Saturday, 14 September 2013

Peanut Butter Granola Bar

I felt like making granola bars one weekend. It's not something that I regularly bake but I decided it was a good way to clear out my baking cupboard as I could put in a combination of seeds, nuts and fruits all of which were sitting in my cupboard gathering dust. I often buy ingredients in case I want to make something or it's on offer and sometimes I forget about them or change my mind and they end up sitting there for ages. So this recipe is slightly made up based on ingredients I had available but you can easily adapt this your tastes. 

The bars were really tasty and I got lots of compliments about them. I love the peanut butter in there and the mix of fruit, nuts and seeds make it seem healthy. Definitely a good on the go snack or lunch box treat. 

I'm entering this to Tea Time Treats hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage this month and co-hosted by Kate from What Kate Baked on alternate months. The theme this month is Flapjacks, Oats and Tray Bakes.

I'm also entering this Credit Crunch Munch hosted by Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary. The challenge was started by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla at Fab Food 4 All inviting us to share our frugal food recipes.  This recipe is a great way to use up bits of dried fruit, nuts and seeds that you have lying around in your cupboard. It's probably not cost effective if you had to buy all the ingredients separately as seeds and nuts are generally on the expensive side. However, I didn't have to buy anything to make this recipe as I had everything to hand so I think it fits the bill for credit crunch munch.

I'm also entering this to a new blogging challenge called Treat Petite. It's hosted by Kat from The Baking Explorer and Stuart from Cakeyboi and the idea is to submit any sweet treat that's individually portioned and not a big cake. The theme this month is 'No Theme' so anything goes. These are perfect bite sized sweet treats! 

 brown sugar, crunchy peanut butter, honey, golden syrup, oats, dried cranberries, flaked almonds, roasted chopped hazelnuts, seed mix

 I also had an opened pack of this pineapple and papaya mix so I added it in as well 

 Love the colours! 

 Melt honey and butter 

 toasted granola 

 make the peanut butter mixture 

 drizzle with chocolate before serving 

100g butter
100g honey
480g oats
100g flaked almonds
100g toasted chopped hazelnuts
60g seed mix (pumpkin, sunflower, hemp seed, linseed, sesame seed)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
100g dried cranberries
145g pineapple & papaya mix
100g crunchy peanut butter
125mls golden syrup
70g soft brown sugar
50g dark chocolate (optional) for drizzling at the end

  • Melt honey and butter in a small pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.
  • Pour melted honey and butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well.
  • It should be a dry mixture at this point.
  • Spread out thinly over 2 lined large baking trays and bake for about 10-12 mins, stirring half way until lightly toasted and slightly browned. Be careful not to burn your granola at this point!
  • In a medium sized saucepan, melt peanut butter, golden syrup and brown sugar. 
  • Transfer cooled toasted granola into a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour over the peanut butter mixture and mix well.
  • Press into a large rectangle tin as shown and allow to set completely. (I put mine in the fridge for about 20 mins)
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate if using. 
  • Slice into large squares and serve. 


  1. These look scrummy! I love recipes that use up the tail ends of neglected bags in the back of the cupboard. Granola bars are a great way to do that and so thank you for sharing your mouthwatering recipe with Credit Crunch Munch!

    1. Thanks! I'm sure I'll be making these again especially since I'm such a terrible hoarder!

  2. Love these bars Ros, look amazing!!xo

  3. Ooo these look good. I would never have thought of putting peanut butter in granola but now I want to try peanut butter flapjack as well as these!

    1. The peanut butter was amazing - definitely recommend it!

  4. I love that these have peanut butter in them. That really sells them for me. Gorgeous.

  5. What a lovely mix of goodies you packed in the bars!

    1. Thanks! It was just what I had to hand which just shows how much I'm hoarding in my cupboards!

  6. these sound delicious and I love the addition of peanut butter.

  7. Sounds completely delicious! I do something that's almost the same, but using dates and part ground oats so instead they become flapjacks! Ha! Granola bars sound 10 x healthier, funny how it's all in the name :) Need to revamp my peanut butter flapjacks now- this sounds great :)

    1. Thanks - I really liked the peanut butter in these. I haven't made flapjacks in ages. Must make some soon.

  8. What a FABULOUS recipe Ros and such pretty looking bars too! What a great way to use up dried fruit, which always lurk in the back of my cupboards!

    1. Thanks Karen! They were very tasty and didn't last long.


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