Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars

{Pulsa aquí para leer la versión escrita por mamá}

I love granola bars, but they’re either full of nasty stuff I’m not willing to eat, or incredibly pricey… what’s the matter with them, it’s not that they’re made of gold or something! That’s why you should make your own granola bars at home: they’re much cheaper, much tastier and you can control what goes into them and whatnot. Oh! And they’re super easy to make plus you get to eat the mixture before you press it into the pan. All pros, I’d say!

 


 

These, guys, are incredible. The peanut butter chocolate combo is to die for, and the chocolate chunks are HUGE. Now, that’s how I like my bars. Crunchy, chewy and not cloyingly sweet: these are all that I could ever wish for in snack form. And healthy enough to have them for breakfast! If you look at the ingredients list of a storebought one, you’ll be surprised that there’s not a single one that you’d usually have for breakfast or even can pronounce. Yuk! And at least the ones we get here taste like cardboard.

 

 

And don’t get me started on those so called “healthy” ones, I’ve seen them clocking at 50kcal, full of artificial sweeteners and fake stuff. 50kcal?? They’re called energy bars for a reason. What are you supposed to do with 50kcal? Take a nap? I think that even naps burn more calories than that! But these are super full of protein, healthy fats and fiber and will provide you with the necessary energy to carry out grape-harvesting for 8 hours. Obviously, you’ll need more food than a couple of bars, but trust me, these are so helpful! I think they would be awesome to carry with you if you’re running a marathon, so I might make myself a lot of these when I run my first half-one in November. Can’t wait for it!

Have you ever run a marathon or a half-marathon? Is there any important tips I should know?

 

 

By the way, I think I’ve managed to fix the white balance problem *I think*. But you know I’m no master at photography, so these photos might still have an odd color and I haven’t realised… I don’t know, but I think I like them! I’m so in love with the new camera!

 

 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars

Allergy Peanuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups puffed brown rice
  • 1 cup rolled oats (toasted)
  • 1/2 Cup + 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup shelled peanuts
  • 50 Gr. dark chocolate

Directions

1.
Chop the peanuts and chocolate.
2.
Warm peanut butter and honey and pour the on the puffed rice and oats.
3.
Stir to form a cohesive dough and add chopped peanuts and chocolate chunks.
4.
Press into a pan and chill overnight.
5.
Cit into squares and enjoy!

Note

Use already-sweetened puffed rice for sweeter, dessert-like bars and unsweetened puffed rice for breakfast-like bars.

Toasting the oats is up to you, but it takes a couple of minutes and adds so much flavor!

 

I hope you make these and love them!

Consuelo

 

 

73 Comments

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life October 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I really like these photos! They’re some of my favorites! And I TOTALLY agree with you on granola bars … the ones with some nutrients cost a ton and the ones that are cheap have nothing to them. I might as well eat air … or Cheetos:) Peanut butter and chocolate is a favorite combo, I love eating choc/pb oatmeal in the mornings. (recipe coming soon) Thanks for this one, I have to try it!

    • Reply Consuelo October 9, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Aw, really? Thank you so much!
      Yeah, some of them feel like eating air… really expensive air!
      It’s totally an awesome combo! And wow, I can’t wait for your recipe now that the weather has gone a bit cooler and I can enjoy warm oatmeal in the mornings 😉

  • Reply caileejoy@hellohealthyeating.com October 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Yum!! These look so delicious and healthy 🙂 I love that the ingredient list isn’t too long as well!! Just found your blog and it’s so beautiful! Love <3

    • Reply Consuelo October 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so so much! I’m so happy that you like the blog and the bars 😀

  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats October 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    These look yummy…love that you added whole peanuts! beautiful pics too 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      They make a wonderful crunch! Thank you, Amy! x

  • Reply Monica October 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    I agree – some granola bars are so bad for you. I love this peanut butter & chocolate combination. I’ve never tried toasting oats and it sounds like a great idea. This recipe is so simple…love all the natural goodness in it!

    • Reply Consuelo October 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Toasting oats makes them so flavorsome 😉 Thank you so so much, Monica! x

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Oh wow Consuelo! Your granola bars look delicious! You are right, store bought bars have so many unwanted ingredients. Much better to make homemade 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you so much, Christin! And yes, I’d take these over sotrebought anyday! x

  • Reply Dolega October 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    tienen pinta de ser pecado 😀
    Besazo
    Ahora cargan mucho más rápido

    • Reply Consuelo October 9, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      ¿Pecado? Qué va, éstas son 100% sanas 😉
      Pff, no sabes lo que me alegro. Anoche pasé todas las fotos de golpe por smush it (había muchas como para hacerlo de una en una jaja) y ahora las guardo con una resolución menor, así que supongo que será por eso.
      Un beso c:

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I think we should be sisters because I just made peanut butter chocolate granola bars today. So I say let’s share with each other. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 5:21 am

      Did you?? It’s not that I have any of these left, but I’d happily take one (or six!) of yours 😉

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen October 10, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Love this post, Consuelo! You are right on target with so-called “healthy” granola bars on the market and I like your recipe using peanut butter and chocolate with honey as a natural sweetener. I would need to make mine with SunButter and other nuts or seeds though. I’m right there with you on the white balance thing. My blog is riddled with that problem! Just got some new lighting recently and I’m just learning all about my new camera. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Thank you Stacy! I’m so happy you like them! And yes, I think these would work with almonds or hazelnuts too 😉
      White balance is such a terrible thing, isn’t it? Anyway, I love your blog and pics. And aw, new lighting and camera sounds so so exciting 😀

  • Reply Ashley October 10, 2013 at 2:09 am

    First, peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination and second, these granola bars look so good! I love making granola bars at home – it’s so much better being able to control exactly what you put in them.

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

      It’s mine too! Thank you so so much, Ashley! And yes, homemade are always tastier and healthier than storebought 🙂

  • Reply Vicky and Ruth October 10, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Me encantan estas barritas que has hecho con cacahuetes y chocolate. Las voy a tener que probar y darselas a mis hijos para el colegio.

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 8:32 am

      ¡Muchas gracias! Espero que les gusten 🙂 Pero no las envuelvas en papel de aluminio, que se ponen blanditas!

  • Reply anecdotesandapples October 10, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Haha. I’m actually eating one of those overly-processed bars right now. Such is life when traveling! I can’t wait to get home so I can make some delicious bars like these! Thank you for sharing. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Nah, it’s ok if you’re travelling, right? 😉 I hope you’re enjoying your trip! xx

  • Reply Covadonga October 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Qué pinta más buena tienen, se las voy a enseñar a Peque que le encantan esas cosas y seguro que se anima a hacerlas 🙂
    Mª José a lo ocurrido unos le llaman karma, otros casualidad, sea lo que sea ¡qué suerte tuviste maja!

    Besinos

    • Reply María José - Honey and Figs October 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Sí, dile que las prepare, porque son supersencillas.
      ¿Suerte? Milagro, diría yo más bien. No te imaginas qué susto, a mí que nunca me habían parado….Pero bueno, no hay mal que por bien no venga. Así tuve tema para el post. 🙂

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    These look amazing! You made them just for me cause you know I can’t resist PB and chocolate right? I hate store-bought granola bars…filled with junk. These on the other hand…

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Yes indeed, isn’t it an awesome combo? xx

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    You made these for me because you know I’m obsessed with PB and chocolate, right?!?! Never buying store bought again…these look too good!

    • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven October 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      two comments! Ah well they’re just too good not to comment twice 🙂 OR three times…

      • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        haha thank you! :–))

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks Davida :)))

  • Reply Allie BakingAMoment October 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    The pics look great, Consuelo! I’m so glad you’re having fun with your new toy 😉

    And those granola bars sound amazing! I’m pinning. I’ve been meaning to make granola bars for my boys all fall and haven’t gotten around to it. This weekend!

    My hubby ran a 10K this past spring, and he’s no big athlete. He trained for a couple of months beforehand. It was tough. He was wrecked by the end, but he finished! Make sure your shoes are comfy, put on some tunes, and good luck!!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks Allie, I’m definitely enjoying the new camera 😉
      I hope they’ll love them.
      Did he? So happy for him! Yeah, I’ve got new comfy shoes and I’ve been training over a year now, so I think I’ll be fine!! Thanks 😀

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife October 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Love the super chunk action going on here! You nailed it girl (and the pics are looking good too!)

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Erin 🙂

  • Reply Jamie@Milk N Cookies October 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Love how chunky these granola bars are, Consuelo. Peanut butter/chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, so I’ll definitely be trying these.

    And your photos look fantastic! I’m not photography expert, but your pictures look lovely!

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Let me know how you like them! 😉
      And thank you so so much, Jamie! x

  • Reply ashley October 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Homemade granola bars are the way to go!!!

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Absolutely 🙂

  • Reply Zainab October 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I love making my own granola bars. They are the best snacks in the afternoon when I need some much needed energy! These will have to join my list soon. Your pictures look great!! I really like them.

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Zainab! I hope you’ll love these 🙂

  • Reply Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating October 10, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Yum, these look so tasty!

    • Reply Consuelo October 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Kelly! x

  • Reply martaestevezansede October 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    ¡Menuda pintaaaa!!!! Este tipo de barritas me chiflan y alguna vez las he hecho… pero sin mantequilla de cacahuete…así que me quedo con esta receta, que no me hace falta probarlas para saber que están de muerte!!

    Un besito,
    Marta (“Sweet & Home la Vida es Dulce”)

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl October 11, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Hahaha “enough energy for a nap” that should be their advertising slogan. Well, these ones look like proper energy bars I’d love to eat whilst knowing it won’t give me diabetes! Another one of your recipes I really want to make. Also, I’m super impressed with your photography, I particularly love the 4th one down 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Yeah, there’s nothing but junk in them!I hope you get to try them and looove them. And thanks, you’ve just made my day :’)

  • Reply thatskinnychickcanbake October 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Oh, boy, who can resist the chocolate and pb combo? These granola bars sound terrific!

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

      Thank you so much, Lizzy! x

  • Reply Marcie October 11, 2013 at 2:11 am

    I love granola bars, especially ones with peanut butter and chocolate! They’re one of my favorite snacks for myself and my kids. Pinning.

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 7:19 am

      They’re one of mine too! Thanks for pinning 😉

  • Reply Bree October 11, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Your images are great! I got a degree in photography and I am STILL learning! 🙂 These granola bars, and the brown butter cake, are on my list of to-do’s!

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Aww, thank you so so much! Your pictures are wonderful though!
      I hope you’ll love these and the cake 😀

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 11, 2013 at 7:30 am

    These look amazing Consuelo. Anything with chocolate and peanut butter gets my vote! Happy Friday!

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Thank you! And happy Friday to you too 😉

  • Reply Joanne October 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I totally agree about granola bars…I would never buy them from the store. Homemade is the way to go!! I didn’t know you were running a half marathon….that’s so awesome!

  • Reply Two Healthy Kitchens October 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Oh, Consuelo – you are soooo right about the multitudes of disappointment all wrapped up in store-bought granola bars! Such a bummer! I think you found the perfect solution! These look incredible – so simple, so full of energy … and BEAUTIFULLY photographed 😀 ! Perfect snack (or breakfast!!!).

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you so so much! These would make a perfect breakfast on the go indeed! 😉

  • Reply thecupcakeconfession October 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I’m gonna agree with you Consuelo!! Granola bars at the supermarkets are ridiculously high priced and are definitely not healthy as they CLAIM! Making at home is such a better option! and yours look beyonddddd delicious! Congrats congrats congrats on your new camera!!!!! These granola bars look awesome! I HAVE TO TRY ! 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Homemade taste far better and of course, they are much healthier! Thank you, girl! Hope you’ll love them :–)

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Good for you for running a half-marathon! I’ve only done a 5k.
    Oh my goodness, I’m loving these granola bars. I love making my own and peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo October 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      5km is so great though, congrats!!
      Isn’t it a fantastic combo?? 😉 Thanks! x

  • Reply Irina @ wandercrush October 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Ahahah, laughing at: “What are you supposed to do with 50kcal? Take a nap?” Too true, and so refreshing to hear on a food blog that values health over calorie restriction. People really do pay so much for ridiculous granola bars when they’re just a bunch of good stuff mushed together! Not to mention you’ll be cutting down on so many preservatives and additives by making them yourself (plus benefit of making your kitchen smell like heaven). And have fun playing with that new camera 😉

    • Reply Consuelo October 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Yeah, I don’t get how they are so expensive. And I hate those skinny ones are labeled as healthy when they’re all full of articicial sweeteners, thickeners and loads of nasty stuff yuk!
      Thank you so much, Irina 🙂

  • Reply Cindy October 12, 2013 at 12:53 am

    These look delicious! I totally agree with you on packaged energy bars. You read the list of ingredients and it is lines and lines of words. It’s so much better to make them at home, where you know exactly what is going into your food.

    • Reply Consuelo October 12, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Homemade will always be better! Thanks, Cindy! xx

  • Reply Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner October 12, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Wonderful looking bars! And I love your photos!

    • Reply Consuelo October 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Thank you so much, Deb! x

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Looks so delicious! Two of my favorite ingredients into one!

    • Reply Consuelo October 12, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thank you Kiran! xx

  • Reply Gemma Gonzalez October 14, 2013 at 12:33 am

    ¡Qué ricas estas barritas energéticas! Como lo casero no hay nada, seguro que saben infinitamente mejor que las que se encuentran en el supermercado.
    La mantequilla de cacahuete me vuelve loca…pero no puedo abusar mucho de ella porque tengo que controlarme el colesterol! Jeje.

    • Reply Consuelo October 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      ¡Vaya que sí! Oooh, a mí también me encanta, pero también me controlo con ella 😉
      Un beso xx

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