Granola Bars (Peanut Butter)

Wow! My 75th recipe! It seems like it should be more. In any case I feel I’ve hit a milestone of some kind. 25 more and I’ll be at 100. Where are the balloons, the streamers, the noise makers? Oh well, it’s just me sitting at my computer by myself with the hum of the dryer in the next room. There ought to be clowns, send in the clowns!

:::cues video montage of me in the kitchen preparing/photographing all 75 recipes as Judy Collins “Send in the Clowns” plays:::

This granola bar recipe (my 75th recipe woot) has a peanut butter flavor with a hint of sesame. The perfect snack after a hard workout. If you don’t have almond meal you can make your own by putting blanched slivered almonds in a food processor for about a minute and a 1/2. I don’t recommend replacing the rice flour with regular flour. The rice flour is the key ingredient in this recipe, to give it that wonderful crunch and course texture.  GO TO RECIPE >

  • Amy

    These look amazing! I stumbled upon your site today while looking for a good Spaghetti and “meat” ball recipe and I’m looking forward to trying everything! :D Thanks for putting nutritional info on here. Great pics! Perfect!

  • Stefanie

    I made these yesterday. They did not turn out to be bars but that could have been my fault. I had to substitute molasses for the maple syrup. The flavor was awesome with the coconut and peanut butter. This was my fisrt time using rice flour. I made my own instead of spending money on something I will not use often. The flour gave it a nice crunch. I will be making these again once I have everything for them. These are the perfect snack. Thank you for the recipe.

  • My Vegan Cookbook

    Stefanie, what problem did you have that they didn’t turn out to be bars? Did you smash the ingredients down into the pan flat?

  • Stefanie

    The mixture seemed dry even though I smashed it together and put it into the pan. It ended up to be crumbly. I might not have measured molasses correctly and used a bit less then called for. I’ll try it again soon and see how it turns out.

  • chukwumaonyeije

    Congratulations on the 75th recipe. These look very good. I’ll definitely adapt this to my usual recipe and let you know what I think.

  • My Vegan Cookbook

    Stefanie, Try adding a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and heaping tablespoons of the molasses and maple syrup. To clarify, I don’t mean to add an extra tablespoon of those ingredients, just an extra teaspoon when you measure them out. That little bit extra of wetness will help it stick together, hopefully.

  • meg

    I just found your site and I could spend my whole morning reading! I really appreciate the soy-free recipes. I can tolerate a bit of soy sauce but otherwise I really dislike soy. I went vegan a little over a year ago and so far 2 out of 4 of my kids have joined me. They love coming to the table for a meal because every meal is a new adventure! We all agree we never knew food could be so much fun!

    I’m looking for something for lunch and I can’t make up my mind what to make! My kids will be excited I found some new recipes. :)

  • Stefanie

    I made these again and they turned out well. I weighed the peanut butter and added a little more molasses and maple syrup to help them stick. Thank you for your help and posting the recipe.

  • Bridy

    I am going to ahve to try these a.s.a.p.!
    I refuse to buy packaged granola bars for my kids but my son is always begging for them since kids at school are eating them.
    I have tried many home made kinds of bars but they are always so packed with sugar.
    Sadly, I can’t send nuts to school. Any suggestions on replacing the Almond?
    I will use sunflower seed butter in place of the peanut butter, the kids really like it.

  • Bridy

    I just made these! What can I say? I don’t think I have ever tasted anything better then these. I was a bit worried about the rice flour taste. I have never been a huge fan of it, but you don’t even know it is there. I am going to try and tweek it so I can send it to my son’s nut free school. If I find anything that works I will let you know.
    Oh, there is but 1 thing wrong with this recipe. It doesn’t make a big enough batch to last an afternoon. With my kids, husband(and me) it will be gone before I know it. But it takes no time at all to make, so that is good.
    Thanx again!

  • Patricia

    Made these twice now and had to tell you how yummy they really are! Took them camping and they were devoured on the trail and at the site. I used oat flour instead of the rice and almond flours and added some chocolate, coconut and almonds on top. Pic and details here:

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Bridy

    I made a nut free version. If anyone is intrested in vewing it please visit my blog.
    My son can’t take any nut products to school. Sadly I wish he could, nuts are a very important part of our diet.

  • Kelley

    I just subscribed to your feed!!!

    75 recipes and counting, I hope :)

    I plan to make these granola bars in the near future. I will let you know how they turn out

  • Jessica

    Could these be made with any nut butter successfully? I have a bit of an adversion to peanuts which developed in the last few years. Would love to make my own bars though since I miss them and they’re all peanut related commercially.

  • My Vegan Cookbook

    Jessica: Yes, that would work with any nut butter.

  • Meg

    Our family doesn’t enjoy flake coconut. Is there a substitutions you would recommend?

  • Sammy

    I got a crumbly granola. It was too dry for a bar. Delicious, though! Maybe the almond meal was too coarse since I made it myself in a food processor. I’ll try again another time.

  • Linda

    Saw these today and HAD to try them immediately. Followed the instructions exactly as stated, measuring accurately all the way. The resulting bars are lightly sweet, and delicious, but not as crunchy as I hoped for. Also mine were a lot darker?!?!

  • Heather

    Help! 2nd attempt at the pb granola bars, used 3tbsp of pb, 2tbsp agave (don’t like molasses) 1tbsp maple syrup and still have crumble!

  • Brett


    Mine was crumble also. Although in a bowl with some soy milk is yummy.

    Will try again with HEAPED spoons and a smaller tin so not so flat :-)

  • Chris

    Hi Josh, thank you for sharing this recipe, I love it so much that I made it a few days ago and I’m making it again tonight!! It is soooo delicious! To those who want to make it, I recommend doubling the recipe because this goes quickly!