Crunchy peanut butter granola bars on parchment paper

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack


Here is a healthier version of one of my favorite store-bought snacks, Nature Valley’s crunchy peanut butter granola bars. All you need are 6 ingredients you probably already have on-hand. If you have leftover tahini, you may use that instead of the peanut butter. (This recipe has been updated since its original September 2017 version).



  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter OR tahini
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (ground flaxseeds) OR chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coarse sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8” baking dish (See Note) with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhang, and lightly grease the paper with coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. Place the oats in a large bowl.
  3. In a small pot, combine the honey, peanut butter, oil, flaxseed meal, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Briefly heat over a low flame, stirring frequently, just until the mixture is combined and pourable, 30-60 seconds.
  4. Pour the honey mixture into the bowl with the oats and stir until the oats are evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Using a spatula and/or your hands, firmly press the mixture into the dish to flatten it into a single layer. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  5. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, until just barely golden.
  6. 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 an airtight container for up to 7 days.


This recipe was developed using a ceramic baking dish. If you plan to use a metal dish, the bars may take less than 20 minutes since metal heats up faster than ceramic. If the bars are over-baked, they may crumble upon slicing.


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