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My 3pm Fix: Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter Granola Bars | Healthy Snack Ideas | The New Baguette

Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter Granola Bars


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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars
  • Category: Snack

Description

A healthier version of one of my favorite store-bought snacks, Nature Valley peanut butter granola bars. All you need are 6 ingredients you probably already have on-hand.


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8” baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhang, and lightly grease the paper with coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, combine the honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, flaxseed meal, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt. Briefly heat over a low flame while stirring, just until the mixture is slightly thinned out and pourable, 30-60 seconds. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, place ½ cup of the oats and process on high speed until finely ground. Transfer to a large bowl and add the remaining 1 ½ cups rolled oats. Add the coconut oil mixture (briefly warm it again if it is no longer pourable) and stir the mixture together until thoroughly combined.
  4. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and spread to cover the bottom. Lightly grease the bottom of another 8×8” baking dish (or a loaf pan, or anything else with a flat bottom) and press on the mixture to flatten it out. Sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Once no longer warm to the touch, lift the bars out of the baking dish using the parchment paper overhang. Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 bars or 16 small squares. Store in a dark, cool place in an airtight container for 7-10 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 bars
  • Calories: 366
  • Fiber: 5.4 g
  • Protein: 8.8 g