Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
24 bars
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup (1-stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted, *see Cook's Note
  • 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
Directions

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 7 by 10 3/4-inch nonstick baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. Lay a 6 by 18-inch piece of parchment paper in the pan, allowing the excess paper to hang over the sides. Spray the parchment paper lightly with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, using a hand beater, beat the egg white until frothy. Stir in the peanut butter, brown sugar, and honey. Add the melted butter, oats and almonds. Stir to combine, then add the chocolate chips.

Using a rubber spatula, spread mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing lightly to form an even layer. Bake until the edge of the mixture begins to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 1 hour. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares and serve.

*Cook's Note: To toast almonds, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.


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    These were terrible. Soggy, fell apart and not very healthy. Everyone who gave it a good rating changed the recipe in many ways. If you have to do that how can you rate this recipe as written. Do not waste your ingredients.
    Very good. Thank you.
    These were fantastic. After reading the reviews, I did make a few adjustments which made them healthier and I had no issues with crumbling whatsoever. I only used 3T of butter, only 1/4 C brown sugar, and used a little extra PB. I used the bottom of a glass to press the mixture into the bottom of the pan before baking. I baked the bars for 20 minutes instead of 15. I also made sure not to touch the bars until they had cooled for a little over an hour. When I cut them, they stayed together wonderfully and everyone enjoyed the bars greatly. I will definitely make these again.
    can't wait to make this again it was so easy taste great & healthy too
    I made these for my family but added Raisins, dried apricots, cranberries and wheat germ everyone love it.. I tried to make another recipe but everyone asked for me to make this one again,, It's my families favorite.. So glad I found a simple granola recipe. We top pancakes with it and also eat it with yogurt. Delicious..
    I read all the ratings and comments and decided I really wanted to try these anyway. They came out fantastic. I used 2/3 of a stick of butter but I didnt melt it, I used room temperature butter and I also used fresh peanutbutter from our local Whole Foods store. I pressed them into a greased pan instead of on parchment paper and I pressed them firmly in pan with wax paper from the top. I baked in our range which is gas for 18 min. I let cool completely and cut them into heavenly bars that we enjoyed for days. I would say maybe not melting the butter or try using room temp butter because they were delicious and well worth time and effort!
    Addictive!! I've made this recipe a couple dozen times already!
     
     I only use 1 tbsp of butter and it still tastes great. A stick of butter makes it more like oatmeal cookies, not granola bars.
     
     I also cut the brown sugar to 1/4 cup.
     
     You have to press it down hard while covered with wax paper or parchment paper, then remove it. I use the bottom of a measuring cup (1-cup size. Then bake it for 20 minutes maximum. Refrigerate until cool, cut into bars, and that seems to hold it together perfectly. There are some crumbs, but that's the best part of getting to cut them!
     
     I have gotten my whole family hooked on these bars and they make them weekly! We absolutely love them and can't stop eating them! Surprisingly, we haven't gained any weight. I don't feel guilty eating them after making those small changes.
     
     
     
     
     
    The recipe was good. I followed other's suggestions and used just 1 T of butter. Partially for texture and partially because, let's face it, this is supposed to be a healthy snack and the is A LOT of butter for such a small recipe. Also I used raisins instead of almonds because my daughter has a tree nut allergy. She loved them and has had one for breakfast, lunch and dinner today!
    Actually, I used this recipe as a base. I used coconut oil in place of butter, honey only, for sweetener, added unsweetened shredded coconut and pieces of pretzels for a salty element. I eyeball measured everything so it's very forgiving in that aspect. way better than store-bought and I know EXACTLY what's in it. I will cut back on the honey in the future and for me, it will be just perfect.
    My kids love these. I cut down on the butter and add about 1/3 cup raisins and take out the almonds. Also, I cook it about 5 minutes longer than the directions called for, and I let the pan sit in the refridgerator for a couple of hours. They cut into bars perfectly after the time spent in the refridgerator. Absolutely delicious!
    Very gooeey and sugary. WAY TOO Sugary & buttery
    they were delicious! the only problem, like others said, was that it didn't stay together,so i crumbled it up and used it as granola instead. the flavor though was fantastic!
    These should not really be called granola "bars" since they do not stay in bar form. They are very soft and fall apart after a second of holding them. Very tasty though... better crumbled on to of yogurt or ice cream. These do not travel well and were difficult for my 3 year old to eat.
    I loved this recipe, it was super easy and tasted great! I only used about 1 tbs of butter after reading the reviews and it worked out perfectly. It was a bit crumbly so next time I make these bars I am going to add extra peanut butter to hold it together better.
    I just made these granola bars exactly as the directions stated. Although they are still warm, I couldn't help sneaking a taste. They are very soft, so I can understand why people decided to reduce the amount of butter. Having said this, I believe these would make a wonderful dessert if you took a scoop of hot or warm granola mixture and topped it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream with either raspberry sauce or chocolate sauce. Yummm.  
    I am sure once they are completely cooled, they will harden up a little, but not quite what I was expecting. Not bad, just not what I expected from a granola bar.  
    I will make these again because they were simple and my two little boys enjoyed helping dump in the ingredients. Now that they are getting older (2 .5 and 3.5 I like to try in include them in our meal preparations.
    These granola bars have a great flavor. The whole family loves them. They do tend to fall apart. I decreased the butter and increased the baking time a little bit after reading other reviews. Wrapping them individually and putting them in the freezer seemed to help them stay together.
    I love recipes that are easy enough for my kids to make with just a little help. They like to do everything themselves with little help and these are it. My kids loved these. Had a hard time getting them in the oven. Will be making these again.
    I only had to bake these bars for an additional five minutes and followed the recipe exactly. The taste was fine but they were on the crumbly side. No need to make these bars again.
    I really enjoyed these, but replaced 1/2 cup of the oats with whole wheat pastry flour. Its not the traditional granola method but they held nicely, and the texture is great. Definitely will make them again.
    I made these last night with my 8 yo son we used walnuts (that's what my guys like and we added dried cherries and coconut. They are a huge hit, my son took some to grandpa's house with him this morning to share his work :- I did have to put them back in the oven for a bit longer, next time I'll leave them in the oven after I turn it off.... but otherwise perfect!!! These will be a constant around this house, Thanks Giada!!!!
    I made this recipe without the additional nuts and I added shaved coconut. Very tasty. I'll be eating on these granola bars for awhile. Definitely agree that they need to be cooked a little longer, though I do like them to be a little chewy.
    These granola bars are fantastic. They are chewy, moist and have a great taste. The receipe is very easy to make and I followed it exactly. I cooked them as directed but the bars were not real formed. I think they need to cook a little more than 15 minutes. Otherwise, this is a winner and I will keep making these granola bars. They can not be beat.
    While visiting our daughter and her family last week, she made these granola bars for dessert one evening. They are simply delicious!!!
    I loved the flavor of these bars, but will definitely cut back on the butter like the other reviewers suggested. I would also suggest baking them longer than the 15 minutes. My bars came out really, really soft.
    I have made these granola bars so many times! I love them! They are perfect for snacking, and for breakfast! I play soccer, and these bars give me the energy that I need to make it through practice. I love the flavor that the toasted almonds add to them, as well as the deep taste that the chocolate contributes~will definitely continue making!
    I love this granola bar recipe. The only thing I would recommend is to cut down the butter. The recipe calls for a 1/2 cup, but I only added a 1/4 cup when I made it last time. It was better, but you could only add 1/8 of a cup and it would still be good! Thanks Giada!
    My 9-year-old daughter used this recipe for her 4-H cooking project judging. She did very well with it. We love this recipe. It is very easy and uses simple ingredients. Best of all, it is delicious and mostly good for you. With the exception of the stick of butter and choc chips the recipe is very nutritious.
     
     After reading the other reviews, I will cut the butter by half the next time I make these bars.
    These are fantastic! I have made these a few times. Always great. Most recently I changed them up a bit to suit myself & what I had on hand. Used a whole egg. Can't see a need to separate it or beat it with a mixer. A whisk is simpler. Used whole toasted almonds & roasted peanuts, splenda brown sugar,creamy peanut butter & added raisins. AWESOME!
    They were so good and so easy!!
    I made these the next day, and my whole family loved them.. Very simple.
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