5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars

The 5-ingredient peanut butter granola bars I’m sharing today are an easy to make alternative to some of the bars you’ll find in the grocery store. 

The 5-ingredient peanut butter granola bars I'm sharing today are an easy to make alternative to some of the bars you'll find in the grocery store.

I’m not even going to ask, because I KNOW you had at least one Chewy bar in your childhood. Whether it was packed in your lunchbox, your afternoon snack of choice, or fuel before a basketball game, chances are you bit into one or two or those bars, right??

If you’re anything like me, then as you’ve grown up, you’ve branched out a bit to try other granola bars. I mean, are Chewy bars even in production anymore? Moment of silence. 

As much as I aim to focus on eating as much real, whole food as possible, sometimes that just isn’t gonna happen. I’m human – life gets in the way, and convenience wins. In these instances when I need something quick (or chocolate, if I’m being honest), I’ve got a handful of “go to bars” that I reach for. (Do I smell another blog post topic??!). Some of my favorites? KIND bars, GoMacro bars, Square Organics bars, RXbars, and Health Warrior bars.

Recently, Stacie over at The Real Food RDs posted some really yummy looking 5 ingredients peanut butter granola bars here. I had some extra time on my hands, all the ingredients already stocked in my kitchen, and an appetite for adventure (how dramatic does that sound??), so I set out one weekday morning to throw a batch together. 

Stacie provided the perfect 5-ingredient base recipe which I expounded upon further with the addition of more add-in ingredients. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips, protein power, marshmallows??….the options and customizations are endless! No batch ever has to be the same! If you’ve got kiddos in the house, these are a great way to let them express their creativity. 

These babies are gluten-free (make sure your oats are gluten-free – most are!) and dairy free. You could also make them vegan with the use of agave in place of honey, and using a flax egg in place of the regular egg. 

The result: 

The 5-ingredient peanut butter granola bars I'm sharing today are an easy to make alternative to some of the bars you'll find in the grocery store. I mean, even BEFORE it was cut into bars it looked prettttty dang good. King-sized granola bar, anyone???

The 5-ingredient peanut butter granola bars I'm sharing today are an easy to make alternative to some of the bars you'll find in the grocery store.

The 5-ingredient peanut butter granola bars I'm sharing today are an easy to make alternative to some of the bars you'll find in the grocery store.

I cut the recipe a little and made some changes from Stacie’s original recipe, and I immediately regretted not making the full recipe, because these peanut butter granola bars did NOT last long in my apartment. UGH.

To get the base recipe for these bars, head over to The Real Food RDs post HERE!

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Yields 14
Homemade granola bars are the new black.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. ⅔ cup creamy natural peanut butter (see note)
  2. 2 cups gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
  3. ⅓ cup honey
  4. ⅓ cup mini dark chocolate chips
  5. ⅓ cup chopped walnuts
  6. ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  7. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  8. 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If using peanut butter with thick consistency, warm in a small pot on the stovetop or small bowl in the microwave just until smooth (see note).
  3. Combine all ingredients in medium sized bowl and mix until all ingredients are incorpoated.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, or a greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until oats are lightly brown and toasted.
  6. Let cool slightly, then cut into bars.
  7. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Notes
  1. I prefer to use Crazy Richard's peanut butter because of its thin consistency, making it easier to incorporate. I didn't have to warm it. However, if your favorite peanut or nut butter is thicker, follow the directions to warm it to a thinner consistency.
  2. Optional add in's: almonds, walnuts, pecans, chia seed, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, protein powder.
Adapted from The Real Food RDs
Adapted from The Real Food RDs
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 I think for my next venture in the world of baking I’m going to try my hand at Stacie’s Grain-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins. That woman is a genius, and an inspiration! 

Peach Salsa

This peach salsa recipe is the perfect addition to your next meal, happy hour appetizer, or afternoon snack.

This peach salsa recipe is the perfect addition to your next meal, happy hour appetizer, or afternoon snack.A few days ago I realized that the end of peach season is quickly approaching and I almost started to panic. I mean, there were still so many peach recipes that I wanted to try! At the top of my list was peach salsa. I’ve never made any type of homemade salsa before, but I figured it couldn’t be too difficult. It wasn’t. I took a tally of ingredients that I had on hand and essentially made this up on the spot, but I think it turned out pretty tasty! Since I’m cooking for one, I typically cut recipes in half so that I don’t have quite as many leftovers. Despite cutting this recipe in half, it still made a ton! 

Side Note: You’d think that after my many courses and projects that focused on standardizing a recipe, it’d be second nature to me…..yeah, it isn’t. I’ll give the recipe in measurements that I used, but know that you can easily double it by using the whole piece of each ingredient! 

This peach salsa recipe is the perfect addition to your next meal, happy hour appetizer, or afternoon snack.

Peach Salsa
A peachy recipe to use up those fresh peaches sitting on your counter.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cucumber, diced
  2. 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  3. 1/2 red onion, diced
  4. 1/2 peach, diced
  5. 1/2 tomato, diced
  6. 1/2 avocado, diced
  7. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or lime)
  9. garlic powder, to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and dice cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, peach, tomato and avocado. Combine first five ingredients in medium-sized bowl.
  2. Gently toss all ingredients together before adding in the avocado. (Mine was a liiiittle too ripe and I didn’t want it to get mashed from too much handling!)
  3. Add in 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tbs lemon/lime juice, and garlic powder if desired.
  4. Cover and let sit for at least an hour in the fridge to allow flavors to mix together.
  5. Store in air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week.
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I decided to incorporate my peach salsa into an easy dinner by topping a simple grilled chicken breast with it. It would also be a good addition in tacos or taco salads, and will always go well with tortilla chips for a happy hour appetizer.

Stacie Hassing of The Real Food Dietitians made the most drool-worthy salmon and topped it all off with her take on my peach salsa. I mean, you can’t look at these pictures and not start to drool at least a little bit, right?! Looking at these shots also reminds me that maybe I need to consider investing in a real camera, rather than my lousy iPhone 5! Check out her post HERE!

This peach salsa recipe is the perfect addition to your next meal, happy hour appetizer, or afternoon snack.

I want to dive into this bowl, right now.

This peach salsa recipe is the perfect addition to your next meal, happy hour appetizer, or afternoon snack.

If you want to see more of the amazing, REAL FOOD meals that Stacie is whipping up, scoot n over to The Real Food Dietitians, or follow her instagram HERE! She’s been one of the sweetest and most encouraging RDs I’ve come across, and she truly makes some of the best looking meals that are a cinch to recreate (which is a major factor in my book!).

This peach salsa recipe is the perfect addition to your next meal, happy hour appetizer, or afternoon snack.

Let me know if YOU try it, I love hearing about and seeing people try my recipes!

'til the next meal, (1)

Cashew Coffee Chia Seed Pudding

I’m excited to share today’s recipe for Cashew Coffee Chia Seed Pudding with y’all! 

Cashew Coffee Chia Seed Pudding (1)Have y’all heard of Juice from the RAW? If not, it’s an organic, cold pressed, raw juice company that was founded in 2005 and still going strong. Instead of juicing the fruits and veggies that go into their juices, they press the foods – this helps to ensure that the enzymes and nutrients found in the whole version of foods are still intact. 

Juice from the RAW is known for their array of juice cleanses that they do. You’ll never find me doing a juice cleanse (homegirl loves food too much), but that doesn’t mean that I can’t find a way to incorporate these juices into my normal meals and snacks as an additional source of fruits, veggies, and nutrients.

Just look at how awesome these flavor combinations are!

  • Root veggies (carrot, apple ,beet, lemon & ginger)
  • Pineapple mint (pineapple, apple, mint
  • Spicy lemonade (water, lemon, agave nectar, & cayenne pepper)
  • Detox greens (apple, celery, cucumber, dandelion, watercress, wild arugula, lemon & ginger)
  • Coconut fusion (organic Thai coconut water & flesh)
  • Cashew Coffee (purified water, cashews, agave, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon & coffee)

Cashew Coffee Chia Pudding

Other than chugging it straight from the bottle, I’ve also whipped up a classic chia pudding, subbing in their Cashew Coffee juice as the liquid. Made with purified water, cashews, agave, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon and coffee, this flavor is packed with heart-healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats, along with copper, zinc, and magnesium.

I made this as an afternoon snack, but it would be an awesome, filling breakfast as well. I’m envisioning it layered with a PB banana smoothie….swoon. I loved the subtle coffee flavor, and it was the perfect afternoon caffeine boost to get me through the rest of the day’s activities. 

Cashew Coffee Chia Pudding

It’s super easy to throw this chia seed pudding together in the evening, stash it in the fridge overnight, and pull it out all ready to go for those mornings that you need something with minimal to no hands-on time. 

Don’t want it for breakfast? This chia seed pudding would also make a killer after dinner dessert! 

Store leftovers covered, up to 3-4 days for the best quality. 

Cashew Coffee Chia Pudding
Serves 4
If you're in the mood for a little caffeine boost mixed with a healthy dose of omega-3s, then whip this chia pudding up ASAP!
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Total Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 banana
  2. 1 Cashew Coffee Juice from the RAW bottle, thawed
  3. 1/2 cup chia seeds
  4. Ground cinnamon, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add banana, juice, chia seeds, and cinnamon to blender. Blend just until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Transfer to bowl, cover, and allow to sit in fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. Top with fresh fruit of choice, a spoonful of almond butter, a sprinkle of granola...whatever you want!
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 Cashew Coffee Chia Seed Pudding 

Which Juice from the RAW would you experiment with? Are you a fan of fresh juices?