If I were to title this post properly, I would have put “Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”. But that is way too big a mouthful and I would much rather you use that energy by eating these scrumptious bars!
In just 2 weeks, my husband, Travis has his National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championship event. People fly from all over the country to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend this competition at the Larry H. Miller sports track. Some would say this event is a pretty big deal. If you are married to a racing fanatic, it becomes a very big deal.
I love to attend races and watch my husband on the track. However, my racing fanatic husband often gets caught up with his meetings, car adaptions and racing buddies throughout the day (plus his actual races), that I don’t actually see him at these events for long periods of time. That means he’s not around to grab lunch often or find snacks with me. When there’s no food but concession stand treats, I need to be prepared!
These bars are the most delicious snack for a any afternoon. They are easy to cart around and have a slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor. Sweet from chewy dates and chocolates, salty from the pretzels and salted peanut butter. It’s so good! They should be kept cool if possible since you don’t want the chocolate chips melting, but they hold a nice shape and are just so deliciously chewy, chilled or at room temperature. This makes them great for packed lunches for the kids, picnics or tasty breakfast bars for on your way to work. I was kind of shocked at how addicting they were… But when you think about it, when are pretzels, peanut butter and chocolate not addictive? The answer is never.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (vegan & gluten-free option)
1/3 cup Honey or Agave
1/3 cup Creamy Salted Natural Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Soaked Dates (soaked in just enough water to cover for about 1 hour)
2 Tablespoons Ground Flax or Nutritional Yeast
1/2 cup chopped Pretzels or Gluten-Free Pretzels
1 1/3 – 1/2 cups Oats or Gluten-Free Oats
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips or chopped Chocolate
Chop soft dates until they become a rough paste. Combine all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Press mixture in a parchment lined 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. Place in refrigerator or freezer to set for 30 minutes. Cut into slices. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.