Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I’m not sure if its the fact that I’m at school all day and I actually just get hungry, or maybe I always just feel like eating at school because I’m bored of class? No idea… I just know I always feel like munching on something. I’ve been bringing Quaker brand granola bars to school lately, but after eating them, I always feel the need to down a cup of water to wash them down because they are soo sweet and packed with sugar. Anyways, I wanted to find an alternative school snack that would satisfy my hungerrr and not be too overly sweet.

Found the solution: peanut butter granola bars.

These bars are really great. Fast, easy, & delicious. Plus they cut nicely into small squares/ rectangles (for easy transportation), have a slightly chewy texture w/ crunchy almond chunks AND they aren’t as sweet as the commercial brand bars (nor do they have all that extra additive/preservative stuff!).

Tweaked from a Martha Stewart recipe

  • 1 large egg white
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang at 2 opposite ends. In a large bowl, combine oats, WW flour, almonds and cranberries.

2) In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, cinnamon, salt and 1 tablespoon water and microwave for 30 seconds.
3) Stir and microwave for another 20 seconds or until sugar has dissolved. Let cool slightly; whisk in egg white. Pour over oat mixture; stir until moistened. Spread evenly in bottom of pan; smooth top.

4) Bake until top is firm, about 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Lift out of pan, using paper as handles. Let cool completely, cut into bars with serrated knife.

This basic recipe can also be tweaked to fit your personal preferences. For instance, you could add seeds, different grains, or even substitute the peanut butter for some other nutter butter. Wayyy better than the commercial granola bars =]

*Update – tried this recipe using 1 C puffed red wheat cereal, 3/4 C old fashioned oats, and omitted the WW flour. It turned out much lighter/ less dense compared to the original recipe.. reminds me of kashi bars

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