Easiest Microwave Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

04.24.2013

So I had surgery on my hip bright and early this morning, so early I’d probably consider it to be the middle of the night (waking up at 4:00am is like my worst nightmare. Actually I wish it would have been a nightmare, because that would mean I would have still been asleep and dreaming at 4 :)) but anyway things went so well I’m right back to work today. Okay just kidding, I’m basically going to be a couch potato for the next week. Meaning I’m going to be spending unbelievably ridiculous amounts of time on Pinterest dreaming of all the delicious things I could be making, browsing the web for beautiful kitchen ideas that I’m most likely never going to use, shopping for clothes online and pretending to care about fashion and begging my husband to learn to cook (as he refuses) so he will make something other than a box of mac and cheese with a side of crackers and string cheese for dinner or picking up take out every night. Why do I care if he learns to cook? Well I’m going to need some dinner this week and I just want him to see how fun cooking can be (which he would adamantly disagree with)… I know him too well though so I made freezer meals. I also made some of these amazing and incredibly easy granola bars yesterday. So easy that I’m sure I could make more of these during this lounge week. The coating is made in the microwave and they require no baking so these could easily be prepared in 10 minutes. These tasty, mostly healthy yet seemingly dessert like bars remind me a lot of these treats and these (minus the topping). I have a feeling you are going to love these not only for there simplicity but of also for their addictive, peanut buttery deliciousness. Enjoy!

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Microwave Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Yield: 12 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal*
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter (or 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter)**
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil leaving a 2-inch overhang. In a large mixing bowl, toss together oats and Rice Krispies, set aside. In a separate microwave safe mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and salt. Heat mixture on HIGH power for 1 minute, remove and stir. Return to microwave and heat on HIGH power 1 minute longer. Remove from microwave, pour in vanilla and whisk mixture for 30 seconds. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and toss well to evenly coat. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish, firmly press mixture into an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze 10 - 15 minutes or chill in refrigerator 30 minutes. Lift bars from dish using foil overhang and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  2. *I used 2 cups Rice Krispies but I thought it was slightly too much so I'd recommend start with 1 1/2 and if you think it could use more add in another 1/2 cup.
  3. **If you use extra crunchy you will probably have to add a few more Tbsp as it will increase the peanut to peanut butter ratio.
  4. Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Kraft

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92 comments

  • Denise Volk: I am going camping in the back country and no way to keep things cold. Would these hold up for 4 days with back packing. July 5, 2017 at 11:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: My guess is that they’d crumble a bit while back packing. They’d probably hold up better in a container though. July 5, 2017 at 5:46pm Reply

      • Lauren Bower: They will definitely hold up I would think, if they’ve survived the USPS to the desert. I would package them up as you find appropriate though of course! July 5, 2017 at 6:45pm Reply

  • Miriam: My kids can’t bring anything with nuts to school. Can you think of a substitute for peanut butter that we could use to make this? It sounds amazing. May 11, 2017 at 11:23pm Reply

    • Lauren Bower: We’ve used the cookies and cream “peanut butter” July 5, 2017 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Jacqui: I stumbled upon this recipe after searching on Pinterest – I was looking for a way to recreate the Jif Creamy PB bars without so much sugar / unnecessary ingredients and I REALLY think these will be perfect! I will probably blog about them if so and i’ll be sure to check back and let you know :) THANK YOU!!!! February 3, 2017 at 2:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them Jacqui! February 6, 2017 at 11:31am Reply

  • Laur Bower: Just want to say this is my tried and true recipe, for sending to my husband! While he’s deployed or even just tdy for a month or so, he always asks for these! They survive the mail service all the way to the sandbox! Thank you for sharing!! November 28, 2016 at 8:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad the troops love them Laur! December 7, 2016 at 1:05pm Reply

  • LeeAnne: My picky teen loved these, as did everyone else in the family. Great recipe. February 25, 2016 at 10:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear your family has enjoyed this recipe LeeAnne! Thanks for your comment! February 25, 2016 at 11:53pm Reply

  • Yazari: Your granola bars we’re great August 20, 2015 at 2:59am Reply

  • DD: Just made these this morning and they were wonderful! Hubby and I both gobbled one up for breakfast today. I added some craisins and some chia seeds. Came out great!! July 16, 2015 at 10:22am Reply

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