Homemade chewy granola bars with the classic flavor combo of peanut butter and jelly!
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:30 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes
Yield:16 (2x2-inch) bars 1x
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup roughly chopped roasted peanuts
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons jelly or jam, divided
Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, cutting a big enough piece so that it hangs over the edges on two sides. Lightly spray with olive oil or nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, oat bran, cinnamon, salt and peanuts. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla, brown rice syrup and 1/4 cup of the jam until well combined. Add to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until combined and evenly moistened.
Dump the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press firmly into an even layer. Drop on the remaining 3 tablespoons jam and smear over the top of the bars.
Bake for about 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
Use the parchment overhang to lift the bars from the pan, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.