Skip the store-bought snacks and whip up a family favorite recipe for soft and chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars.

Holding a Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bar with more granola bars in the background

As I near the final countdown to baby #2’s arrival, I’ve got one craving and one craving only on my mind: all things chewy!

It may seem odd to crave a texture rather than a taste, but there’s just something about chewy foods that has driven both of my pregnancies. Baby #1 was all about the…

Three rows of Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars on wood background

bagels! And with just a few short weeks left until we meet our newest addition, Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars have been on the regular rotation at our house.

Much like their culinary cousin, Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, this DIY snack steers clear of any crispiness in favor of every element I’ve ever known a spectacular granola bar to encompass: chewy, chewy, chewy andddd more chewiness.

Large glass bowl with peanut butter, honey, egg, oil and vanilla extract with a handheld beater

I like a granola bar that you can really sink your teeth into. These bars satisfy every chewy craving imaginable, with the added bonus that they’re packed with peanut butter for some good ol’ fashioned protein.

A glass bowl containing oat mixture with peanut butter chips and mini chocolate chips

The p.b. flavor is courtesy of both the creamy good stuff and peanut butter chips. Toss in a few chocolate chips for a touch of sweetness and you, too, may be destined to skip the store-bought granola bars for good.

Looking for more DIY granola? Don’t miss my go-to recipe for Easy Homemade Granola that can be customized with all of your favorite chopped nuts and dried fruits for the ultimate make-ahead breakfast-slash-snack.

 

Nonstick baking pan with even layer of Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Skip the store-bought snacks and whip up this easy recipe for soft and chewy homemade peanut butter granola bars studded with mini chocolate chips.
4.74 from 38 votes
Holding a Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bar with more granola bars in the background
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (regular or reduced fat)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 13x9-inch nonstick baking pan with cooking spray. 
  • In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil and vanilla extract with a handheld beater until smooth and creamy.
  • In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar and salt. Add the oat mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir until well combined then stir in the peanut butter chips and mini chocolate chips. 
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan, pressing it into an even layer. 
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely before slicing the granola into bars and serving. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 293kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 168mg, Potassium: 177mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Have been making these for my husband to take to work as a snack bar for a few weeks now and they’re great! He likes them much better than the store-bought alternatives, and I enjoy making them: easy! I did increase the peanut butter to 3/4 cup to add a bit more protein. Thank you, Kelly, for this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I had the page open to make these for a while and finally got to the store to pick up the pb chips and made them yesterday. We like chewy granola bars, too and we loved these. I especially like the dominant peanut butter flavor. My husband has to watch his carbs, so I broke the rule for making “as written” on the first go and decided to decrease the brown sugar by two tablespoons. I suppose I lost a little of the chewy factor along with sweetness, but was still happy with the result. Still… knowing my sweet tooth, I am certain I would personally prefer the full amount of brown sugar. However, it is better to share life’s joys and great treats like these!

  3. 5 stars
    4th time making this recipie! I too replaced the milk chocolate chips with dark chocolate and added 1/3cup shredded coconut. My family scoffs at store bought now! Thank you!

  4. Just took them out of the pan. They are great. I omitted the pb chips and used dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate chips. I also added 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut. Still came out chewy. Will be adding this to my recipe book.

  5. Kelly, If I want to load them up with walnuts, sunflowers seeds, sesame seeds pumpkin seeds ..would I need to adjust the recipe at all? The important part is chewy (and I’m not even pregnant), and peanut butter.

    1. Hi there! I’d keep the proportions the same that the recipe states, but swap out either the PB chips or chocolate chips. My concern with adding more nuts is that you’d want to increase the liquids as well so they aren’t dry/crunchy.

  6. 5 stars
    These are the best granola bars! Usually the ones I make are hard as a rock! I love the chewiness!

    I didn’t have honey so I replaced it with molasses and that worked out great. I’m not a huge honey fan and one of my complaints with granola bars is how the honey is overpowering so this worked. I also didn’t have canola oil so I just used olive oil. And I added a 1/2 cup less oats and put in a 1/2 cup of chocolate protein powder.

    Thanks for the recipe! It was great!

  7. 5 stars
    This is the best granola recipe yet! I tried making granola from two prior recipes that I found and I was not impressed. Glad I gave this one a chance – I will definitely be making this again and again! Thanks!

    1. Hi Mary – You can store the granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

  8. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. Modified it slightly since I had no chocolate chips or peanut butter chips. Used vegetable oil instead of canola oil, and used regular sugar instead of brown sugar. Turned out awesome! I even shared some with my puppy since its all natural and safe for pups.

  9. Hi, can you tell me the nutrition facts,(please don’t forget the fat, saturated fat and added sugar). I am doing this for a school project so wish me luck, thanks.

    1. Hi Jamie – You can find the estimated nutritional info for one serving by clicking on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION.

  10. You wouldn’t happen to have any idea of the fat and sugar average, for a bar, would you? I’m trying to find a better alternative to processed, bulk made, not that healthy, granola bars for my mom. She has high cholesterol and is hypoglycemic, so that’s why I’m asking about that information. I understand if you don’t have it, but I thought I would ask. Thanks

    1. Hi Peter! You can find the estimated nutritional info for one serving by clicking on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION.

    1. Hi Debbie – I haven’t tried this recipe with instant oats as it will alter the texture and density of the granola bars.

  11. 4 stars
    I wanted to make these but didn’t have all the same ingredients. So, I cut the sugar by using granular monk fruit, and used coconut oil instead of canola. Then, I added a mix of chopped mixed nuts and coconut instead of the peanut butter chips. YUMMY. I only gave it 4 stars since I didn’t make it per the recipe so don’t know how that tastes. But I will definitely make these, or some variation, again.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Sarah! Looking forward to hearing more of your combinations/variations!

  12. 5 stars
    I tried probably half a dozen recipes before I found this one, and it’s nearly perfect. I’ve made this recipe 4 or 5 times now and made a couple of adjustments. I use natural creamy peanut butter, and increased the amount from 1/2 to 1/3 cup which makes them hold together better. I also use a mix of honey and maple syrup, and I don’t do a packed 1/2 cup of brown sugar, just a loosely poured cup, which makes the sweetness level great for my family. I also mix up the add-ins, doing mini chocolate chips and chopped up craisins and walnuts. My family loves them!!!

    1. I’m so thrilled you’ve been enjoying the recipe, Meaghan! And I love all of your add-ins!

  13. 4 stars
    These tasted great but fell apart a bit. I will definitely be trying again – probably with a longer bake time (the crispy edges stayed together much better than the soft center) and just chocolate chips as a mix in (I subbed diced dried apricots and slivered almonds – maybe chocolate chips would help everything stick together better).

    1. Hi Cole – I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Here are a few tips for next time: Be sure that you firmly press the oat mixture into the prepared pan, bake them for the designated time and allow the bars to cool completely before slicing. :)

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