To help ease back into the school year, try this simple, but oh-so-delicious granola bar recipe. These bars only call for five main ingredients and are nutrient-packed with oats and peanut butter. But don’t worry, the honey and chocolate chips make sure they are fun, too. These come together in a matter of minutes, and don’t even need to be baked!
The star of this recipe is the peanut butter, made by local company Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters. Launched in 2012 by Jamie and Harry Foster, Georgia Grinders strives to make the most delicious and nutritious nut butters available on the market. They don’t use GMO’s, and they produce their nut butters in a facility they own and operate. They make peanut, almond and cashew butters, and carefully source their ingredients.
This recipe uses one of their latest flavors, the “cinnamon-vanilla-peanut-pecan.” A mouthful, but a creamy, slightly sweet yet still natural tasting one. It even uses Georgia grown peanuts and pecans! You can find Georgia Grinders at various farmers markets around town and grocers like Sprouts, The Fresh Market and Kroger. Or, you can order it online at GeorgiaGrinders.com.
These bars will keep in the fridge for about a week, and even longer in the freezer. Simply wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap, for the perfect kid (or adult) on-the-go breakfast treat or snack.
1 ¾ cups quick cooking oats
1 1/3 cups toasted pecan pieces
2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon (optional)
pinch of salt
1 cup Cinnamon-Vanilla-Pecan-Peanut Butter, slightly warmed up (a different peanut butter will be fine)
½ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecan pieces, chocolate chips, spices and salt. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, and combine with a wooden spoon. Stir well, ensuring that all of the oats have been incorporated.
Spread the mixture out in the prepared baking dish and pat down. Make sure everything is snug so it all stays together. Put a piece of parchment paper under a glass for extra help patting the mixture down.
Cover and chill for at least an hour, but ideally overnight. Then, slice and serve. Enjoy!