After making Peanut Butter Cupcakes I sent the blog post to the big boss at work to prove to him I could indeed cook. He said he couldn’t stand the idea of a cupcake made with peanut butter, but liked the effort.
Later he sent me a recipe he thought I’d like, “Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars“, probably in jest, but I took it as a challenge of course.
So here it is, Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup puffed rice cereal
- 1 cup crushed salted pretzels
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
- 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 180°C
- In a large bowl combine oats, flour, puffed cereal, pretzels, brown sugar, peanuts, and flaxseed. Mix up with a large spoon
- Add peanut butter and mix with a spoon to create a “dough” mixing it in as much as you can for at least 5 minutes. To be honest at this point it was easier to use clean hands to mash it all together.
- In a small bowl mix melted butter with vanilla extract and add to dough, mixing it through.
- Add in honey and stir to moisten completely.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Press the dough into the pan.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top of the slice appears golden brown.
- Removing from oven, allow to cool completely before cutting.
- Cut into small bars.
- Try NOT to eat it all at once! Try not to eat it by yourself. Share it around.
Still working on my photos of food, I got a ways to go with styling I know. I completely ripped off (duplicated the style not using her photo) the pretzel shot from the original post by Jessica at her blog “How Sweet It Is” more as a tongue-in-cheek reference than trying to pass it off as my own.
I’ll probably try some more styling photos while on my lunch break today, and will update the post accordingly.
I didn’t have any ground linseed, but as you can see below, as long as you have the raw product and a Thermomix you’ll be right.