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

94 comments

  • Carol York: Enjoy your blog so much wishing you a speedy recovery My prayers are with you April 25, 2013 at 5:57pm Reply

  • Michele W: Rest and put your feet up. My hubby can microwave a mean potato! April 25, 2013 at 5:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Wish he’d teach my husband haha :). April 25, 2013 at 7:42pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I’m very sorry to hear you had to have surgery. I pray your recovery goes quickly and smoothly! April 25, 2013 at 4:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Shari! April 25, 2013 at 6:14pm Reply

  • Anna: My husband will love these! He loves peanut butter and he’s been going gluten free lately so these are perfect. Thanks for posting, and hope your up and about soon. April 25, 2013 at 4:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Anna! I hope you and your husband do love these! April 25, 2013 at 6:15pm Reply

  • ATasteOfMadness: Hope you are doing ok!
    That sounds like what I would do with a week off. Pinterest is usually where I get most of my baking ideas :) April 25, 2013 at 2:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kathleen! I love Pinterest and this week I have been very glad it was created, I spent probably 6 hours or more on there yesterday, sad but true :). April 25, 2013 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Sarah: As always with your recipes, this is right up my alley! I hope the recovery goes well this week. At least you can justify sitting around and Pinteresting the day away. I have no excuse :) April 25, 2013 at 2:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha I know most of the time I have no excuse at all I just love it, way too many cool ideas :). And thanks Sarah! April 25, 2013 at 6:18pm Reply

  • Kimberley: So glad to hear your surgery went well and that your recovery is super speedy!

    These granola bars sounds so good and would be perfect to take on a long road trip to feed the hungry munchkin!!

    Take care! April 25, 2013 at 6:24am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Kimberley for you nice comment! Recovery is going good so far, just boring :). I hope you enjoy these granola bars! April 30, 2013 at 8:06pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I had no idea you were having surgery! I hope you’re doing okay (and frankly cannot believe you’re blogging!!!) but I wish you speedy healing!

    I love Special K Bars and have a recipe for them as well as about 10 versions of no-bake PB-based granola bars. I love adding Rice Krispies cereal to them as you did. That little bit of extra crunch goes a long way! Yours turned out perfectly! April 24, 2013 at 5:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! Yeah I’m doing fine, just getting bored already :). April 24, 2013 at 5:30pm Reply

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