Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

I don’t know about you, but we eat a lot of Fiber One Bars at my house. My husband almost always has one after dinner, and I probably have one most days, too. We like the peanut butter ones. I think it’s a pretty stellar snack – sweet and yummy, reasonable portion size, and actually filling. Plus, you really can’t have more than one of them at a time, because…well…you know. Fiber.

Since we go through so many Fiber Bars, I wondered if it might be worth it to make a homemade version instead. As great as Fiber Bars are, they are highly processed, and I’m continually trying to reduce the amount of processed stuff we eat. Enter these homemade peanut butter pretzel granola bars!

PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL GRANOLA BARS (recipe from How Sweet It Is)

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1 cup crushed salted pretzels
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp honey
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine oats, flour, puffed cereal, pretzels, brown sugar, peanuts, and flaxseed, and stir to combine. Add in peanut butter, and mix with a spoon to break it up and create a “dough,” mixing it in as much as you can for at least 5 minutes. Mix melted butter with vanilla extract and add to dough, then mix. Add in honey and stir to moisten completely. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray and press the dough into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove and let cool completely before cutting – there may be minimal crumbling but they should hold together completely. If you find they are crumbling, stick them in the fridge to chill for a few minutes and try again.

These actually turned out better than I expected. I made them on a Saturday morning and we basically munched on them for breakfast/lunch all weekend. I got about 18 bars out of the 9×13 pan, which I calculated to be approximately 220 calories per bar, which is a little higher than a Fiber Bar. Two tips – be careful not to cook these too long; I checked mine at 20 minutes and they were just past done. I think 18 minutes would have been perfect. And second – make these in a metal cake pan rather than a glass 9×13 baking dish. The dish I used had rounded edges, which affected the shape of the granola bars. Other than that, these were a hit!

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