Try these easy, wholesome, yummy homemade chewy granola bars for a satisfying snack or a delicious breakfast!
These chewy, peanut buttery, gluten free homemade granola bars are much more satisfying than the pre wrapped store bought ones! I have purchased the store bought ones in the past for my kids and these bars are much more filling, contain Whole Foods, no preservatives, and are much more delicious. Plus, they are easy to whip up and bake up in 12 – 15 minutes. Ditch those store bought ones and make these, they taste soooo much better!
These bars can be customized to what your tastes are. You can use any nut butter that you like. If you are allergic, try Sun Butter. Here are some different mix in ideas:
- Overripe bananas, mash with a fork and blend in
- Nuts (peanuts or almonds would be so good!)
- Seeds (sunflower, flax, chia, sesame, and more!)
- Protein powder (reduce oats or it may be too dry)
- Dried cranberries, raisins, apricots, blueberries, banana chips, cherries, strawberries, chopped dates, chopped figs, or any other type of dried fruits, or citrus zest
- Various fruity, sweet, and crunchy cereals mixed in.
- Different decadent chocolates or candies. Dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate, semi-sweet, white, peanut butter chips, toffee bits, caramel bits, mini chocolate chips, mint chips, butterscotch, Chocolate coated candies, chocolate coated sunflower seeds, the list goes on and on!
- Mini marshmallows, plain or fruity
- Sesame stick pieces or pretzel pieces
- 3 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey, or agave, I used a mix of half maple syrup and half Monk Fruit Maple Syrup)
- A splash of pure vanilla extract
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Bakers semi-sweet chocolate chips), plus an additional 1/2 cup of chips to sprinkle on after baking, if you prefer
- Any additional add ins that you prefer, see above for yummy ideas!
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Combine all wet ingredients in the bowl, then mix in oats, salt, and chocolate chips (or other add ins you choose).
- Transfer to a parchment lined pan (I used a brownie pan 9 x 9 size.).
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 cup of chocolate chips when hot out of the oven. Once the chips are melted, spread the chocolate over the granola bars.
- Let cool, pull parchment out of pan and slice in squares or rectangles.
- Store in an airtight container.
I hope you enjoy these granola bars! Please let me know what your favorite mix in ingredients would be! Next time I make these I am adding in some pretzel pieces.
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