Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Continuing on my kick of homemade stuffs (we’ll see how long I can actually keep this up), I made up a batch of Peanut Butter Granola Bars not too long ago. Surprisingly, the bambino LOVED them…Usually he’s pretty neutral when it comes to granola or granola bars. But he’s repeated requested these for snacks and breakfasts, so I think I have a winner on my hands with this recipe.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I like them because the recipe makes a lot. I tried to cut them standard granola bar sized, and I got 18, I think? We’re down to our last one, and I never counted how many I ended up with. No matter.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Not having tried myself, I would assume you could make these with the nut or seed butter of your choice–But again, I haven’t done that, so I don’t know if the different fat contents would affect the “chewiness” of these. But it’s worth a try. The next time I make them, I want to try almond butter.

Yield: 18-20

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2/3 C crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 C light corn syrup
  • 1/3 C butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 C oat bran
  • 1 1/4 C wheat bran
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9-inch pan with foil, allowing a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides, and spray generously with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in the oats, oat bran, wheat bran, sesame seeds, and salt, making sure everything is evenly coated and well-combined.

Press the mixture into the prepared baking pan, and bake 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

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I might also throw in some chopped almonds or pecans, and use almond extract in place of the vanilla. Some dried cranberries would be good too, with all the almonds. Just a thought!

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