Recipes and Cooking Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bar 3.8 (22) 3 Reviews 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. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on December 11, 2013 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jacob Fox Prep Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 10 mins Bake Time: 12 mins Total Time: 42 mins Servings: 18 Yield: 18 granola bars Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 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 Directions 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. 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. 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. 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. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 148 Calories 5g Fat 23g Carbs 4g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.