It was my turn to host my daughters play group and I wanted to make a snack that was nutritious but also delicious. When I decided on granola bars I knew they would be a huge hit. And a hit they were, I had a few parents ask me for the recipe so I knew I better hurry up and post this so they could all have it at their fingertips. I even had one little girl ask me if she could take one home in the car with her, of course I love to share my baked goodies so I told her immedietly yes. I would also like to experiment with adding other items instead of raisins; such as chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, craisins…the options are endless. So next time I’ll ask my daughter what she wants me to add and I’ll go with that.
These are not only for little ones, my husband enjoyed them as a snack in his lunch for a few days. Everyone likes a mid morning snack and these make for the perfect answer. These would also be good set out when you have friends over because they can be prepared the day before.
I’d love to hear what you choose to add, Enjoy!
Chewy Peanut Butter, Honey & Raisin Granola Bars Recipe
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||45 minutes|
|Total time||55 minutes|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable|
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (crunchy peanut butter will result in a more crumbly bar)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups old fashioned oats (do not use instant or steel cut)
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, melted)
- 1/2 cup raisins (golden or regular)
I've done 1/4c almond butter & 1/4c peanut butter or all peanut butter, both ways are equally as delicious.
Make sure to cut while warm, otherwise once cooled it makes it more difficult.
Let cool completely before eating, otherwise they may be too crumbly.
You can omit the raisins and add other goodies: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, m&m's, mini marshmallows, craisins.... the options are endless.
|Line an 8x11 baking pan with parchment paper. (you could use a 9x13 for thinner bars) Make sure the paper hangs over the sides a little for easy removal. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.|
|Put 1/2 cup of the oatmeal in a food processor and ground until fine. Pour this in with the remaining oatmeal and cinnamon in a bowl. (if you don't have a food processor you can skip this step)|
|In the bowl of a mixer or by hand with a wire whisk, beat the egg whites until frothy. Then beat in the honey, then peanut butter. Now add the oat mixture, and pour the melted butter over the top. Stir until well combined. Add the raisins and give a quick stir to make sure they are incorporated throughout.|
|Spread your mixture over the bottom of the parchment lined baking dish in an even layer.|
|Bake for 25 minutes, until nicely golden brown on top. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Use a sharp knife and cut into bars (12-16, or into small squares 24-36) Return to oven and lower the temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and let cool completely before eating.|