One of my favorite things to eat as a kid was an open-faced peanut-butter and honey sandwich. These days I don’t even need the bread. Just a large spoonful of peanut butter, a glob of honey, a little stir in a bowl, and I’m good. Given how much I love the flavor combination, I thought I would try my hand at making some granola bars with these favorites. A little oatmeal, a little butter, a little peanut butter, a little honey, a 350° oven, and presto, hey these are good! I’ve been eating a couple bars for breakfast every morning and a couple for afternoon snacks. Who knew? Easy.
If you make your own granola bars and have a favorite, please tell us about it in the comments.
Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars Recipe
These granola bars are on the soft (versus crunchy) side. If you want, after cutting them you can put them back in the oven at 300°F for 10 more minutes to make them a little firmer.
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (can use chunky if you want, will result in a more crumbly bar)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups Old Fashioned oatmeal oats (do not use instant or steel cut)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
1 Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper, so that the parchment paper extends over the edges of the pan. Set rack in the oven to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 Take 1/2 cup of the oatmeal oats and pulse them in a food processor until finely ground. Place these ground oats with the remaining oatmeal, and the cinnamon in a bowl and stir until combined. (You can skip this step if you don't have a food processor. Just proceed with the recipe with the full amount of oats.)
3 Either with a stand mixer or by hand with a whisk, beat the egg white until frothy. Beat in the honey. Beat in the peanut butter. Add the oat cinnamon mixture. Pour the melted butter over everything and stir until well combined. Stir in the raisins.
4 Spread the mixture over the bottom of the parchment paper-lined baking dish in an even layer.
5 Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes, until nicely browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Use a sharp knife to cut into 12-16 bars. Return to the oven, lower the heat to 300°F and bake for 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
Let cool completely before eating. Cooling is important for the bars to set, otherwise, they may be a bit too crumbly.
Yield: Makes 12 to 16 bars.