November 17, 2017

Chocolate Chip Peanut Granola Bars

I’m a granola bar junkie.  I admit it.

If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the short list I’ve been compiling over the past year or so of my favorite homemade, healthy versions of the granola bar:

Winter Granola

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Chocolate Granola Bars

Granola Energy Balls

See?  It appears I have a mild addiction, doesn’t it?

Seriously, granola is a very good thing.  Super easy to whip up, and great for keeping on hand for growing little ones.

Here’s the latest.



  1. These sound amazing! Our family has to eat gluten free so I would have to leave out the wheat germ but otherwise I am so excited to try these for my always hungry toddlers! Seriously, I haven’t allowed them to but I have a theory that they would be happy if I let them eat around the clock! 😀 You probably know how that is though!

    – New reader

  2. Yummy! I just posted an adapted version of one of your granola bars today! This looks like another great one to try!

  3. This looks great!! I love peanut butter AND chocolate chips, so I doubt my little preschooler will get his hands on these!!

  4. Hi can I use another oil instead of coconut oil?

  5. I made these tonight. Super yummy! I made a few tweaks to the recipe. First, instead of peanuts, I used almonds and cashews. I chopped them up and actually added 1/4 cup of both (we love nuts!!). I swapped unsalted butter for the coconut oil (since I did not have that on hand). And instead os 1/4c chocolate chips, I used 1/8c chocolate chips and 1/8c peanut butter chips. My kids LOVED them!! 🙂

  6. Stephanie L says:

    I just made these… sooo good! I used natural unsalted crunchy peanut butter, almonds instead of peanuts, and left the wheat germ out (didnt have any). I also added a dash of cinnamon. I don’t think the kids will get any of these 🙂

  7. Jacque Brousseau says:

    I am loving the aroma in my house right now! The bars are cooling in the fridge and I cannot wait to try them. We added a little extra peanut butter and used some extra chunky peanut butter as well. Also added slivered almonds. I didn’t have any wheat germ but I used wheat bran instead. I hope they are moist enough. Thanks so much for posting such a yummy treat. My husband who is at sea in the Coast Guard will be receiving a dozen very soon!

  8. Sounds FABULOUS! Do you use quick oats or old fashioned? Do the oats “cook” with the hot liquid?

  9. Chastity says:

    Muffin tin idea… doesn’t work!!!

  10. I’ve made these several times now and absolutely love them! Thank you!!!!

  11. Love these!! Thanks so much Brandy. My husband says thank you too!
    I just found you, by chance through Pinterest. Thanks for sharing these great recipes.
    These granola bars are AMAZING! Thanks again.

  12. First of all, this is amazing. Thank you for sharing. I am about to make them for what will be our fourth time in probably three weeks… so yummy! One change we made is taking out nuts (only because I don’t have them on hand) and adding dried cranberries as a topping, sprinkled on with the chocolate chips. So yummy! Adds a bit of fruitiness!

  13. I just want to tell you that I found your recipes via pinterest and I’ve made the granola bars a gazillion times. We call them Crack Bars in our house since they’re so addicting! haha. Thanks for some great recipes!

  14. Nichole says:

    Just put these in the freezer! No peanuts, so I used almonds and no wheat germ 🙁 Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Kris Hackbart says:

    I’m getting ready to make these bars, but I only have 3 kids at home, and I’m sure going to need more than one 8×8 pan. I can’t imagine that you make this that small for 8 boys! I’d be doing a 4x batch and using a half-sheet pan!

    Looks great!

  16. I have two things. I have not tried making any of your granola bar recipes yet but they look really good. However, I would suggest that you try making them with a healthier oil. I have read the nutrition label for coconut oil and it is pretty much pure saturated fat. At the very least you should include a healthy substitution for those who want to use your recipe. The healthiest three oils are canola, olive and safflower oil. All three are high in monounsaturated fat and low in saturated fat. This brings me to my second thing. Is it okay to substitute for a different oil? For instance, I am planning on using extra light olive oil when I make them because it is a much healthier option. Please let me know. Basically what I am saying is this, by using coconut oil you take something that is very healthy and make it very unhealthy. I would strongly suggest you make a change and use a different type of oil so that you will have a truly healthy granola bar product.

  17. Okay, so maybe I did not say what I was trying to say the right way but it was rude of you to just delete my comment and not respond to it. I guess someone did already ask you the question I asked. However, I am going to ask it again. Is it possible to use a different oil instead of coconut oil? Coconut oil is almost pure saturated fat and I want to use something healthier. I see that you suggested unsalted butter but event that is high in saturated fat. So, is it possible to use one of the healthy oils, that is canola oil, olive oil and safflower oil? Please respond to my question this time instead of just deleting it. Thanks much!

    • Sorry, maybe my other question is not showing because it is under moderation. Sorry, for jumping the gun with the above comment and question.

    • Hi Colleen. Canola, olive oil, or safflower oil would not taste the same or hold the same consistency. Coconut oil is healthy, and so is real butter. Our bodies need healthy fats and not processed oils.

      • How can you call coconut oil and real butter healthy when they have so much saturated fat? Saturated fat is the bad fat. It is polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats that are good. I simply want to use a good, healthy oil such as olive, canola or safflower. Trust me, those three are much healthier than coconut oil or real butter. Just read the nutrition labels and do some research if you don’t believe me. Perhaps I will just have to settle for trying the one recipe that does not call for coconut oil. Thanks for your response.

  18. I am vegan. Is there something besides honey like Brown Rice Syrup that I can use? Thank you!

  19. I’m going to use this recipe tonight and add a 1/4 cup of hulled hemp seeds. Thank you for the great idea.

    Hope you have a great day

  20. I love these! I created my own version using nutella instead of peanut butter and chocolate chips which I’ve just blogged about over at Beyond The Bathroom Scale. Thank you for the inspiration! (I’ve also linked to your recipe on my post).

  21. I was wondering what I can substitute for Flax.

  22. I could have sworn last time I used this recipe it called for wheat germ. Did you change it?

    • Hmm.. I might have. Since I first began making these, I’ve switched to ground flaxseed. But either will work! 🙂

  23. Just tried these! Was too crumbly to be a granola bar as I didn’t have quite enough peanut butter or coconut oil! But they still taste great and I’ll be able to put it on top of some yogurt for breakfast 🙂 Added some Chia seeds for extra yumminess!


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