Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Regular homemade granola bars are so last month.  Now we’re talking Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars.  (Oh, yeah.)

I did a lot of baking last week.  We don’t have a dishwasher, so this means washing lots of dishes by hand.  Sometimes I feel like I wash dishes all day long, and stopping occasionally to dry them just feels like a waste of time.  So I stack dishes next to the sink as high as I possibly can without them falling.  I consider it a challenge to see how high I can get the stack without all of the dishes crashing to the floor.  (Please note:  I never, ever stack glass dishes.  That would be bad.)

Anyway, the day I made these granola bars I had a lot of baking projects going on, and as I was washing and stacking the bowls I was thinking, “These granola bars had better be worth it”.  Well, they are.

I like my original granola bars recipe a lot (you can get that here), but these granola bars are on a whole new level.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars KintheKitchen

Generally, a combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a no-brainer.  It just makes everything better.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars-KintheKitchen

Win.  They’re even on the healthy side!  Double win.

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

  • Servings: 12 bars
  • Time: 35
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Ingredients

3 cups quick or rolled oats
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp hemp seeds (optional, I like to add them for extra protein)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, combine oats, cocoa powder, hemp seeds, and salt.  In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together honey, applesauce, egg, and vanilla.  Add to dry ingredients and stir well.  Stir in peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Press into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  Cut into bars.

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~K in the Kitchen

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