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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I’ve got a great snack recipe for you guys today! When I was a kid, Chewy bars were a staple lunch item. For some reason I didn’t like them. I don’t know if they were too sweet or what but I never really liked eating my Chewy bar! I was surfing my WordPress dashboard and saw a recipe from Bakerlady for some homemade Chewy-type bars. I looked over the recipe and directions and decided to try it!  Store bought granola bars range from 90-140 calories, but the ingredients aren’t exactly the healthiest. This recipe, while more calories than a store bought granola bar, have healthier ingredients in them and are way yummier!

I made a few substitutions, so I’ll list my ingredients, but in order to give credit where it is due, you can find the directions (and the original recipe) here.

 

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No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars

Servings: 12

Amount per serving: 150 calories—25g carbs—5g fat—3g protein—14g sugar

 (From Bakerlady)

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce (in the original recipe, this is butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey (original recipe calls for ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter (I used Plantars)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups quick oats (original recipe calls for 2 cups)
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (original recipe calls for ½ cup)
  • ¾ cup chopped pretzels (about 3 handfuls worth of pretzel sticks–then break in half)
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips—chopped (the original recipe calls for ¼ cup mini chocolate chips so you could use those interchangeably…I just didn’t have mini ones!)

Directions

  1. For the directions to this recipe, click here!

 

I was worried that these bars wouldn’t set right without the butter, but I decided to try them anyways. I was pleasantly surprised! They set right and tasted delicious (I think the extra honey helped them set)! The reason I changed measurements for crispy rice and quick oats was a) the calorie count lowered significantly and b) I like the taste and texture of the crispy rice to come out more in my granola bars!

Let me know what you think of these! If you make the original, make sure to tell Bakerlady how they are! She posts some awesome recipes so check out her blog as well!

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