Just few weeks ago we got home from a super fast but really fun vacation to Yellowstone. We live about 10 hours away which in all reality is pretty close. My husband and I had both never been, we were planning to visit my sister in Idaho to enjoy her new baby anyhow, and it all just seemed to work out for us to go visit that amazing park. I spent WEEKS getting ready, planning and preparing meals to stick in the freezer and crock-pot while we were there (our little cabin had electricity but no water), making snacks, and preparing to take 4 adults (2 of my younger siblings went) and 3 kids on an epic journey. I made all kinds of things and I just have to share our very favorite with you: chocolate peanut butter pretzel granola bars. This my friends is the king of all homemade granola bar recipes.
These homemade granola bars are quick, easy, no-bake, and delicious. You seriously can’t go wrong with the combo of peanut butter and chocolate with those crunchy salty pretzels thrown in. Everyone on the trip went nuts over them and I’ll admit that I ate a quiet a few while I was packing them and taking pictures. They were totally addicting and the perfect sweet and salty snack. I’ll be making these again!
The recipes is slightly adapted from Maria over at Two Peas and Their Pod. Do you know her? She blogs up in Salt Lake and is one of the few big-time bloggers that I’ve met a few times in real life. She’s a lot of fun and her recipes are always top-notch.
And here are those nummy little morsels in all of their food photography glory (just kidding… they were so hard to photograph!):
And while I was munching on them in the car one of these walked by. Crazy!
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3½ cups old-fashioned or quick oats
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal
- 2 cup chopped pretzels
- ⅔ cup mini chocolate chips
- Cut out a piece of parchment paper the width of a 9x13 inch baking dish. The paper can hang over the ends and then it'll be easy to pull the goodies out of the pan to cut. Place the paper in the bottom of the dish.
- In a small sauce pan combine the butter, sugar, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring often, until it starts to bubble. Once it starts to bubble let the mixture cook for 2 minutes.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, rice cereal, and broken pretzels. After the butter mixtures' two minute cook time, pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture and stir well to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan. The bottom of a measuring cups works well for this. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top of the granola bars and gently press them into place. Put the pan in the fridge to cool before cutting.
- To cut into bars remove from the pan by pulling on the over hanging parchment paper. Place on a cutting board and cut with a sharp knife.
- Store in the fridge or they get too sticky. They were SO tasty cold.
I'm addicted to Snyder's of Hanover Butter Snap Pretzels and those are the ones shown. They are SO good in this.
And then after hauling all these kiddos around. I ate another.
And then the baby enjoyed one in the sand at Yellowstone Lake.
With all the hiking and merriment the calories went right out the window if you ask me and I felt no guilt munching on one just about every time we stopped the car and I could dig into the cooler.
Seriously guys, they were amazing. And so are you… thanks a bunch for reading. I sure like you.
And if this homemade granola bar recipe with all its chocolate and pretzel goodness is looking mighty good, you might also like these!
15 Sweet and Salty Pretzel Dessert Recipes from Sally’s Baking Addiction
Pretzel Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Diethood
White Chocolate Pretzel Bars from Shugary Sweets