Peanut Butter Granola Bars

I’ve got a recipe for you for homemade granola bars that uses much less refined sugar than many of the recipes I’ve seen in the past. I made them the other day for my family, and they were a hit with all. Even my son’s friends, who first looked at me a little strange when I offered them homemade granola bars after school yesterday, took second helpings.

The recipe is tweaked a little bit from a recipe I found on the PassionateGreen recipe blog. PassionateGreen tweaked it from a Taste of Home recipe. If you make it, you’ll probably do a little tweaking of your own.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 25 min


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I’ve found that when trying to make granola-type bars that a peanut butter that has a little oil added to it works better than a peanut butter that is simply peanuts and salt).
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup (could also use honey)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups slow cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spray a 13x9 pan with cooking spray
  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  • Press ingredients down flat into prepared pan
  • Cook in oven for 12 -15 minutes until edges begin to brown
  • Let cool so it firms up; if you try to cut while still warm, it will crumble

Yield: Makes one pan

*As always, using organic ingredients turn this into an organic recipe. If you can’t afford everything organic, your best option would be to buy the oats or peanut butter in their organic form since they make up a bulk of the recipe. Organic oats usually don’t cost much more than conventional ones, especially if you can get them from a bulk bin.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.