My friends would say I’m “a good eater.” That’s a polite way to put it. I eat a lot and need snacks to get me through the day. (“Hangry?” …Talk to me around 3 PM and I’m the definition of hangry…)
For a while I stocked up on granola bars, fig bars and other snacks at my desk. None of them tasted good and most were coated in sugar and overly processed. Then I switched to more natural type brands and to be honest, they were still gross and unsatisfying.
And then while I was traveling to my hometown of Minneapolis, I picked up a homemade(ish) granola bar at the local co-op. It was delicious AND it filled me up.
I found my new snack formula:
Peanut butter + Coconut = Happiness
I saved the ingredients list and have made a version of my own at home ever since. Once you make your own granola bars, it’s hard to go back to store bought ones. I’m all about recipes for slackers since I don’t really follow recipes and want everything I make to be easy.
With that being said, here is my simple homemade granola bar recipe.
Easy No-Bake Peanut butter coconut bars
- Peanut butter (no sugar added – most natural/organic brands are just ground peanuts, this works best)
- Shaved unsweetened coconut
- Salted sunflower seeds (optional)
These directions are approximate proportions since I’m not much of a recipe person. You may need to adjust the proportions to make sure you have enough peanut butter and honey to stick them together. Disclaimer: If you make a purchase with the links below, I may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
- Place approx. 2 cups of peanut butter in a large bowl
- Add approx. 1.5 cups of shaved unsweetened coconut
- Add approx. 3/4 cup oats
- Sprinkle in sunflower seeds
- Add approx. 3/4 cup honey
- Chop and add dates to taste (approx. 8 dates chopped)
- Mix thoroughly with a spoon or your hands (use gloves if you want to avoid sticky hands)
- Once mixed, taste to see if you need to add any more ingredients (too dry? add PB or honey – too wet? add coconut or oats)
- Place unbleached natural wax paper on your counter in 12″x 12″ squares
- Put the mix into a baking pan and press on the bottom
- Cut into squares
- Wrap squares individually in wax paper
- Store in the refrigerator in a tupperware/glass container
There are lots of different variations of this recipe, and you can add different things based on what you have in your pantry. Each time I make it the proportions are slightly different, so I suggest tasting it along the way to get the mixture just right!
Since these granola bars are homemade and “no-bake” note that they won’t be hard and you probably won’t be able to flail the bar around without it falling to pieces. Once you taste the bar you’ll realize the form of processed granola bars isn’t worth it, who minds a little crumbling? —> The bars shouldn’t be super crumbly however, if they are, add more peanut butter and honey.
Word of caution: Since I use natural peanut butter and wrap these in wax paper, it has a tendency to leak oil from the peanut butter. I store these in a glass tupperware container, or make sure to put them in a baggie in your purse so you don’t get PB oil everywhere!
You’ll notice that it only takes around 15 minutes to make a full batch, which can yield a lot of granola bars.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
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