Thursday, April 24, 2014

Copycat Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

If you've been trying to find the perfect granola bar recipe for your whole life, if you've been dreaming of a fat chewy, chocolatey bar from heaven, you can finally lay your weary head to rest. This is the answer to your prayers.

I first developed the recipe back in 2011. I've made them approximately one bajillion times since. I get requests for them so much in fact, that I decided it was time for a revival, a fresh new post with fresh new photos. You all must know the glory of the most delicious granola bars on the planet.

So make them now, and learn what every granola bar aspires to be.

Seriously, right now. Go.

    • Chewy and Crispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
      (For the gluten free version, click here)

    • 1 2/3 cup rolled oats
    • 1 cup Rice Krispies
      1/3 cup flour
      1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
      2/3 cup brown sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      1/2 cup melted butter
    • 2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter (creamy is fine too)
      1/3 cup honey
      1 cup chocolate chips (I used regular semi-sweet, but you can use whatever you like)
    • Optional: Some mini chocolate chips for sprinkling over the top at the end

      Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.
    • Line a 9x13 inch pan with greased parchment paper. Leave some paper hanging over the edge so that the bars will be easier to remove from the pan.
      Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. 
    • Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.
      Bake for about half an hour or until the edges are golden brown. Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top if desired. 
    • Cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.

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  1. What would you use to substitute for peanut butter? Marshmallows?

  2. These are f**king delicious. I made them for my kids but I am not ashamed to admit I ate almost half the tray. The proportions are perfect, don’t change a thing in that respect.

    I did change one ingredient though. I used a pea-protein based vanilla protein powder in place of the flour. They stayed together pretty well (the same as Quaker chewy bars).

    I thought I would keep them in the fridge but they got really hard (probably the butter and peanut butter) so I just kept them in an airtight Tupperware on the counter and they lasted about 4 days (because we ate them all, not because they went bad or anything).

    Cook time was on the nose for my convection oven that automatically puts the oven down 25 degrees. The slightly crispy edges are the best part *drool*.