Easy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

by simplylife on February 16, 2012

Do you love granola but hate the big price-tag and unfamiliar ingredients that can often come with it?

Yeah, me too.  I always wonder how a giant container of oats can cost $2, but a small bag of granola can be close to $10.

Every time I see that price in the store I think to myself “Oh, I can just make that at home.”  Except I don’t. I look-up recipes and decide I don’t want to buy the multiple types of nuts and seeds, dried fruit and unique grains that many recipes have.

Not this time.  When I came across 5 (FIVE!!!) Ingredient Granola Bars  I knew I had struck gold.  Plus, the five ingredients are healthy, tasty and one of them is even optional…which makes them 4 (FOUR!!!) Ingredient Granola Bars.

Except those extra toppings I added in.  Oops.

Easy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

by Simply Life

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Keywords: bake breakfast snack vegetarian vegan peanut butter oats cranberries nuts


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth), melted
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine oats, peanuts, and honey. Mix in melted peanut butter until moistened. Fold in sunflower seeds and cranberries. If dough is dry, add in extra peanut butter or honey, 1 tbs. at a time.

Press dough in greased 8×8 inch baking dish. Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Let cool. If dough is crumbly, place in the refrigerator for at 30 minutes then cut while still chilled. Serve and enjoy!

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Love homemade granola and granola bars! I don’t think to make either nearly often enough, but every time I do, I love them. Thanks for the reminder! Yours look great! 🙂

  • http://cookingmywaythroughmycsa.blogspot.com/ Sam

    I love homemade granola bars! I make them myself pretty often because work at a nut-free school and it’s the best way to make sure that they’re “safe” to have in the building. These look delicious…too bad I can’t bring them to school with me!

  • Anonymous

    Agree! I make granola and granola bars on the regular. I just buy big bags of nuts and seeds online and keep them in the cabinet. Fabulous treat.

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    These look incredible – and even better that they only involve a handful of ingredients!

  • http://lauren-whatlaurenlikes.blogspot.com/ Lauren

    Love this! Hmmmm pb and granola sound perfect 🙂

  • http://errign.wordpress.com/ Errign

    I want!

  • http://missmagnoliamunches.blogspot.com Rebecca

    I never think to make bars…I always make “loose” granola, then eat it all in one sitting. 🙁 This would be a great way to portion control!

  • http://fuelmyfamily.wordpress.com/ Lindsay @ Fuel My Family

    do these stay together well? I always find that my homemade granola bars fall apart on me!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Some stayed together well and some ended up crumbling a bit- but after you chill them in the fridge it helps A LOT before cutting (I just need the patience for that step 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I tend to put dried cherries and chocolate in my homemade granola or granola bars.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I never thought I would say this but I love dried apricot and PB in my granola bars. Angela used to make Glo Bars with that combination and they were soooooo good! Dried fruit is great in granola bars (but I pretty much hate fruit in any other baking).

  • http://peacecooking.blogspot.com/ Sutapa

    Delicious bars love the add of sunflower seeds!

  • http://www.yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    Any granola bar with chocolate chips is tops in my book, but these look delicious as well!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com/ Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    These look great!! I actually was just looking for a granola bar recipe. I have night classes and it’s nice to have a little something in my purse for when I get hungry, but I am WAY too cheap to actually buy granola bars. I already made a different recipe, but this will definitely be made in the near future 😀

  • Junia Kim

    i am totally bookmarking this. i love peanut butter and oats! i never make my own granola bars because i can’t portion control…. blush. 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Agreed! Whether I make it or buy it I eat SOOOO much! I love granola! 🙂 That’s why I like this recipe so much- there’s no butter or ingredients to feel bad about eating!

  • http://thedeliciouslifeofallison.blogspot.com Allison’s Delicious Life

    Perfect. Love the recipe for these…thank you so much!

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    YUM! I agree with you! i made granola once at home and all the random nuts cost me a fortune. This looks fabulous!

  • Hilliary Wolfe

    These sound delicious, you had me at pb!

  • http://www.bakebikeblog.com/ Lisa @ Bakebikeblog


  • Belinda

    I need to seriously start making my own!! So easy and delicious!

  • http://www.changeofpaceforme.com/ Kristen@Change of Pace

    I have yet to attempt granola or granola bars in my house. I think because I’m scared of using a lot of oil and sugar. This doesn’t look bad at all! Plus I love peanut butter 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Agreed! That’s why I like this recipe so much!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You can even use less pb and honey if you want to make it into more granola “clusters” rather than bars!

  • http://allieksmith.wordpress.com/ Allie

    Mmmm I make my own granola in big batches about 2x a month and I know it saves money. Way to only use 4 ingredients!!!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that’s such a great idea- I’d love to see your recipe!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    Yes, yes and yes, to your comments / questions 🙂 And like you, I rarely do make it at home – but like you, this recipe could be the one to turn me! These look great, thank you.

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    well don’t these look tasty! i have never made granola! surprise surprise 😉

    Re: the cupcake picture – I edited it myself (cropped five different pictures and merged them into one.) So that is essentially one “image” that I uploaded. fun times!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh- so clever!

  • http://www.healthyandsane.com/ Elina (Healthy and Sane)

    I stopped buying granola awhile back but for some reason still buy granola bars. How silly. These look fabulous! 🙂

  • http://pearlandpine.blogspot.com/ Sarah Schiffman

    oh I love love love granola! can’t wait to add your recipe into my collection!

  • Mom

    I want to make my own granola bars!!! So smart for sure!!!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    This sounds delicious! I actually have my own granola bar/granola recipe, because I can’t eat honey and just about every recipe out there calls for honey! My recipe has about 10 ingredients though (because I add a bunch of random spices). I wonder if this could be made with maple syrup or molasses?? It sounds wonderful!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh I’m sure it can! I just used honey because I already had it – you actually have another one of the recipes I’ve been wanting to try for well over a year! I think it’s about time 🙂

  • http://www.culinaryflavors.gr/ Katerina

    They look delicious and crispy!

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    DELISH! I love making my own granola — the store-bought ones are way too expensive! I love pumpkin granola made during fall.

    Need to try this recipe with PB 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Ooh I would love to try making that this fall! Sounds delicious!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Yum! I make granola bars almost every Sunday so we have them for the week. I use almond butter and almonds sometimes instead of the peanut and peanut butter combination. I like to use some dried coconut. They are so versatile though – I use pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, dried cherries, etc.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      oooh I love the idea of using almond butter!

  • http://betivanilla.blogspot.com/ beti

    I love the “easy” part, they do look quick and delicious, I love to make mi granola with peach jam and sliced peaches 🙂

  • http://www.whippedbaking.com/ Kristina

    Delicious recipe! I’m a huge luna bar and kashi granola fan…. only it gets way too expensive to eat them all the time (like every day… oops!) I really need to start making my own, this recipe looks like the perfect start! Yum!!

  • http://play-with-food.blogspot.com/ Deborah Dowd

    I am always looking for something my on-the-go daughters to grab and go and these look perfect!!!

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