Peanut Butter Granola Bars
I don’t have children (at least, I don’t have children that don’t have fur and/or walk on all fours)… Nor am I returning to school in the Fall, so this “Back to School” holiday is a little lost upon me right now. Some of my favorite shopping trips from my elementary to high school years consisted of Back-to-School supplies shopping with my mom. My mother, bless her little heart, has an overwhelming infatuation with pens, pencils, folders, organizers, and the like… Her excitement to go back-to-school-supplies shopping was contagious to myself and my three sisters, whom all deeply value a quality ball-point pen and a Magic Rub eraser. Personally, I am more of a mechanical pencil kind of girl, Pentel Quicker-Clicker to be exact, and I carry an extra around with me wherever I go…
But once I went away to college, back-to-school-supplies shopping lost its allure. I can hardly keep up with a lecture with handwritten notes, thus reducing my need for binder paper and pencils, and it really is not that fun when you’re purchasing everything on a budget… But that’s beside the point. It should come as no surprise, that when I think of the Back To School holiday I think of lunchtime. While I was growing up, my sisters and I always begged my mom to buy us Lunchables for our school lunches. It’s not like my family was ever big on organic and sustainable foods (it wasn’t so trendy 15 years ago), but this was one processed food item my mom would rarely give in for… Not even for my personal favorite Lunachable, the Taco kit, where I was literally eating something described as “taco filling,” from a cold, sealed, condiment package. I’ve always loved my Mexican.
To celebrate the Back To School holiday, the only way I know how, I’ve recreated a popular processed food for you to share! And since I cannot and more importantly will not recreate a “taco filling,” I chose to recreate my next favorite childhood snack, granola bars! Granola bars are so easy to make and can be customized to fit your mood. I was in the mood for chocolate, but you can easily substitute dried fruit or mixed nuts for the chocolate candies! Learn something new today and make homemade granola bars.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars recipe slightly adapted from How Sweet It Is:
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup peanuts or almonds chopped
1/2 cup peanut butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
1 cup chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chocolate candies, or dried fruit
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13 pan.
- In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, nuts, melted peanut butter, and honey until combined. Fold in additional add-ins (i.e., chocolate chips). If granola mixture is still to try, add more peanut butter or honey.
- Pour into greased pan and bake for 25 minutes.