Monday, April 29, 2013

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Loaded with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, these granola bars are one of the easiest snacks you can whip up.  So tasty and will give your kids protein from the peanut butter and tons of energy.  No sugar added.  A fantastic after school snack that will take you less than 10 minutes to prepare.  

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus 1 tablespoon, divided
1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter, divided 
1/4 cup fat free milk
2 cups oats
1/4 cup peanut butter chips plus 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a microwave safe bowl, combine 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup peanut butter and the milk. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until melted (if necessary, put in for another 10 seconds).  Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, oats, 1/4 cup peanut butter chips, honey and vanilla extract.  Set aside.

Spray a 8 x 8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, line with wax paper and spray the paper.  Pour the granola mixture in the pan and with moistened fingers, press into bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon each of the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips and press. Place in the freezer to firm up for about 10 minutes, flip the pan over and peel off the wax paper. Cut into squares or bars (I got about 15 bars out of mine).  Store in the fridge.  

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