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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”

  1. 127
    Katie — October 14, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Been trying to come up with other things to bring to work than fruit, and stumbled upon this! Had everything on hand so a batch is cooling as we speak. I can wait to try them, what a fantastic recipe, THANKS!!! I omited the rice, added craisens and used white choc chips instead of regualr as Im not a huge fan of chocolate. I cant wait to try a few other combos as well!! :)

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    Laura — October 25, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    LOVE! I made a batch last week for my family and they went so quickly that I decided to double the recipe and make again. I just put my 13 x 9 dish into the fridge. :). Thanks for this delicious and easy recipe!

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    Karen G — November 25, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    Love the addition of pretzels! Could I substitute something else for the honey…such as maple syrup? Kiddos aren’t so fond of a strong honey taste in the bars. Definitely going to give them a try, though!

    • Two Peas replied: — November 25th, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

      Agave would work. Are they ok with that? I haven’t tried maple syrup. Let me know if you try it!

  5. 130
    Jennifer — December 1, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    I made these today and let me tell you, they are so very very good!!!!

  6. 131
    Jennifer — December 2, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I made these yesterday and my husband asked if I could do another batch today! So good! Thanks!!

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  8. 132
    Jamie — December 10, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    Awesome! Easy to make – I improvised with a cereal I had on-hand. everyone loves them! I will be experimenting with different ingredients..Thanks!

  9. 133
    Kayla — December 16, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    I am not a mother but wanted a good recipe for a granola bar to take to work. These are amazing!! I didn’t add the pretzels because I’m not a big fan but they turned out beautifully! This will be my go to recipe!!

  10. 134
    Rachel — December 19, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    These are dElicious! I love the addition of pretzels and the salty flavor and crunch! I didn’t have honey and used corn syrup, and Cheerios instead of rice krispies. Thank you for your granola bar recipes. I have been freezing them and sending them with my husband to work. Last week I made the pumpkin chocolate chip ones!

  11. 135
    Nicole — December 21, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    I made these last night and they are delicious! My only complaint is mine were pretty crumbly..any ideas to make them firmer? I used old fashioned oats instead of quick ones but I don’t think that would have been the issue. Thanks!!

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  13. 136
    Kelly — January 9, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I started a 30 day food challenge (I stuck with it and now am close to 80 days in) to use up leftovers, buy less impulse items, use up what I have at home. I had about a cup of cocoa crispies and a cup and a half of quick oats and set to work on your recipe. I can’t tell you thank you enough! They were great. I was short 1/2 cup of oats, but had an extra 1/2 cup of cereal so I tried that. I also did 1/3 of the pan with butterscotch chips, 1/3 with lemon, and 1/3 with cinnamon chips. Yum! My family enjoyed them so much that I put your site into my blog (http://creativesaver.blogspot.com/). Thanks again!

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  18. 137
    shannon — January 22, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    This is my second try making my own granola bars. I’ve done bake and no-bake. They taste great but they won’t stick together, they keep falling into crumbles. Not sure why.

  19. 138
    Eileen — February 16, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    These are great! I had no pretzels so I substituted corn flakes and they were delicious. So many possibilities with a great base recipe.

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  21. 139
    Michele @ Moonfield Lane — February 27, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    I just made these after a search for a granola bar recipe. Wow! Who knew it was possible to overeat granola bars? These are so, so good. Thanks!

    • Two Peas replied: — February 27th, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      I always overeat when I make these too:)

  22. 140
    Julie — February 28, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    These were absolutely wonderful. Who knew I could make granola bars?? LOL! What are your thoughts on adding bananas? I was thinking about trying that but wasn’t sure where to put the bananas…with the dry or the boiled?

    • Two Peas replied: — February 28th, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

      I haven’t tried bananas. I will have to play around and get back to you!

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  25. 141
    jen — March 10, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

    I screwed up and mixed my choc chips in, so they melted. The bars still tasted good, but they were very crumbly. Wish I could figure out how to make a granola bar that sticks together.

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  27. 142
    Jen — April 18, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Loved these! I didn’t have pretzels and I have a kid allergic to peanuts so we did biscoff spread and broken biscoff cookies. So good!

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  29. 143
    Lindsay — April 20, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    These are delicous, my whole family LOVED them, including my husband who doesn’t care for the store bought ones, he says those are like eating tree bark, LOL! (not that he knows what that’s like…lol) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!

  30. 144
    Maria — May 13, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    These look really delicious, but does anyone know the calories on these? I want to make them, but I’ve also just lost 93lbs and counting, trying to stay on track..lol

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  35. 145
    Heather — July 30, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Thanks so much! We love this recipe and my 2 yr old son loves “helping”…including smashing pretzels with my kitchen mallet. Turns out great every time and always sticks together.

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