Sweet & Salty Peanut Bars

This was literally a clean out the pantry recipe. I had about a handful of peanuts, some miniature boxes of granola, and a cup of white chips, all of which needed to be used and all of which could be found in this one, easy, bar cookie.

sweet and salty peanut butter bars

Adapted from a book I bought years ago called America’s Top Recipes, Over 200 Contest Favorites, this was a winner in the “Kid Pleaser” division, and the credit goes to G. Berry. It’s pretty innovative, and there’s no flour in the recipe so if you use gluten free granola, I suppose it’s gluten free. But I was really just going for something rich, sweet, salty and peanut butter flavored.

The photo shows bars, but after I took it I decided to cut the bars into squares. Also, for the granola I used a type that’s fairly loose and comes in small clumps. Y


ou’ll probably get a slightly different flavor and texture if you use a different brand, but I’m sure any brand will work.

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Sweet & Salty Peanut Bars
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An easy bar cookie of granola, oats, peanut butter and white chocolate.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted or salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granola
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the peanuts to chop. Add the white chips and pulse them with the peanuts. Set the mixture aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, peanut butter, oats and granola, then stir in the peanut/white chip mixture, stirring just until chips begin to melt. Pour the mixture in the pan and press down with the back of a spatula. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for about an hour, then lift from the pan and cut into 8 or 16 bars.


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  1. says

    Okay, these bars look way too perfect :)… waaaaaayyyyyy… that doesn’t seem fair for “leftovers” :).

  2. Louise says

    If you come and “clean out the pantry” at my house, you’ll have add-ins for a couple of months. I just got a copy of “Helen Corbitt’s Pot Luck” from 1962. She said Potluck does not mean always the using up of leftovers. It is, rather, what you decide to have for lunch or dinner today, from things on hand, in the refrigerator, the pantry, or in your Christmas basket. 🙂

  3. Katherine says

    Coincidently, upon reading this post I realized I had all these leftovers. Half a bag of white chocolate chips, small bag of peanuts from a golf outing, sample size box of dark chocolate and almond granola… put it all together and viola a great bar! I threw in some coconut too. Yum!

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