Healthy Peanut Butter Bars

25 May

My sisterinlaw, Julie, passed this recipe along to me – and I am soooooo glad she did! My mom has been cleaning out old cookbooks and Julie snagged one that is all about meals that provide energy for your body. Julie is always on-the-go and looking for healthy snacks – and it doesnt hurt that she is a fabulous baker, too!


She emailed me the recipe as soon as she had made it and vouched for its excellence. She uses golden raisins and craisins – and mentioned a week or two later that she started to put some chocolate chips on top after they came out of the oven. That sounds amazing – cant wait to try! These are versatile with regards to the types of dried fruits and extras you can add.


Word of caution: I got so excited about trying them immediately, that I thought I could just use my 2-minute quick cook oats in place of the rolled, non-quick……I was wrong. They came out so crumbly that we had to eat them with a spoon. But they still tasted so good that we knew it was simply a matter of getting the correct oats and re-making.

Fresh Baked

This is a nice sweet snack that deems the phrase “Oh, those dont stand a chance against me” from Robbbbb. They are THAT tasty. And the great part is that they are so versatile – you can use any mixture or type of dried fruit and make it to your liking. They are portable and good for you – perfect to take to work, too! What more could you ask for in a fabulous treat?

Nutty Oaty Texture…so good!

Healthy Peanut Butter Bars

  • ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats (not the quick cook kind)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins (or dried cherries or cranberries)
  • 1 tablespoon stoneground whole wheat flour

Put peanut butter and honey in saucepan and heat gently until melted, about 4 minutes. Be sure not to burn! Add oats, raisins and flour and stir well until thoroughly mixed and has consistency of crumbs.

Pack into a 6 x 9 no stick pan and bake at 375 for 15 minutes. And take out of the oven to cool.

IMPORTANT: Leave until completely cooled before cutting/removing. Can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


8 Responses to “Healthy Peanut Butter Bars”

  1. Vira June 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    “Can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.” LOL, like they’d last 2 weeks before being gobbled up. Can’t wait to make.

    • lmullane June 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Hahahahha totally true! We blow through a tray in a short weekend.

  2. Michael Kaiser May 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    yum yum yum!!! i bet the one that turned out crumbly would be good over ice cream or yogurt 🙂

    • lmullane May 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      oooo totally would have been awesome on ice cream, liz! hahahahaa

  3. Christine Halfon May 26, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    yummmmm. and you know, if it is PACKED with good-tasting and satisfying things, as opposed to those damn 100-calorie low-calorie low-taste snacks, you can eat a small bit and it is satisfying!

  4. dskrzycki May 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I’d be curious what the calories are in a serving. Any thoughts?

    • lmullane May 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

      Not sure…’s not low in calories (due to honey and peanut butter), but it’s got great protein and nutrients since it’s all wholesome food. Next time I make it, I can look at calories and try to figure it out.

      • dskrzycki May 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

        Healthy and Tasty is all that really matters. Thanks

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