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Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars


Seems like forever since the last #chocolateparty, but it has only been a month!  Maybe because I made my December edition early in November, I was just so excited for mint and chocolate together!  This month has proven harder for me though.  This month the theme is coconut.  See, I don’t like coconut.  There in lies the problem.  But I got creative, and these granola bars are awesome!

I may not like coconut, but I do like using coconut oil.  Not sure if it is a texture thing or what, but I just can’t do shredded coconut.  I have made granola bars using coconut oil in the past, but they needed to be done again.  And healthier, and better.

If you do like coconut, adding shredded coconut to these would be a great edition.  Or chopped nuts, if that’s how you role.  I decided I needed to get rid of the mini marshmallow bites that were in my pantry, so I added those.  Not very many though, only 1/4 of a cup, so I am still going to consider these good for you.  My son has already had 2 of them today, he loves them!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
 
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Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 Tbls wheat germ
  • ½ cup flax meal
  • ¼ cup mini marshmallow bites
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 inch baking dish with foil. Set aside.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil until melted. Stir frequently.
  3. In a bowl mix together oats, wheat germ, flax meal, and marshmallow bites. Pour melted peanut butter mixture over the oats, and stir well to combine. Dump mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using a spatula sprayed with non stick spray, press down gently. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top, and gently press into the bars. Let set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Store in an air tight container in the fridge.

 

This post is linked to Buns In My Oven What’s Cookin’ Wednesday

 

Comments

  1. Oooh, love these!! I posted granola bars today too and was thinking of all the variations I could try. These are definitely going on the list :)

  2. These sound delicious, with or without the coconut! :) Of course, you can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

  3. A great way to use coconut with chocolate. I love these! Coconut can taste a bit soapy sometimes.

  4. My husband would inahle these. He loves granola bars!

  5. These look so good and cost pennies to the dollar compared to the ones I buy at the store. Great job. :)

  6. Wow, look at these! They look great. And they are pretty darn healthy. But marshmallow bites? Aww. We don’t have those here!

    I love your blue table! :)

  7. These are great! I don’t like shredded coconut, or anything coconut flavored either! I have a jar of coconut oil in my pantry, but haven’t worked with it yet. Perhaps I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  8. I love coconut, so I’ll definitely be trying these with some shredded coconut! :)

  9. my favorite flavor combination of all time! these look great!

  10. Your granola bars look and sound amazing! Nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate together! Yum!

  11. Such a great idea to make your own granola bars, I love this flavor combo!

  12. Love all your ingredients – these must be quite yummy!

  13. Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations and your granola bars look fantastic!

  14. I love granola bars! And, that these involve the peanut butter and chocolate combo!

  15. Erin….these look scrumptious! I know that most either love or hate coconut. I love it. But for you….using the coconut oil was a perfect way to go! Love your pictures and your styling…very pretty! : )

  16. Love these Erin! I have got to make granola bars-they look so good;-)

  17. I love these homemade granola bars! the addition of pb just makes me want to devour them all!

  18. Impressive! I could eat several of these little delights. They look divine!

  19. Well, I’m the opposite because I can’t get enough coconut!! I am pretty new to coconut oil,but I have some on hand and didn’t think to use it for granola bars. I need to try these out – they sound great!

  20. Ohhh I love coconut. This month’s ingredient was right up my ally. Oh… and I am making these as I type! I’ll post a pic of my results :) Your’s look fab.

  21. Erin, I think it’s time you started your own line of granola bars! I love using coconut oil as well.

  22. Looks delicious! I would so love to try some.

  23. I’ve seen so many recipes lately using coconut oil it makes me want to run out right now and buy some. These granola bars look amazing! I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars for years but have never gotten around to it. I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it.

  24. I am a fan of coconut so I would love these! They look wonderful :)

  25. Coconut oil is my new baking BFF. These are gorgeous bars!

  26. Homemade granola bars are the best. I love coconut oil, what a great idea to add it to these bars. Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party

  27. These sound heavenly! I make my own granola but have been meaning to figure out how to make granola bars as well.

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