Chewy Granola Bars with Peanut Butter and M&M’s

Chewy Granola Bars with Peanut Butter and M&Ms

If my kids had their choice, they would always pick granola bars for an after school snack. They are, hands down, the favorite snack in the house. And really, what’s not to love about them? They pack easily, there are so many different flavors to choose from, and they fill you up. But we can go through a box of granola bars like nobody’s business, and I am frankly not a huge fan of the ingredients. They are often too sweet and filled with additives. I knew there was a better option out there, so I decided to make some at home. And I am glad I did…homemade granola bars are the bomb! They are chewy,  filled with peanut butter and chocolate, (which my kids love) but missing all of the additives and preservatives (which I love).

This recipe is for peanut butter chocolate chip, but I have also played around with cookie butter and almond butter. All great options and combinations.  Trust me, the coconut oil is worth the investment. A little goes a long way, and it gives the granola bar a great texture. Best of all, they are ready in 40 minutes. No baking required. I wish I could tell you how long they would keep and still taste fresh, but we have yet to have any left after 3 days. As quickly as I make them, they disappear. That, my friends, is the best endorsement around.

Chewy Granola Bars with Peanut Butter and M&Ms

Chewy Granola Bars with Peanut Butter and M&M's
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Serves: 12
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oats
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup mini m & ms
  1. Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Take one cup of the oats and pulse in the food processor until finely ground. Place in a large bowl and add the remaining 2 cups of oats.
  3. In a medium pan over medium heat mix peanut butter, coconut oil, butter, salt, honey and brown sugar until melted and sugar is dissolved.
  4. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Remove from heat and pour over oats and mix well.
  6. Add chocolate chips and m & ms and stir until mixed.
  7. Press firmly into 8 x 8 pan.
  8. Chill for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Store at room temperature or in refrigerator.


  1. says

    What a great idea! I love any new after school snack idea, as thinking of what to give the kids for snack after school is just about as overwhelming as what to make for dinner some days. I swear I give the kids 20 choices on snack ideas, and some days they can never make up their mind. Of course if I have something sweet, they’re all over that. Their new snack addiction is challah bread topped with Nutella. I can’t wait to make these up one afternoon and surprise the kids! xoxo, Jackie

  2. says

    I love making homemade snacks and having them for busy days or traveling. These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them. Anything with M&Ms is a winner in my book.

  3. Mia says

    These are extremely sweet. And coming from a sugar addict like me, that’s saying something. This is like eating a spoonful of sugar with a little peanut butter mixed in. This isn’t a granola bar, it’s a sugar cookie with different flavoring.

    • Lisa says

      Hi Mia, Sorry these are too sweet for you.I hope you find a way to make the recipe to suits your tastes. It’s very forgiving and easy to play around with! Let me know if you find something that works! Good Luck!

  4. stephanie says

    Just made and hooked! Will never buy store bought again. Doubled the batch. Used all butter no oil, didnt use any sugar since was out, used a little less then recommended pb since ran out in middle of making, and no m&ms. Also my choc chips were large so I pulsed them in processor. Amazing!!!!! Thank you!!!

  5. Lisa says

    Stephanie-So glad you could make them with what you had on hand. Such a forgiving recipe. I agree, no more store bought!

  6. Beth says

    I made these today and added coconut flakes. I only added a little bit of brown sugar, but next time I will completely omit. My chocolate chips completely melted, so they tasted like no bake cookies! Definitely a good gluten free option!

  7. Heather says

    I just made these and they are in the fridge cooling. …but I licked the bowl clean and it was delicious! 😉

    • Lisa says

      Yum! Thanks for your note! They are just as good when they are chilled, but I love the gooey mix left in the bowl. :)

  8. Caroline says

    I’ll have to try this recipe! I have a recipe that is similar but uses 2 cups Rice Krispies and 2 cups oatmeal. No butter or coconut oil either. I’d love to make both and have my kids do a taste test. I’m sure they wouldn’t object!

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