Chocolate peanut butter (no bake) granola bars.

CPG9Okay, seriously… how delicious do these look? I cannot get enough of these! Chocolate, creamy peanut butter goodness! Mmm-mmm! I am never buying granola bars again!

Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorite things. Especially paired together. I never buy candy, but if I had to, I’d go straight for Reese’s peanut butter cups. Any time I can get chocolate and peanut butter together, I do. And really, why wouldn’t you?

And did I mention these are amazing?! Really. You have to try them!

It’s Sunday. My family’s lazy day. Church, working out, movies, and cooking (I guess that’s pretty productive). It doesn’t get much better than this. Well, it could if my husband was home… but, that will come with time 🙂 Anyways — My 17-month-old and I decided to do some baking together and we came up with this yummy recipe. I was so happy that she wanted to help out today. I’ve tried letting her help me bake in the past, but she wasn’t interested at the time. Today was different. Today, we had so much fun!

These bad boys are no bake and take 5-10 minutes to make. Who doesn’t have 5-10 minute that they can set aside to make a semi-healthy, delicious snack?

Here’s what you will need:
1 1/2 C organic rolled oats
1/3 C flax meal
1/2 C mini semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C raw almonds, roughly chopped (I used my food processor)
1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1/3 C local raw honey

Before you jump into the recipe, take out a 9×9 baking sheet and line it with parchment paper so that it overlaps the edges. Once the granola bars are cooled, it’ll lift right out with the parchment paper and make it easier to cut.

 

CPG1Start by placing all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Next, take out a small pot and place it over medium heat. Add the honey and peanut butter to the pot.

 

CPG2Once the peanut butter begins to melt, use a whisk to give it a stir. You want the peanut butter and honey completely melted and combined.

 

CPG3Now you’re going to add your honey/peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients you have set aside.

 

CPG4Stir until combined.

 

CPG5Press the mixture into the line 9×9 baking sheet. Make sure to press it down pretty firmly.

 

CPG6Almost done! Place your baking sheet in the refrigerator for 1-hour. This will allow the granola to firm up and make it easier to cut. Once an hour has passed, take the baking sheet out and lift the parchment paper/granola out.

 

CPG7All that’s left is to cut and wrap with plastic wrap 🙂 I was able to get 14 bars out of mine.

 

CPG8Now, wrap and put in a ziplock baggy. Or you can do what my daughter and I did and start sampling them! You can store these on your counter or in the refrigerator, it’s up to you. They should last longer in the refrigerator. But, let’s be honest.. you’re going to eat them up so quick, you won’t have to worry about that 😉

 

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Enjoy!
// Karissa <3

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