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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

How is it already back to school time? The summer went way too fast. I know I don’t’ have to go back to school and Caleb is still too young, but still. I am not ready for fall just yet. I still want to enjoy the summer sun and pretend I am on summer break.

To help make the back to school transition a little easier I have a fun and easy recipe for you today, No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. They are perfect for packing in your kids lunch. They also make a great after school snack.

I’ve always been a granola bar fan, but they are expensive to buy at the store and some ingredient lists can be long and scary. I prefer to make my own to save money and so I know exactly what is going in them.

I love these No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola bars because they are beyond easy to make and they are SO good. They are chewy with a little crunch from the pretzels and crispy cereal. I love the peanut butter, pretzel, and chocolate combo too. You can’t go wrong with sweet and salty if you ask me!

I chill the bars for about 30 minutes before cutting them. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. They might last longer, but they have never lasted longer than a week in our house. Yes, Josh is allergic to peanut butter, so I eat them all by myself. I am ok with not having to share these granola bars. They are my favorite!

You are going to want to have these No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars on hand all school year long. They are the best snack ever! Your kids are going to thank you when they find a granola bar waiting for them in their lunchbox or on the counter when they come home from school.

Adults and parents-I won’t tell if you make a batch just for yourself. I know you are going to want to hide some granola bars from the kids so you can have a tasty snack too! They are great to take on road trips, picnics, or for an easy on the go breakfast or snack!

Start  the school year off right by making No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars! Enjoy!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Yield: 8-10 bars

These no-bake granola bars are easy to make and kids and adults love them! They are perfect for picnics, lunch boxes, or snack time!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
3/4 cup chopped pretzels
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Cut out an 8 x 8 inch square of parchment paper. Place the parchment paper in the bottom of an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.

2. In a large sauce pan, add butter, brown sugar, honey and peanut butter. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling, cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

3. Stir in the oats, crispy cereal, and pretzels. Stir until well coated. Pour into the prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the top and gently press into the granola bars with your hands.

4. Place the bars in the refrigerator and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. Cut into bars and serve.

Note-I store the bars in the refrigerator. I've kept them in the fridge for up to a week and they are still tasty!

Adapted from Rachael Ray

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184 Responses to “No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

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    Edith — August 13, 2012 @ 4:34 am

    Wow, they look really good. I did not know it was that easy to make granola bars…..I think I’ll give it a shot and try it with like nuts or dried fruit…..could work :)

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    holly — August 13, 2012 @ 5:15 am

    thanks you sharing the recipe, it looks amazing!
    I should make this for my excursion.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — August 13, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    no bake is just what I need right now with the heat. Love the pretzel and chocolate combo. Can never get enough of the sweet and salty flavors.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 13, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    Mmm so easy and tasty looking!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 13, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    These look addicting for snacking!

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    Sharon — August 13, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Do you have any suggestions on what I could use in place of peanut butter. It is hard to find peanut free granola bars for my son with a peanut allergy.

    • Two Peas replied: — August 13th, 2012 @ 8:26 am

      You could use almond butter or sunflower seed butter?

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    Kim — August 13, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Sounds wonderful! Is it a half cup of rice cereal? I can’t wait to make these for the kid’s lunches!

    • Two Peas replied: — August 13th, 2012 @ 8:27 am

      Yes! Fixed that! Thanks!

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    Minnie(@thelady8home) — August 13, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Lovely snacks especially when need to go out. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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    What a great granola bar! Nothing like salty pretzels and chocolate! Yum!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 13, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    So much deliciousness in one bar! And I love that they’re no-bake.

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    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — August 13, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Mmm…I love granola bars! I’ll have to give these a try!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 13, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    These are a great granola bar combination! I could definitely snack on these throughout the day!

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    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats — August 13, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    LOVE the salty sweet combo in these granola bars! So much healthier than the pacakaged stuff too!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — August 13, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Why have I never thought of adding pretzels to my granola!! Great idea. These look awesome!

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    Cookbook Queen — August 13, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Girl, I am SOOOOO ready for Fall. Partly because I have a bored almost-8-year-old on my hands and partly because it’s been 110 here and I’m 6 months pregnant. Bring on cooler temps and school, I say!!

    These granola bars sound like the best granola bars of all time. Seriously.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — August 13, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    Fun idea to add pretzels. Perfect for after school snacks.

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    marla — August 13, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Love that these are no-bake! Perfect for back to school :) I am with you ~ I want the summer to last another few months :)

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    Lindsey @ Family Food Finds — August 13, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I love making granola bars for my daughter. These look great and I will definitely be trying them soon. She LOVES pretzels!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 13, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Mmmm. No-bake and PB and chocolate are involved – great thinking :)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 13, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    I love trying new granola bar recipes! I really like the idea of pretzels in there :)

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — August 13, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    These sound fantastic, especially the no-bake part…especially when chocolate is involved.

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    TidyMom — August 13, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    ok, I need to make these for ME!! and I know Allison would love them too.

    I’m so ready for this horribly hot and dry summer to be over – bring on fall! lol

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    kelley — August 13, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Yummy!! This time of year is so bittersweet. I can’ believe my little guy is starting kindergarten this year. I’m ready for fall but sad to see summer go too! These bars look so good and I love that they’re no bake- even better!

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    rachel j. — August 13, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    these granola bars look so good! i’m wondering if they can be stored in the freezer for a longer period? (since i like to make things in HUGE batches.)

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    HeatherChristo — August 13, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    These are absolutely perfect for getting back to school. You totally inspired me to get into the mode!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — August 13, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Nothing better than homemade granola bars! Yum!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — August 13, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    They look yummy *and* healthy!

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    JulieD — August 13, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I want three of these, Maria! I love that you added pretzels…genius!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 13, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    so yeah, nate loves the store-bought version of these SO much! i’m so stoked to have this recipe now…i like knowing what goes into my guys’ bodies!

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    Ashley — August 13, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Totally going to make these for Brandon. We love granola bars for on the go breakfasts!

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    kim@hungryhealthygirl — August 13, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Pretzel, peanut butter and chocolate is one of my all time fav flavor combos! This is a must try!!

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    carrian — August 13, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    I was literally just thinking of busting out a granola bar recipe to get moving on school starting next week. I think I’ll pin yours and try it after I finish up mine today. Although, I’ve got so much going on I probably wont even post for another month. Yeash! How’d I get so behind on recipes?!

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    love the salty/sweet in these granola bars! and yes, store bought ingredient lists are definitely scary. i’ll skip the corn syrup solids and modified potato starch, thankyouverymuch.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 13, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    This is the perfect combination for a granola bar! My kids will love these :)

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    Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} — August 13, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    I need all the lunch box snack recipe I can, since my son is starting Kindergarten on Wednesday. I know he’d love these!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 13, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I love recipes where I have all the ingredients…they are the best :)

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    Tara — August 13, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    I am definitely going to have to try these. I have been trying to make more of the kids’ snacks rather than buy them and I know they would approve of these.

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — August 13, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    I just love everything about these! I cannot believe it never crossed my mind to make my own granola bars! I am pinning this one so I remember to make it… not for the kids since I dont have any… All for me! Really great idea :D

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    natalie@thesweetslife — August 13, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    I’ve been meaning to put pretzels in homemade granola bars! These sound perfect!

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    Dara — August 13, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    Reminds me of my favorite salty/sweet packaged granola bar…but so much better! We made granola bars not that long ago too, but can’t wait to try yours!

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