Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars

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Homemade granola bars with peanut butter, honey, oats, and golden raisins.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 to 16 bars

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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.

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  • jjmcgaffey

    I’ve seen one granola bar recipe (on KAF?) that said if you use sugar it will be crunchy and if you use corn syrup it will be chewy. I didn’t actually make those, so can’t say for sure it works, but it makes sense. And it looks like honey/agave/other liquids are in the middle.

  • Nygil Murrell

    I really liked these bars but I was wondering if somebody could suggest a way to make them a tad bit moister? I like how chewy they are, but I wasn’t sure if adding more butter, or including the egg yolk as well would make them less dry (I’m hoping to get my 3 year-old to eat them :-) Thanks so much!

  • Andrea C

    hi. these are in the oven as we speak (they smell amazing!), but I’m wondering what’s the best way to store them? just on in airtight container? how long do they keep? thanks!

  • Matthew Sarro

    Hey! I love the recipe – I’m thinking about making these for the holidays – how well do they keep? They’ll probably be going into gift baskets to be given Christmas day.

    Good question. I left them out on a plate for several days and they were fine. So perhaps they would be like cookies, if you packed them in an airtight container, like a cookie box, they would be fine for giving as gifts. ~Elise

  • Kelly Jo

    This recipe looks so good, I’m running home to make them right after work. I am wondering what happens if you were to use quick cook or steel cut, both of which I have at home.

    Steel cut takes almost 10 times as long to cook as Old Fashioned for regular oatmeal, so it wouldn’t work in this recipe. I think instant oatmeal would end up as mush in this recipe. As for quick oats? probably would work. ~Elise

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