This no-bake peanut butter granola bar for one is packed full of natural protein and lightly sweetened with honey (or maple syrup) - It makes a great on-the-go treat for kids and adults alike!
Healthy peanut butter granola bar
This delicious single serve granola bar takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and is healthy enough to be called breakfast.
I made this for my husband as a midday snack, and some of his flattering comments included...'delicious!'...'amazing!'...'it tastes like peanut butter cookie dough!'.
My almost four-year-old even ate half, and he is NOT a peanut butter fan!
As I type this post (6 hours after their consumption), they are both asking for more! I tell you this not to brag, but to convince you to give it a try!
How many calories are in a peanut butter granola bar?
What's most enjoyable about making your own food is being able to add what you like and omit what you don't.
I rarely buy pre-made food, as it almost always gives me some sort of digestive or allergy trouble, but I do understand doing it when time is an issue.
This bar clocks in at about 370 calories and boasts ten grams of protein, making it equivalent to about one and a half eggs.
It provides a nice level of carbs as well, which will help sustain you for a time after consuming it.
All in all, a healthy, satisfying choice!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bar
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tsp coconut oil or butter
- 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
- ⅓ cup rolled or instant oats
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- In a small saucepan, heat the peanut butter, coconut oil, and sweetener just until melted. Stir to combine.
- Add remaining ingredients, stirring until well mixed.
- Allow mixture to cool for a minute.
- Place 'dough' into a sheet of parchment paper and mold into a bar shape (see photos below).
- Chill the bar until set (15-20 minutes).
I use a natural, no added sugar or oil peanut butter, usually this brand. It's up to you if you want creamy or crunchy!
You can also add in a teaspoon of seeds, such as flax or chia, if desired, or even a few mini chocolate chips!
Some of the items I use in this recipe include:
Heating the peanut butter, oil, and sweetener...
Stir in other ingredients...
Form a bar...
Wrap and chill...
You could make multiple bars and keep them in your fridge for an easy snack for you or your kids. It's a great way to get some decent nutrition in a pinch, and if my kid will eat it, so will yours!
Fun fact I thought I'd share: When I open a new jar of peanut butter, I dump out the peanut oil on top and replace it with olive oil. I grew up watching my mom do that and feel it's a bit more healthy! The only problem I run into is that the olive oil makes the peanut butter a bit harder to stir when cold.
Mix it well, and you will discover that, unlike other oils, it will not separate from the peanut butter.