- Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove the whole slab from the pan using the foil.
- Cut into 16 bars. Place the bars on a wire rack to cool completely.
Adapted slightly Laine’s Recipe Box
*PointsPlus® for crunchy peanut butter granola bars calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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