We all need to indulge sometimes. At least that’s what we’re telling ourselves after watching the video above, which explains in just a minute-and-a-half how to make delicious looking Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Squares. It gets better — the squares themselves only take a half an hour to make.
Okay so with peanuts, chocolate, peanut butter and peanut butter chips, these squares aren’t the healthiest of options compared to some other granola bars we’ve encountered. But these squares also contain oats, rice cereal and no artificial ingredients, so we still consider them to be a guilt-free dessert or snack. Plus if you indulge in one when you hit that 3 p.m. wall, the added punch of protein should help keep your appetite at bay and energy levels up until dinner. Swap brown rice cereal for the regular kind to up your dietary fibre.
Besides, when the sweet tooth strikes, what’s really better for you: these squares or another bag of peanut butter cups? We all know the answer to that one.
Check out the video, above, to whip up a batch today.
What you need
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup peanut butter morsels
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
What you do
- Start by lining a 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave a little extra one each side.
- Mix together the oats, cereal, and peanuts in a large bowl.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey, brown sugar and vanilla and microwave for roughly a minute (or until the mixture is smooth).
- Pour the goopy mixture over the dry ingredients, mixing everything together.
- Add half of the peanut butter morsels and the chocolate chips, making sure everything is well combined.
- Transfer the mixture to the lined pan, pressing it down evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the leftover chocolate chips and peanut butter morsels on top, and press them down into the mixture.
- Place the pan in the fridge for half an hour (at least!), then cut them into bars using a knife.