Peanut butter chia seed granola bars

plastic wrapped granola bar on a wooden surface

Today on the blog, an easy granola bar that's just as easy to customize. It sticks together really well and isn't too sweet. 

ingredients on the counter with a large empty stainless steel bowl






















bowl containing oats, chia seeds, sunflower seedsPrep time: 20 mins
Chill time: 1 hour
Yield: 14 bars

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups crisped rice cereal (I use Nature's Path)
  • 1 1/4 cups large flake oats 
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (loose)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder 

Instructions
  1. Line a 8 X 12 baking dish with wax paper. Tape down the sides to keep it from moving around. 
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside
  3. In a medium stock pot on low heat combine honey, brown sugar and peanut butter.
  4. Add dry to wet and mix well. It will be a little hard to stir.
  5. Once mixed, press firmly into the prepared dish. Use slightly dampened fingers. For uniform flatness, I use a large metal lid to press it down.
  6. Put in the fridge to chill for an hour. 
  7. When firm, cut into bars. Wrap with plastic wrap.

glass baking tray lined with wax paper and taped in place on sides



















stockpot with wet and dry ingredients being mixed with a spatula



















glass dish with pressed down granola bar batter




















cut granola bars in a glass baking dish
Makes about 12 bars. Keeps 2 weeks in the fridge. 

Other options to try out:
  • sesame seeds
  • pepita seeds
  • chopped almonds
  • hemp hearts
  • almond butter

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