Oats, peanut butter, almonds, honey, chia seeds, raisins… what a delicious way to start a morning. Or, to rev up a work out! Today I tried doing a Fartlek run–and these were just the ticket to get me out of bed. I threw them together last night–extremely easy recipe, with no extra oil and lots of rooms for additions and subtractions!
Power Peanut Butter Granola Snacks
Adapted from How Sweet Eats
Makes about 10-12 cupcake liners’ worth, depending how much you eat in the process of making
2 heaping cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3/4 cup peanut butter, melted in microwave
1/2 cup honey (or brown rice syrup to make vegan!)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup almonds
Combine oats, chia, and almonds in a large bowl. Add honey and stir. Add melted peanut butter and mix, throw in any add-ins such as the raisins (I used) or coconut, other nuts, wheat germ, flax, dried fruit, chooocccollattee…). If too dry and crumbly add more honey or peanut butter (or both) to get a good consistency. I didn’t bake these, just simply pressed them into muffin liners and refrigerated. However, if you wish to bake, do 350° F for 15-25 minutes.
These were great, unbaked–very chewy but also crumbly; the muffin liner works well for catching the crumbs! While peanut butter holds the bars together, I opted for using whole almonds instead of pieces of peanuts–giving a nice texture contrast. Honey and peanut butter taste so delicious together as well; it’s one of those combinations that just ALWAYS works (for example, tomatoes + basil, roasted red peppers + goat cheese, strawberries + chocolate, apples + cinnamon, oreo cookie outside + oreo creme inside…). I love that these don’t need extra butter or oil to hold together.
If you did bake these, I imagine some vanilla ice cream on top of a bar would be… divine. I can taste it now!