Homemade and Fab Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Despite trying to focus a bit more on  relaxing in 2012, I really am a girl on the go.  As a private practice dietitian, I find myself busy with clients, emails, writing, and of course, blogging and I need to have quick and healthy snacks to grab on the run.

Since I had major intestinal surgery about 18 years ago, I have to be careful with what I choose to eat to avoid stomachaches.  I find I need a little snack between clients to keep my blood sugar and energy level up!  Since I talk “food” all day, it can make a girl HUNGRY!  I love to grab a granola bar for those times when I simply don’t have time to stop and whip up a smoothie or make a more complex snack option.  BUT…most commercial granola bars are filled with chicory root extract (inulin) and that can lead for tummy trouble for anyone with a sensitive belly.

I want granola bars that are made with WHOLE, REAL foods, lots of protein, fiber AND also ones that tastes great!

I love this recipe I made today.  I mixed together rolled outs, steel-cut oats, all-natural peanut butter, oat bran, a few pumpkin seeds and of course, a few mini chocolate chips { a girl’s gotta have a bit of chocolate} along with a few other  real food ingredients and got a great finished product!! 

Simply blend ingredients together…

You may want to lick the spoon at this point.  YUM!

Place mixture into 9 x 13 pan, pressing ingredients firmly into pan.

Bake the mixture and cut into bars. I put the bars in wax paper bags so I can grab and GO!  You are all set for the week!

Homemade and Fab Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • Makes 16-20 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
  • 1 cup all-natural peanut butter (Smucker's or Teddie Brand works well)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed well (could use even 1-2 TB if you want to reduce sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix peanut butter, butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and brown sugar until creamy.
  3. Add in rolled oats, steel cut and oat bran.
  4. Fold in chocolate and pumpkin seeds.
  5. Press FIRMLY into 9 x 13 parchment paper lined casserole dish.
  6. Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly brown on sides.
  7. When cooled, cut into 16-20 bars as desired.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes, and cut into 15-20 bars. Pack in wax paper bags and store at room temperature. Will be good for the week!
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These granola bars are low FODMAP and are a great source of fiber.