Friday, February 1, 2013

Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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The other day my youngest sister was coming through our area and she asked if she could stop by and have lunch with us.  I love it when family comes through.  It's so nice to have a little chat and eat some yummy food (if you're interested--I made this for her :).

She showed up at our door with my favorite pop and some treats for the kiddos (thanks Nat they loved them!).  She brought one for everyone but my kids can't just calmly agree on which one they should get  so I told them that they had to split all of it evenly.

After a few agruments we all cam to an "understanding" and I told them I would use the M&Ms to make them a snack for after school later in the week.

They decided that was great so several days later I made these delicious things.  Like I've said before, we are huge peanut butter fans at our house, so this recipe was perfect for them.  Also it's super easy and super fast.  No baking involved.  The kids loved them (and so did the hubs and I--we might of snuck several pieces). Definitely a keeper, especially for an after school treat.

Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
3/4 cup chopped pretzels, optional
1/4 cup M&Ms or Reese's Pieces

1. Cut out an 8 x 8 inch square of parchment paper. Place the parchment paper in the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.

2. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, add butter, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter. Stir occasionally until mixture starts to boil. Cook for 2 minutes while stirring continously. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

3. Stir in oats, rice crispy cereal, and pretzels (if you are using). Stir until well coated. Add candies (M&Ms or Resses Pieces) and fold gently together. Pour into your prepared pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan.

4. Place the bars in the refrigerator and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Source: The Spiffy Cookie


Beth Baumgartner said...

YUM-O!!! I saw you linked up at Diana's Pin Me party. I just pinned this! I am your newest likes on facebook, following via my blog's page and my personal page! I would squeal (ekkk!) if you like me back Julie!
Beth @ The First Year Blog

Brenda said...

These look & sound delicious! Pinning! Thanks for sharing!! :)

Ruthie Armstrong said...

Oh my... so yummy! Thanks so much for linking up to my Super Saturday Show & Tell today! :) xoxo~ Ruthie

Bonnie Cveykus said...

These sound amazing, I can't wait to try them!

Chandra Sirois said...

Love love love granola bars and that you put m&m's in them!Thanks for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

Emily Thompson said...

yummy! I love granola bars that have candy on them ;o) Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week! Do you sew or know someone who does? I have a fabulous pattern sale (18 patterns for under $25) and giveaway going on right now.

April Tuell said...

I love the fact that you added pretzels to these as well. That sweet and salty combo is always a winner. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

This look really good! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party. I am now following you via GFC, Pinterest & Facebook!

M.J. Powell said...

This looks really good, I love this kind of stuff. I'm going to make this.

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Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

These look amazing!! Thanks for sharing at MOnday Funday!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

These look fantastic! Anything with peanut butter gets my vote! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

jacobcassie said...

These are delicious! We made them for snack this afternoon. How do you store them? I doubled the batch to a 9x13, so we have leftovers. Do they get too hard if stored in the refrigerator? They seem like they'd get too soft and fall apart if left at room temperature...

Jocelyn said...

Peanut butter granola bars sound fabulous! I think my kids would be in heaven if I made these!!!

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