Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Let me just say that I am lucky to even have a picture of these….that is how fast they disappear at my house!  The Hubs and The Dude can go through a pan in just a few days, so I end up making these at least once a week.  I use my Creamy Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter in them, and they are awesome!

This is one of those recipes that I get asked about a lot.  I started with this recipe as my jumping off point and went to town on making it my own by adding peanut butter and adjusting the other ratios.  But the best part is that I was able to make them both gluten and dairy free so no tummy issues for my boys!  Score one for me!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

1 cup honey cinnamon peanut butter (or regular creamy peanut butter)
1/4 cup butter (or dairy free alternative)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups GF old fashioned oats
1 cup GF crispy rice cereal
Mini GF/DF chocolate chips

In a sauce pan, combine peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and honey on medium-low just until is starts to bubble. Meanwhile, combine the oats and the cereal in a large bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over the oats and cereal and stir to combine.

Spread into a well-greased 9 x 9 pan and push down until even throughout. Top with chocolate chips and place into the refrigerator to cool.

Once cooled, cut into bars. They are best if they are kept in the refrigerator as they can get crumbly if they are kept out at room temperature for too long.

Creamy Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

You will quickly catch on that I have a thing for cinnamon. I love the way it smells, I love the way it tastes, pretty much I love everything about it.  If I can find a way to add it to a recipe, I will.  So when I looked into making my own peanut butter, I knew I would be adding in some cinnamon flavor.

Peanut butter is one of those things that is so unbelievably easy to make that you will wonder why you didn’t start earlier.  At its most basic recipe (here), all you need is a jar of unsalted peanuts and a good food processor; that’s it!  Dump those peanuts in and let the food processor do its magic.  After 5-7 minutes, you will have homemade creamy peanut butter without all of the extra stuff that is in the store-bought versions!  And once you get the method down, it’s easy to experiment with flavors to find what you love; like me with this honey cinnamon version.   Enjoy!!

Creamy Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 Jar Unsalted Peanuts
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
3 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Oil (optional)

Place the unsalted peanuts into a food processor.  Turn it on high and begin to grind peanuts, stopping to push down the ground peanuts as needed. After 5 minutes or so, add the cinnamon, salt, honey, and oil (if using) and blend another 2 minutes until creamy and well mixed. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.