Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars
Making homemade granola bars is so easy. If you’ve never done it before, I kind of equate the process to making rice krispie treats – mix, dump, and press into a pan!

Also, I can guarantee that these are very delicious and will be quickly devoured by all.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars
What’s in these no bake granola bars? Oatmeal, chex cereal, pretzels, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.

I love that this recipe can be easily changed depending upon what you have on hand or prefer. The original recipe actually called for rice krispie cereal, but we didn’t have that so I used chex cereal and it worked great.

Other ingredients that you could substitute include raisins, peanut butter chips, m&m’s, coconut, chopped nuts or pecans, craisins, sunflower seeds, or other cereals. Mmmm mmm, I am sure another version of this recipe will show up on the blog later.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Yield: 1 9x13 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups oatmeal (regular or quick cooking)
  • 1 cup cereal, rice krispie or chex
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chocolate chips, mini or chopped

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13 pan with foil/parchment paper/wax paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. If you are using regular oats, pulse them a few times in a food processor/blender to chop them up a bit.
  3. Add oats, your choice of cereal and chopped pretzels to a large bowl.
  4. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter, along with brown sugar, honey and creamy peanut butter. Once the mixture begins to bubble, heat for 2 more minutes, stirring often.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  6. Pour this mixture over the dry oat mixture, mix well.
  7. Add in the chocolate chips right before transferring the mixture to the pan, don't mix too much.
  8. Press everything into the pan, using your hands or the back of a spatula.
  9. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes before cutting.
  10. Store in the fridge after cutting.

Recipe adapted from Crumbs and Chaos.

http://thefirstyearblog.com/peanut-butter-pretzel-granola-bars/

I love these no bake granola bars because I can easily make them to be gluten free, by using gluten free rice krispies or chex, gluten free oat, and gluten free pretzels. Definitely a lot cheaper than buying gluten free granola bars.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

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26 Responses to “Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars”

  1. These look super yummy, trying these for sure!

  2. Aimee Berrett — August 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    mmm I love homemade granola bars and these look perfect! I love that they are no bake too!

  3. Trish - Mom On Timeout — August 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Love that you put pretzels in these bars – they look amazing!

  4. lovebakesgoodcakes — August 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    What a great treat, Beth! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends this week – I’ve shared this on FB too :)

  5. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I absolutely love making homemade granola bars!! Love this combination!

  6. Laura — August 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    These sound delicious and definitely one to try! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Diana Rambles — August 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Delicious!

  8. Ali Burtt | Pies and Puggles — August 9, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Pinned! I make granola all the time, but never made granola bars before. Can’t wait to try it!

    And, hi! I found you via the Frugal Friday link party at Shabby Nest!

    • The First Year Blog — August 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Thanks for letting me know where you’re coming from!

  9. Heather @ French Press — August 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I love pretzels in my sweets! YUMMY

  10. Jen Nikolaus — August 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Another awesome recipe, Beth! My boys would love these! They’re perfect for after-school snacks or to pack in their lunch boxes. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!!

    ~Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    • The First Year Blog — August 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Hi Jen! And so much healthier than store bought bars! Thanks for coming by!

  11. Mel — August 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    You had me at no bake and then again at mix and dump LOL Perfect pinning these!

    • The First Year Blog — August 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Ha, my favorite words ever!

  12. AnnMarie — August 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    These look and sound so good and different! Thanks for the recipe…pinned! Visiting from Marvelous Mondays and following you via Bloglovin’!

  13. Laura @ Over The Apple Tree — August 12, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate…what could be better? I make my own granola bars as well but haven’t tried this combo yet. Great idea, thanks!

  14. Rachel — August 12, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    These look so good! I just printed it out – I gotta try them. Do you think if I left out the peanut butter it would be ok. Does it need that to help them stick together? Maybe I could just increase the honey.

    • The First Year Blog — August 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

      I definitely think the PB is a key ingredient in getting them to hold together. You could try to decrease the PB, but increasing the amount of honey will make them sweeter. Let me know if you try it!

  15. Julie @ This Gal Cooks — August 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This has my name all over it! Peanut butter? Pretzels? YES! Pinning and sharing on FB and Twitter tomorrow. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays, Beth!

    • The First Year Blog — August 13, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Gosh, thanks Julie!!

  16. These are so easy and perfect for back to school!

    Check out your feature here: http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2013/08/17-breakfast-ideas-for-back-to-school/

  17. Cathy Compeau — August 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Congratulations! Your post will be featured at the TGIF Link Party this week!
    Cathy @ http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

  18. mandalajay — September 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Any thoughts on making them stick together? For some reason, I made them but they are pretty crumbly and arent staying together….

    • The First Year Blog — September 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Did you use the specified amount of honey and peanut butter? You could also try pressing them into the pan harder and longer. Mine weren’t super firm like the bars you would get at the store. You could also try keeping them in the fridge.

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