Peanut butter granola squares – recipe

Peanut butter granola squareThanks to tifi who tweeted this peanut butter granola recipe to me the other day. I made a few modifications to it (like cutting the amount of honey and sugar in half because it seemed like a lot, using whole wheat flour, and adding in flaxseed to it). The results were quite delicious. Here’s my version of the recipe:

Peanut Butter Granola Squares

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (or another kind of flour if you prefer)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

1 cup butter*
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (preferably organic PB with no sugar added)

Directions:
Combine oats through salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

Heat butter through peanut butter in a sauce pan until all are melted.  Add melted mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl. Stir to make sure oats are completely covered.

Spread the mixture into a 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares. Enjoy!

* Farmer’s Daughter asked about cutting back on some of the butter and suggested applesauce as a replacement. I think this would probably work well and cut down on the fat. I plan to try it out the next time I make them. :)

Update 1/30/09: I made this recipe again, but this time used only 1/2 cup of butter and added 3/4 cup of mashed ripe bananas. This worked really well. It cut down the fat and the squares held together a lot better and were a lot less crumbly. And they are delicious!

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28 thoughts on “Peanut butter granola squares – recipe

  1. Thank you for the recipe. This is perfect treat for my egg-allergic son!

    Also, peanut butter has been one of my pregnancy cravings so we will definitely be making these this week.

  2. YUM!

    If you want to cut the fat, you can just sub with applesauce. Want to cut it even more, sub PB2 from Bell Plantation. Great product, PB2 is peanut butter with the oil removed. You can add water to reconstitute and use just like peanut butter.

  3. I just made them! I used half the butter and spelt flour instead of whole wheat. They turned out great! The only downside was they were a little crumbly – probably due to the decreased butter.

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  5. I made these!! Used a little less sugar, added protein powder (hoping this could be made as a breakfast bar!), peanuts, and raisins. Holy cow, so easy, all the ingredients already in the house and absolutely delicious! My kids wanted to eat it BEFORE I put it in the oven!! Thank you for sharing it’s so good!

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  7. Thanks for the recipe!! I will make it with the applesauce or banana, reducing the butter. I’ll also look into replacing the nut butter if possible to make it school-friendly for my son’s lunch. I’m not sure how I’ll do that but we can eat the flops at home, right?

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  9. I made these today and they’re very good! Looking at the recipe right now I see that I forgot to add the last 1/2 cup of oats. I’m not sure what the texture would have been with it but it’s nice right now. More the texture of those Quaker(?) Oatmeal To Go things than the average granola bar. I accidentally added 1/2 tsp of salt and was afraid it would ruin it but I didn’t even notice (will do it right next time though). I used 1/2 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of banana, and 1/4 cup of applesauce. I added a few carob chips just before spreading it into the pan; some of them melted a bit and gives just a hint of extra flavour.

  10. Very delicious, but mine don’t stay together very well. I found another recipe stating to boil the butter etc… mixture for 2-3 minutes to prevent them from falling apart. Next time I’ll try this. The bananas are a nice touch :D

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  14. When I was making these I was concerned that they’d be really crumbly. I used 3/4c of butter and then added 1/4c of apple sauce. When I was mixing it together in the bowl I realized that a lot of the oats in the bowl weren’t going to get coated, so I kept adding applesauce until it was all moist. I also added some chocolate chips. I let it bake for an extra 6 minutes. The results weren’t a crunchy bar of course but a soft oatmeal bar. I turned out fantastic. I served it at my husband’s men’s bible study and the guys loved them! I’m definitely going to keep making them. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

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