Made with chewy oats, crispy rice cereal and crunchy peanuts, these Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars make for a delicious and sweet grab-and-go snack!
These Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars have been fueling some super sweaty workouts lately. It's getting crazy HOT here in Houston and as many of you know, Houston is also extremely humid. Brett and I aren't sure we want to keep running outside anymore because the only semi-enjoyable time to run is really early in the morning. While we wake up early most days anyways, we love to use the mornings to read and journal before Harper baby wakes up. Plus, doing quick HIIT or Nike Training Club workouts inside under a fan in the A/C sounds a lot more appealing.
Where we live in China the summers are just as hot, if not as hot as Houston, but the air is dry, which makes it possible to find relief in a shaded area or under an umbrella as the locals often do.
I'm amazed at how quickly bodies adapt. I've lived in climates like Houston before (hello Orlando) and over the 4 years of living in Florida I became accustomed to the sticky heat, even to the point where the upper 60's felt chilly! But since living in dryer climates, my body has yet again adjusted to less humidity and I'm finding myself struggling to enjoy being outside here in Houston lately. Hopefully after another week or two I'll stop being such a wimp and just embrace running through all the hot water in the air.
But we are really loving these Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars. I'm so glad I found another homemade snack that we all love so that we can add a bit of variety to our favorite 5 Ingredient Adaptable Granola Bars and these easy vegan protein balls. These bars have all kinds of different textures going for them as they are made with rolled oats, crispy rice cereal, whole peanuts and shredded coconut. I've been enjoying them as an afternoon pick-me-up with sliced banana and even for dessert at night. They are perfectly sweet and taste amazing with a cup of tea or coffee.
I've been making a batch of these every week and we just store them in the fridge in an airtight container. I'd love to know if you give these deliciously sweet and nutty Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars a try and what you think! Leave a comment down below or take a picture of the finished product and tag me on Instagram (@theconscientiouseater) so that I can see your creation!
Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars
- 1 cup packed pitted dates
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups rice krispie cereal
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup coconut oil melted
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil so that some aluminum foil hangs over the edges. Then spray the bottom with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Place the 1 cup of dates into a bowl and cover with boiling water for about 5 minutes.
- Once the dates have soaked, drain the water and place the softened dates into a small food processor or blender. Add in the maple syrup and process until a fairly smooth paste/syrup forms.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients, from the old fashioned oats to the salt.
- Add the peanut butter, melted coconut oil and date/syrup mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir everything together until a sticky, uniform dough forms.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and use your hands to spread the mixture out evenly. Then use the bottom of a flat measuring cup or glass to pack the mixture down even more so that it's flat and compact.
- Place the baking dish into the oven and bake the bars for 18 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bars to cool completely before using the aluminum to remove them from the pan. Make sure everything is completely cool before cutting the rectangle into 16 uniform bars. If it hasn't cooled completely, the bars will break apart easier when you cut them.
These granola bars are amazing and stay together so well. Everyone in our family loves them! I don't use the peanuts, so I increase the coconut. Thanks for a great recipe!
Faith VanderMolen says
So glad you enjoyed them Sherry! Thanks for letting me know!
I have used your 5-ingredient adaptable granola bars-recipe for a while (and always roll them into balls/bites as well, haha. Love them !), but will definitely consider these the next time! We do not have rice crips cereal where I live though, but I will try to find something similar! Thanks for the recipe!
I'm so glad you like and use the 5 ingredient granola bar recipe Marie! They're so simple and delicious, aren't they? And I hope you can try out these pb coconut bars next! Let me know what you end up trying as a substitute for rice crips cereal!
Yes, they´er so fast to make and tastes awesome! And I will definitely let you know when I try this recipe and what kind of substitute I ended up with!
Great! Thanks Marie!
Emily Swanson says
Wow these stay together so well Faith!
Sticky heat is tough; it seems like Texas has some of the stickiest heat in the summer, but I like the fact that you're wanting to embrace it and you're not complaining about it. I'm so often guilty of complaining about heat instead of embracing it.
They really do stick together well, which made these homemade granola bars such a success in our book:) And I'm so happy that you live in a dryer climate...CO is beautiful! Brett will be in CO next week hiking with his best bud. I'm excited for them! Happy Memorial Day!