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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars

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These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school {or anytime!} snack!

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

I am not entirely sure what happens all day at my children’s school, but I’m fairly certain it involves some type of torture and starvation abuse, because when they get home, they are ravenous.

Now, I know that they eat breakfast, because I watch them do it. And I know that I pack them a lunch, and often a snack, but apparently they’re forced to feed those to the wolves or something at school, because when they get home, it’s like they haven’t eaten in months. Their first stop is always our snack drawer.

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

And one of their favorite go-to snacks is chewy granola bars. They love them. I think Mason would eat about 25 of them in a given day if I let him. 

I’ve never made granola bars before, so I decided to give it a shot. I was originally going to just use plain old peanut butter in them, but then I was shopping at Walmart the other day and spotted something called Reese’s Spreads.

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

**Sound of breaks screeching**

WHAT?!? A peanut butter and chocolate spread from Reese’s?!? Uh, OK!

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

So I set to work making some peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars. And let me tell you, they are ridiculous. And so, SO easy! 

They’re also no-bake, which is even better. You can whip up a batch in under 10 minutes — the hardest part of this recipe is waiting for them to set up and cool in the fridge.

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

All you have to do is melt together some butter, honey and Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread in a saucepan and let it simmer for a few minutes. Then, add in some vanilla bean paste and pour the mixture over some quick-cooking oats and crispy rice cereal. I also threw in some mini Reese’s Pieces, because… well, why not?

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

Pat the whole shebang into an 8×8 pan, and throw some more mini Reese’s Pieces on the top if you want to get all crazy. Let it cool in the fridge for about a half hour, and they’re ready to cut and devour.

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

I asked my kids if they were as good as the store-bought ones, and they all said they were even better! I have to say, I tend to agree. I made these yesterday afternoon, and over half of them are already gone.

These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!

If you want to try the Reese’s Spreads for yourself, you’re in luck. The weekend of November 13-16, Walmarts across the country will be giving out free samples of the Reese’s Spreads with apples. Click here to find a store near you!

You can also enter to win a fun gift pack that includes a $50 gift card and some fun Reese’s stuff! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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These peanut butter-chocolate chewy granola bars are so delicious and easy to make, and they make a perfect after-school snack!
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Tbsp butter
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 3/4 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread
  4. 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste {or vanilla extract}
  6. 2 c quick-cooking oats
  7. 1 1/2 c crispy rice cereal
  8. 1/2 cup mini Reese's Pieces {plus more for top, if desired}
Instructions
  1. 1. Line an 8x8 pan with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. 2. In a medium saucepan, melt together butter, honey, Reese's spread and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in vanilla.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, combine oats, rice cereal and mini Reese's Pieces. Pour in Reese's spread mixture and stir until everything is completely coated.
  4. 4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle additional Reese's Pieces on top, if desired. Using parchment paper, press mixture firmly and evenly into pan.
  5. 5. Cool in refrigerator for 30 minutes and then cut into bars.
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    November 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

    The texture and flavor are so great. My family LOVES PB! I want to win this for my future daughter in law!

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    November 9, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I am on my way to store to make this recipe. I hope they have the new Reese’s spread in stores now. They look soooo good!

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    Wowwww
    These look wonderful!!
    We don’t have here Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread. but I will substitute with a similar spread.
    I like this recipe and would love to try it 🙂
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