Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars

Peanut butter and chocolate are best friends.

They are the perfect compliment. Like, cheese and wine. Nail polish and glitter. Books and the beach. Summer and mojitos. Peppermint and Christmas. Water and Mio. You and me.

Have I told you of my obsession with Mio? It’s the real deal. For whatever reason, I was struggling to drink water. The only thing I do drink is water and the occasional glass of wine, but water just tastes boring these days. And I’ve been perplexed by these crazy little triangular spaceship looking things that hold the most incredible tasting water flavor enhancer.

Over Easter, my mom, and the man and I bought every single one of their flavors. Well, except the energy ones. Because energy drinks are terrifying. Tired? Need more energy? Go to bed (!) instead of staying up until 3am on Pinterest or watching The Bachelor or, even, doing homework. No one has homework to do until 3am. Come on. Fit it in during the day.

My favorites are the watermelon one and the peach mango. Aaaand the best part if you can put them together! Fruit-flavored fiesta water for your taste buds. You’re welcome.

Peanut butter and chocolate is wonderful together. It’s sweet and salty. It’s great for anytime of the day. Dessert? Check. Breakfast? Check. Snack? Check. Heck, dinner? Yes! Peanut butter and banana sandwich Nutella? Yes yes yes.

This is yet another thing I have crossed off my bucket list. Yay! Suggestions on what next? Now that I don’t have a limitation to no sweets?

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Granola Bars
Adapted from Liv Life Too

1/2 c peanut butter
1/3 c honey
1 egg white
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
1/4 c wheat germ
1/4 c chia seeds
1/4 c packed brown sugar
Dash of salt
1/4 c chocolate chips

1. Mix PB, honey, egg, oil and vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, chia seeds and sugar.
3. Pour PB mixture into oat mixture and combine.
4. Transfer to 9×9 baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray, and bake at 350° for approximately 12 minutes, or until the edges brown slightly.
**Tip: Use a spatula to press down the mixture once it is in the baking dish, so that it can create a better bind. Do this before and after baking. Also, refrigerating for a few minutes after baking can help the granola bars to hold better.

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