Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bar


Instead of snagging a box of the preservative- and sugar-filled chocolate-peanut butter bars off the supermarket shelf, try making homemade granola bars. Wheat germ, chia seeds, and oats boost the fiber and protein content in these healthy snack bars.

Chewy Tropical Granola Bars
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
42 mins
18 granola bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup regular rolled oats

  • ¼ cup light-color corn syrup

  • ¼ cup peanut butter

  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 2 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cup crisp rice cereal

  • ¾ cup coarsely broken pretzel sticks

  • ¼ cup toasted wheat germ

  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds

  • ¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. Spread oats in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring twice. Remove from oven; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

  2. Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine the corn syrup, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, and honey. Heat and stir over medium heat just until peanut butter and brown sugar are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt.

  3. In a large bowl combine the toasted oats, rice cereal, pretzels, wheat germ, and chia seeds. Stir to combine. Pour corn syrup mixture over oat mixture. Stir to combine.

  4. Press oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate pieces evenly over the top. Press chocolate pieces firmly into oat mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

To Make Ahead:

Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

148 Calories
5g Fat
23g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.9mg 10%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 90mg 2%
Folate, total 30.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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