It’s kind of funny that the first granola making of the year happened on a day when it was 70° outside and we’d opened the windows of the house, but I’ve been meaning to make granola for quite some time and I had the time to do it today. Instead of the normal crumbly granola I decided to try making bars. I’m pleased with the results although I let them cook a bit too long and the edges burnt.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars
Preheat oven to 350° Toast oats on a half sheet pan for 10 minutes. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl (butter, sugar, vanilla, egg, peanut butter) and combine well. Mix in the salt. Add the toasted oats and mix to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
Line a sheet pan with a baking mat or parchment paper and spread granola mixture into an even layer (slightly less than 1/2″ thick). If you want both sides of the bars to be flat you could roll it or use another sheet pan and parchment to push it flat — I just left the top rough.
Bake for 15-20 minutes turning once. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert granola onto a cutting board and remove the baking mat/parchment. Carefully cut into bars and move to a cooling rack. When cool store in an airtight container.