Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars are quick, a no-bake recipe, and a sweet and salty combination that the whole family will love. Try this homemade granola bar recipe and you’ll be hooked on the crunchy goodness!

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Homemade Granola Bar Recipe with Salty Pretzels 

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.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars

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!

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!

buffalo in yellowstone

And then after hauling all these kiddos around. I ate another. 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.

packing monkeys

And then the baby enjoyed one in the sand at Yellowstone Lake. Seriously guys, they were amazing. And so are you… thanks a bunch for reading. I sure like you.

yellowstone lake

Can I Cut this Granola Bar Recipe in Half?

Of course! You can easily half this recipe and put it in an 8×8 pan if you like.

What are Your Favorite Pretzels for this Granola Bar Recipe?

I’m addicted to Snyder’s of Hanover Butter Snap Pretzels and those are the ones shown. They are SO good in this.

Can You Freeze Homemade Granola Bars?

You can freeze granola bars just as you would cookies. Make sure they are stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag to maintain optimal freshness.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars are quick, a no-bake recipe, and a sweet and salty combination that the whole family will love. Try this homemade granola bar recipe and you'll be hooked on the crunchy goodness!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes
Total: 12 minutes
Servings: 18 granola bars

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick oats
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 2 cup chopped pretzels
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
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Instructions 

  • Cut out a piece of parchment paper the width of a 9×13 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.

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Notes

  • You can easily half this recipe and put it in an 8×8 pan if you like.
  • I’m addicted to Snyder’s of Hanover Butter Snap Pretzels and those are the ones shown. They are SO good in this.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 18 bars, Calories: 271kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 133mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 173IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1mg
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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.

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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.

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42 Comments

  1. Amber says:

    Holy snap! Best granola bars ever! These could be dessert!

    1. Melissa says:

      Amen to that.

  2. Jennifer says:

    So good! I’ve made these multiple times 🙂 the kids love them and ask for them over the store bought ones! (Which was my goal) That’s what I’m talking about!!! Yumo 😀 and healthier too!!!!

  3. slava says:

    They look delish! I am curious how to pack them for school if they get sticky?

    1. Melissa says:

      They aren’t super sticky but I would wrap them individually in wax paper and twist the ends shut like a giant piece of candy… that would work great!

  4. stephaniefromthehouseonhillbrook says:

    I made these earlier this morning and left them in the fridge for awhile. They’re delicious but their falling apart. Any advice to make them harder?

    1. Melissa says:

      You might have just had dry ingredients that were more dry or pretzels that wanted to soak up more goodness. I say add a bit more honey and peanut butter for the next batch so that there is more liquid. That’s annoying but man, they still taste good don’t they?!

  5. Chris says:

    Made them tonight I added a little bit of flax to mine. They are d-licious! I don’t think I packed them well enough. Some of mine crumbled apart.

    1. Chris says:

      I just made another batch the other ones went quick! Fingers crossed they don’t crumble as bad this time:)

    2. Jamie says:

      Mine crumbled until I left them in the fridge overnight. They the held together just fine. I’m hoping I can make them again, but with less sugar. They were too sweet for me.

    3. Melissa says:

      They were really sweet huh… almost desserty! You’ll have to let me know how that less sugar goes so that I can try it too!

  6. CJ says:

    How did the prego momma end up with the near 4 year old on her back while the strong hubby take the featherweight 2 year old? 🙂

  7. Shannon says:

    Looks so good! I am going to have to make this recipe!!!

  8. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    ha! We were at Yellowstone earlier this month! So pretty up there 🙂
    Love these granola bars, thanks for the shout out!

    1. Melissa says:

      So glad to include you in the post 🙂 Love your site!

  9. Stephanie Cooper says:

    Oh gosh! Those look so good!!

  10. Chrissi says:

    These look absolutely delicious- I will definitely try making them! And thank you so much for having a granola bar recipe with no coconut… I can’t stand coconut, and it seems like most granola bars have some coconut thrown in… boo.