These no bake Peanut Butter Cookies and Cream Granola Bars have been kid-approved in our house. Peanut butter, chocolate cookies, and candy make these homemade granola bars taste so good.
Over the years we have gone through boxes and boxes of granola bars. My kids love packing them in their lunch boxes, eating them after school, or having one as a bed time snack. With three growing kids you can see how we would end up going through quite a few granola bars.
Fast forward a few years, and I realized that I could make my own granola bars customized with what my kids like to eat. We love coming up with fun new combos every time we make a new batch.
I have a few recipes for baked granola bars that I make every so often. But when I'm running short on time, the no-bake versions get made more often. Easy and no-bake always win out when it comes time to make a new batch for the week.
These easy granola bars are also fun treats to share at bake sales. Our school hosts a fun cake walk/bake sale each spring, and I love making something kid-friendly to share.
This week I decided to make some homemade granola bars. My kids suggestions for the mix-ins were Oreo cookies and Reese's Pieces, but the good thing about this recipe is that the options seem endless for what to try.
Feel free to add whatever you have lurking in your baking cupboards. We always have a few half empty bags of candy, cookies, or chocolate that gets thrown into granola bars. Granola bars are a great way to use up those partially full bags.
Because food is always more appealing in cute packages, I wrapped each bar in a small glassine bag, added a chalkboard label and tied some bakers twine to the top.
These bags were stored in a container on the counter, so the kids could grab one to go any time they needed a sweet snack. Since they were already wrapped, there was no need to find a plastic bag each time they packed one in their lunches.
Wrapping the granola bars this way is also an appealing way to share them at bake sales or parties. Cute food always catches our eyes first, right? And who wouldn't want a delicious peanut butter granola bar full of cookie chunks, candies, and chocolate chips?
Our kids all agreed that these homemade granola bars were amazing! I see many more peanut butter cookies and cream granola bars being made and eaten in our house and sent to bake sales in our area.
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