Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Friday, February 10, 2012


Some of my favorite things to make are granola bars for my brother and parents.  Whenever I come over, toting the bars, I immediate transfer them to the freezer and then casually mention them to my brother.  Without missing a step, he goes straight to the freezer(even if he's just eaten), takes out a bar, and shoves it into his mouth.  Next, my dad will find out about them and then confess to me a couple days later that he ate three at once.  "I'm sorry, they're just so good!", he'll say.  And my poor mom, she'll be lucky if she gets one.

Last weekend, I noticed a very black banana in my fridge.  I immediately got excited because a black banana means granola bar making time!  I had seen peanut butter pretzel bars a week or so ago and was definitely inspired to make my own version.  These bars are filled with everyone's favorite food "pairs"- banana and peanut butter, peanut butter and pretzels, pretzels and chocolate.  They're also soft and delicious.  So, I won't blame you if you eat three at once ;)

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars
inspired by Kitchen Grrrls

wet:
1 very ripe, medium banana
1/2 cup all natural, creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 4 tbsp of water and set aside for 5 minutes
1 tsp vanilla extract

dry:
2 cups oats(gluten-free if necessary)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup gluten-free pretzels, snapped into pieces
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375.  Line an 8"x8" casserole dish with parchment paper going one way so that the opposite sides of the pan have parchment sticking up over the top.  Lightly grease the exposed pan and parchment with non-stick spray.

In a medium sized bowl, smash/stir your banana with a fork until it is smooth(if there are some little chunks left, that's ok).  Add in the peanut butter and mix until it is completely combined with the banana(it's going to smell delicious so resist the urge to eat it!).  Lastly, add the prepared flax-eggs and vanilla, mixing until completely combined.

In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients so that the pretzels and chocolate chips are evenly dispersed throughout the oats.  Add in the wet ingredients, mixing thoroughly so all of the dry ingredients are covered.  This may take some elbow grease, so feel free to use your hands to mix everything together.

Spread mixture into prepared dish and bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges.  Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes to an hour.  Cover and place in refrigerator/freezer until firm.  Cut into desired amount of bars(I made 8 triangles).  Wrap individually and store in freezer to preserve freshness.

Enjoy!

43 comments:

  1. Caitlin,
    these look and sound so yummy!
    I am definitely going to try this recipe.

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    1. thank you, sweet lady <3 i hope you enjoy them ;) and maybe give bill one ;)

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  2. Okay so I have made granola bars before but nothing to this caliber! These sounds fabulous and now you got my mouth all watery after explaining how your family goes goo-goo over them. *checking my freezer to see if the Caitlin fairy sprinkled my fridge with granola bars*

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    1. aww...!!! i wish caitlin fairy could fly to cali and sprinkle delicious granola bars in your freezer ;) maybe one day soon. and i'll be sure to wear the fairy wings that i, of course, own ;)

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  3. These look so so good!! Anyone know a brand of pretzels that are also soy free?

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    1. aww man! i just checked my gf snyders of hanover, and the second to last ingredient is soy lecithin :(

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    2. Danielle, check out my soy free, home made pretzels ;)

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    3. Thank Ladies! Richa, I will look it up! I know it stinks..."They say" one should not react to Lecithin, but my little guy is so sensitive!

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    4. yeah, you don't want to mess around with sensitivities like that. good luck <3

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  4. These look so yummy! Love the salty-sweet combo :)

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  5. These sounds fabulous. I need to make more granola bars and these look perfect!

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  6. These look delicious! <3

    P.s. I think your blog is beautiful! I love the colors :)

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    1. thanks, kim ;) and i'm glad you love the colors ;)

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  7. THESE. LOOK. SO. GOOD. It's midnight (WAAAAAAAAAAAY past my bedtime) and you're making me hungry. Not fair.

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    1. well thank you! i hope these didn't spur on a midnight binge :/ or maybe i do, haha ;)

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  8. no wonder they get over quickly. i am a sucker for the salt and sugar together combinations.. i can already imagine the crunchy pretzels and the soft earthy banana taste! yummm. your mom should start getting you black bananas so she can get some only for mom bars!:)

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    1. haha that's a good idea, richa! i'll suggest that to her ;)

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  9. Oh dang, these look tasty. You totally had me at peanut butter and then you sealed the deal with pretzels. Those are like my all-time favorite snack item, and then combined with peanut butter and chocolate chips, well that just took them to a whole new level. Thanks for the great recipe! I can't wait to give them a try.

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    1. thank you! i hope you enjoy the recipe! <3

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  10. Peanut butter, pretzels, granola, chocolate chips...! These look awesome. Bookmarking this recipe right now. ;)

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  11. Dessert Granola Bars YEAH! Maybe, just maybe I will go home tonight and these granola bars will be waiting for me in my freezer :) I type this as I am eating my english muffin topped with chocolate peanut butter & banana - yeah I have a pb & banana addiction!

    ...i think i hear them calling my name - wait a minute, nope that was my tummy saying feed me these righ now!

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    1. aww..i wish i could fly some to your house and secretly put them in your freezer so they are waiting for you when you get home from work ;)

      and i love your english muffin toppings! sounds a-mazing!

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  12. I have always wanted to try making granola bars - I think this just may be the recipe that inspires me to give it a shot! Thanks for posting, looks amazing.

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    1. wow, i'm so glad to inspire you! i hope these make your first granola bar making experience is a positive one!

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  13. i love homemade granola bars! plus, peanut butter anything.. sign me up! =) i know what i will be making this weekend!

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    1. that's great to hear, jules! i hope you enjoy them ;)

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  14. These sound incredible! I love pretzels!

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    1. then these are the granola bars for you to try ;)

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  15. They look so thick, chewy and Awesome! I luuurve pretzels, and I just so happen to have some slowly rotting bananas on my counter :)

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    1. luuurve like in annie hall?? (i hope you know what i'm referencing, haha.) get that rotting banana and make these granola bars!

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  16. I totally need this right now!! I watched the Shark Tank last night and one of the business's was for chocolate-covered pretzels and now I can't stop thinking about it! This is a great alternative!!!

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    1. thanks, char! chocolate covered pretzel in granola bar form ;)

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  17. any ideas on subbing out the banana? I haaaaate them, and would rather try another fruit...

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    1. maybe try applesauce? use 1/3 cup and add more if needed. good luck ;)

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  18. Your recipe says to add the prepared flax-eggs and vanilla
    1) no eggs are listed in the ingredients, so how many eggs
    2) do I just use ground flax seed or is meal something different?
    3) what would I substitute for the meal?

    Found your recipe on Pinterest!
    Thanks!
    Dina

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    1. hi dina! when i say "prepared flax-eggs" i am referring to the item in the ingredients list that says "2 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 4 tbsp of water and set aside for 5 minutes". they are called "flax-eggs" because the substance gels together and acts as an egg substitute in the recipe. i hope this helps!

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  19. I have made these 4 times in two weeks. They keep disappearing on me :)

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    1. oh my goodness! thank you for telling me this! you made my day ;)

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  20. I made these for my sons a few weeks ago, i made a sunnut butter version as well... they were gone within an hour.. Will definitely be making these again.

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