Chocolate peanut butter pretzel granola bars are the perfect sweet and salty treat!
Well…that was a stressful weekend. It included waking up to a plugged duct Friday morning, an evening gig that had a rehearsal that went into overtime, a conductor that gave us only a ten minute break instead of the regulation fifteen minutes, and me running to my car to frantically pump during those ten minutes. It all worked out, but the whole thing just reminded me of why I avoid evening gigs at this point in my life. Worrying about Baby Bee and the hassle of pumping are just not worth the money I make. Daytime gigs are much easier on me.
And, as you can see, I redid my blog design. Whenever my blog design changes, you can be pretty sure that I had to deal with some sort of stress. :) It’s relaxing to play with fonts and colors and layout and take a break from whatever craziness I’ve been dealing with.
Anyway, by the time Sunday rolled around, I was ready to make a treat! And I knew just what it would be. I had pinned this recipe that Sarah from On the Brightside posted last week. I love salty and sweet combinations, and these granola bars were super easy and so delicious. I made some changes, because I was in a hurry and missing the rice cereal, so here’s my version:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars.
These chocolate peanut butter pretzel granola bars are a salty, sweet treat!
- ¼ cup vegan buttery spread
- ¼ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter or sunbutter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups gluten free oats
- 1 cup gluten free pretzels chopped
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ cup dairy free chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips to sprinkle on top
Coat an 8x8 baking pan with canola oil.
Mix the pretzels, chia seeds with old-fashioned oats in a large bowl. Add sea salt.
Place buttery spread in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Add peanut butter and microwave for 20 seconds. Give it a stir, then add brown sugar, and honey and microwave for about 20 more seconds. Add the vanilla and stir.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir to coat. Pour in the chocolate chips and mix. The chocolate will begin to melt. Use a spatula to evenly and firmly press the granola into the pan.
Sprinkle the top of the granola bars with extra chocolate chips and gently press them into the granola bars with the back of a spoon.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting. To cut, loosen the edges with a knife and remove the whole piece. Place on cutting board and cut with a very sharp knife.
adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
If you like salty and sweet treats, you need to make this recipe. And it worked really well for me to take the shortcut of microwaving the wet ingredients. Make these today, you won’t be sorry!
How was everyone else’s weekend? Did you have time to make any treats?