I wish I could say this recipe was inspired by something wonderful.
I wish I could say that I had an epiphany about this recipe.
I can’t. Truth be told, this recipe was inspired by a carton of rotting strawberries in my refrigerator.
Yeah, I know. Mind blowing.
My mom makes the best peanut butter and chocolate granola bars and I love using that recipe as a base. That’s the great thing about anything granola…you can add anything you want! Not that I’m not happy with chocolate and peanut butter. You can’t go wrong with that, but I just like to mix it up sometimes!
Adding fruit to stuff makes it super healthy! That’s my way of thinking.
There is nothing but goodness in this bowl. Oats, PB, chocolate, almonds, strawberries. Yum!
Strawberry Almond Granola Bars
1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup (sometimes I use honey)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (I used quick oats and it worked fine)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, maple syrup, egg, oil, and vanilla until blended. Combine the oats, brown sugar, and salt; add to the peanut butter mixture and mix well. Fold in the chips, almonds, and strawberries.
Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Yield: 3 dozen
At least my rotting strawberries turned into something delicious! I suggest you make these and eat the entire pan. If you cut them small enough they will amount to zero calories. 😉
Happy Hump Day! I hope you all have a wonderful one!