Healthy Snack Recipes: Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

I created these homemade granola bars as a protein-packed healthy snack for my son’s team to eat between games at an Ultimate Frisbee tournament. I felt much better about them eating these all-natural protein-packed treats than commercially prepared and packaged bars.

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Chewy Protein Packed Peanut Butter Granola Squares

Prep (15 min.) + time to chill (60 min.)
15 square bars

3/4 cup honey
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 Tbsp. coconut oil (or use butter)
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
1 cup peanuts
1/4 cup chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the honey, peanut butter and oil and stir until melted together. Remove it from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Spray a 9 x 13 pan, preferably with straight corners, with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Press the mixture into the pan and smooth the top of it. Refrigerate it for at least an hour until it is set. Cut it into 20 squares and serve immediately, store in an air-tight container for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months. (We like to store them in the refrigerator or freezer so they stay firmer.)

Nutritional Information per Serving (% based upon Daily Values) (includes chia): 
Calories 258, Total Fat 14.5g, 22%, Saturated Fat 3.5g, 17.5%, Cholesterol 0mg, 0%, Sodium 71mg, 3%, Carbohydrate 24.5g, 8%, Dietary Fiber 4.5g, 17%, Sugar 14.5g, Protein 7g

Chewy Protein Packed Peanut Butter Granola Squares

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9 thoughts on “Healthy Snack Recipes: Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Aviva says:

Thanks so much for your feedback! I updated the recipe to make the bars firmer and a little lower in sugar and fat and they are still absolutely delicious.

Shannon says:

I also wondered about the sugar nutritional info, since there are something like 16 grams of sugar in one tablespoon of honey.

Aviva says:

Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll ask our RD to recalculate the sugar.

Mary says:

I would like to see a lower fat option. It seems like the fat to protein ratio is pretty high. Only about 1/9 of the recommended daily protein, but almost 1/5 the recommended amount of fat. Also, with 1 cup of honey, how can the sugar content be only 1.5 grams per serving? I agree that with homemade ingredients you are getting better quality of food, but this is higher fat and higher sugar than many of the commercial granola bars

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