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Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Homemade peanut butter oat bars, better than storebought

Compare the ingredients list in this recipe to what you’ll find in store-bought granola bars, and you’ll never go back! If you prefer to avoid chocolate chips, try cacao nibs. Avoid the temptation of cutting these before they have cooled. If you cut them too soon, they will turn into a crumbly (but delicious) mess.

Peanut butter oat bars
Peanut Butter Oat Bars

It depends on the ingredients used to make the bar. Many granola bars contain processed ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives. However, some brands are made from all-natural ingredients such as oats, nuts, and dried fruit, so they are not processed.

Here are some ingredients used in processed granola bars. Make sure to stay away from them:

  • Processed sugars in many different forms: chocolate, brown rice sugar, glucose, corn syrup, and plain ol’ bleached white sugar.
  • Puffed rice or corn, rice flour
  •  Palm oil
  •  Fructose and cane syrup
  • Look at the macros: 80 calories from fat, 50 grams of cholesterol, 210 grams of salt, and 14 grams of sugar. 
  • Processed soy and many other nasty ingredients

To keep processed ingredients out of your kitchen, here is a simple recipe for your own bars:

Peanut Butter Oat Bar Recipe

Homemade PB Oat Bars
(Makes 16 servings)

  • 3 cups (240 g) rolled oats
  • ¾ cup (190 g) natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • ⅓ cup (110 g) honey or maple syrup 
  • ½ cup (120 g) mini chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs 
  • Pinch of sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350ºF/177ºC and line a 9×9 inch (23×23 cm) baking dish with parchment paper.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.

Transfer the mixture to a baking dish & press it into the pan to form an even layer.

Bake for 14-17 minutes. It’s done when the center feels firm(ish), and the edges are becoming brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a rack before slicing into 16 squares. 

Try not to eat them all at once! 

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