Say goodbye to conventional granola bars that are loaded with sugar and artificial flavors. These peanut butter cup granola bars are soft, chewy granola bars that you know and love, but made gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. And not to mention, they taste more like candy bars than healthy granola bars. Whether you're making these for kids or the kids-at-heart, you're going to love these.
- 1 cup creamy, natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut finely shredded
- 10-12 mini peanut butter cups I recommend the Justin's brand
- 1/4 cup melted chocolate optional, for drizzling
Line an 8x8 square dish with parchment paper, greasing the inside first so the paper sticks.
In a medium/large pot on the stove (or microwave) over low heat, mix together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Once combined, remove from the heat, and stir in the rolled oats and coconut, making sure to coat well.
Let the mixture continue to cool for about 10 more minutes, then stir in the peanut butter cup pieces.
Transfer granola mixture to the baking dish and make sure to press everything down and really pack it in as best as you can. You can use the palm of your hand or the bottom of a measuring cup. This is the key to making sure the bars don’t get crumbly.
Cover the dish and refrigerate overnight. Or, if you are short on time, just freeze them for 45 minutes.
Remove from fridge/freezer, and slice into 8-10 bars.
Melt chocolate and drizzle on top. The chocolate will set quickly since the bars are cold.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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