Peanut Butter Cup & Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Picture1From about elementary school through college, granola bars were one of my staple foods.  Sure, my tastes evolved over the years, “maturing” from Quaker Chewy and Kudos, to Nature Valley and Kashi.  No matter the brand, I’ve always enjoyed and relied upon granola bars to power me through whatever the day brings.  Always keep a granola bar in your purse.  And another couple in your car… always!

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In keeping with January’s Chocolate Chip Thursday theme, I dug into my stash of Christmas stocking candy and made these yummy peanut butter granola bars.  If you’re looking for a candy bar with a (somewhat) better nutritional value than that of what you can typically grab at the grocery store checkout, you have to try these. 

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Inspired by the one and only Jessica, this recipe is fool-proof and will have your mind reeling with ideas for different add-ins!

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Peanut Butter Cup & Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Makes about 10 bars

  • 1 2/3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanut butter cups
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Combine oats, corn syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla and stir until mixed well.  Stir in peanut butter cups and chocolate chips. 

Press mixture into a 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch pan (loaf pans work, too).  Refrigerate at least one hour before cutting into bars.

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