Chewy, nutty, chocolaty, and packed with tasty energy, no one will ever know these bars are low-fat and healthy! They're very easy to make and you can pack in everyone's favorite nuts and fruits. My family has now stopped buying Kashi® and chewy bars because we love these so much. These are gluten-free when made with rice flour and appear to be professionally made thanks to the small spoonful of corn syrup that keeps everything tightly combined and gives the bars a nice shine. Have fun experimenting with different combinations of nuts, dried fruits, and toppings! Almond butter works well, too!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.

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  • Stir peanut butter and melted butter together in a bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt; stir. Mix applesauce into peanut butter mixture.

  • Combine oats and flour in a bowl; toss to coat oats with flour. Stir peanuts and raisins into oat mixture. Pour peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture; stir to coat completely. Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and continue baking until chocolate melts and edges begin to brown, about 5 minutes more. Spread melted chocolate chips with the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula to coat the top. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Cook's Notes:

You can use whole wheat flour or rice flour instead of the all-purpose flour.

You can use any nuts or dried fruit in place of the peanuts and raisins.

If using Craisins(R) instead of raisins, consider cutting the amount of brown sugar slightly.

For a larger flavor, use 6 tablespoons of melted butter. You can also substitute canola oil for the butter.

If wrapped in plastic wrap or in baggies, these will keep in the fridge for 1 1/2 to 2 weeks and can be frozen for a month.

Nutrition Facts

248 calories; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 32.1g 10% DV; fat 12.4g 19% DV; cholesterol 7.6mg 3% DV; sodium 155.5mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2017
I made these pretty much following the receipt exact. The only change I made was adding some almond flakes along with the peanuts. They taste pretty good however I felt like the pan size should have maybe been a little smaller to allow a thicker granola bar. It was also pretty crumbly and didn't hold its shape overly well. I would probably make them again though with just the smaller pan and hopefully being thicker with a slightly longer cook time would allow them to hold together better. Read More