Today’s recipe is for delicious, no bake, calorie-dense peanut butter chia granola bar that are packed full of nutrition – and have great staying power.
I haven’t experimented much with chia seeds at all until recently, mostly because I thought they were super expensive. But honesty, they really aren’t terribly pricy! At least the Wild Oats brand I found from Walmart was affordable. I haven’t found them in bulk at Costco yet (I haven’t really looked that hard for them either) and I don’t typically shop at the groceries where you can buy grains, seeds and nuts etc. in bulk bins. For now, I’ve found a reliable and cost effective brand.
Chia seeds have been added to my smoothies and yogurt bowls lately. They surprisingly make any dish much more filling – even with just a tablespoon added! I figured they’d be the perfect addition to the granola bars I wanted to make. As usual, I was right! 🙂
Why are chia seeds so awesome? I will tell you! 
- There are tons of nutrients for a small amount of calories – two tablespoons have 11 g of fiber an 18% DV calcium among other essential nutrients like manganese, magnesium and phosphorus
- They have 5 g omega-3 fatty acids
- They are packed with antioxidants
- They can improve exercise performance
That list should be plenty long to motivate you to add these little seeds to your meals, pronto! Salads, smoothies, yogurt… Or peanut butter chia seed granola bars! Granola bars of any kind have been on my to-do list for like…ever. I love granola bars, but they never seem to tide me over as a snack until my next meal.
The only hazard is that you might wanna carry dental floss with you…Except I’m serious about the whole floss thing. Friendly tip – do yourself a favor and check the mirror after chia-seeding anything. 🙂
Peanut Butter Chia Granola Bars
Yield 8 bars
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon ground oat flour
- 1/4 cup extra dark chocolate chips
- In a blender, grind about 1/2 cup or so or old fashioned oats. This will become your oat flour you'll use in the recipe.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Stir to mix together evenly.
- Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with plastic wrap. Put mixture into pan, and press down firmly with a piece of wax paper.
- Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and cut into 8 bars. Store in freezer or refrigerator.
Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 10.4 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Unsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Sodium 23.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 24.1 g
Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
Sugars 8.1 g
Protein 8.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
You can use oat flour as a substitute for regular flour in many recipes – especially no bake recipes like these granola bars. You don’t have to go out and find it either, just simply use a food processor or magic bullet/blender to grind down your oats! I do this from time to time, since ground oat flour seems to be a bit more fine than whole wheat flour.
I also recommend using a real natural peanut butter, the kind that you might have to stir. I haven’t tried using one of the Skippy natural peanut butters for these. They may or may not work as well as a binder – so try these at your own risk!