Hey ya’ll! Miss me? Yes, yes, I know I’ve been MIA for a while… hopefully ya’ll have caught the good news and checked out my awesome, fantastical YOUTUBE CHANNEL! Yes, that’s right kids, if you haven’t, you’re missing out! It’s gonna be full of all sorts of mishaps, adventures, and FOOD! Cause, ya know… I have a food/lifestyle blog. It only makes sense right?
I’m sure that’s not what caught your eye though. Yea, you want these granola bars. Well, get in line cause so does everyone else! Or, uhm, you could totally just make them. Cause they’re stupid easy. I came up with this recipe because the boyfriend has a slight peanut butter obsession and in my never ending battle to get him to eat healthy, I was growing tired of him snacking on chips and any other junk food I was fighting to keep out of the house.
“Fine, you want a sweet/salty snack? I’ll MAKE one! And it will be at least halfway healthy and you’ll LIKE it!”
That’s generally how our conversations end when we get into arguments about his eating habits. He knows the look now. I’ve learned very much in this relationship that I have a much harder time keeping my facial expressions under check than I think I ever realized. In all fairness, the kid can go through an entire bag of jalapeno kettle chips in a matter of minutes; it really is fascinating.
So the first time I made these I actually had to hide them in the freezer, behind the vegetables where he would NEVER find them unless he was legitimately interested in roasting some broccoli, which, let’s be honest, would never happen. This is the same person that I have to sneak in some kinda of somewhat tasteless veggie into just about anything I make for him to get him to eat anything green. I’ve gotten to be very good at that, but that’s for another post, another day. Anyway, he couldn’t keep his hands out of the proverbial cookie jar! They only lasted about a week because I hid them, otherwise they probably would have been gone in two days! I took some to work, as did he, and everyone keeps asking for the recipe… so I should probably get on with it, huh?
Before I do, I kinda wanna take a minute to give a shout out to Smucker’s. This is NOT a sponsored post, but I feel like it should be. Guys it is legit DIFFICULT to find a peanut butter out there that is JUST PEANUTS. Sometimes I’m amazed at how many additives are in foods, but I never thought peanut butter would be so difficult. Between the added sugar, palm oil or other hydrogenated oils, it’s sad how much companies try to sneak stuff in that really isn’t necessary. When I found the Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter was ONLY peanuts and salt, I was sold. The boyfriend is kind of particular with this stuff and wasn’t a fan of my usual Lucky’s buy because it’s fresh ground and a little too gritty for him. So seriously, HATS OFF to you Smucker’s; keep on truckin’!
Anyway, let’s get this party started!
2/3 cup of softened coconut oil
2/3 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of honey
2 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
Let me preface this by saying, you don’t need a fancy mixer to make these, but I was super excited to use my pretty, new Kitchen-Aid so I took advantage! So, first mix the honey, coconut oil and peanut butter, just to make sure it all gets evenly distributed.
Then, just mix in your oats!
Line a baking pan of your choice (I used a 5×9) with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting and serving.
Bam! Granola bars! So simple, it’s almost silly! They’ll even keep in the fridge for a month but they probably won’t last that long (especially if you have kids!).
Wanna make it vegan!: Swap out honey for agave syrup!
Wanna sweeten the deal some? Add half a cup of chocolate chips!
Wanna lower the fat? Use almond butter!
- 2/3 cup of softened coconut oil
- 2/3 cup of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 2 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- First mix the honey, coconut oil and peanut butter, just to make sure it all gets evenly distributed.
- Then, just mix in your oats!
- Line a baking pan of your choice (I used a 5x9) with parchment paper and refrigerate for 1 hour before cutting and serving.