The Empty Kitchen 02: PB & J Granola Bars

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If you’re as obsessed about peanut butter as I am, then you’ll love this recipe. You’ll also love that’s it’s pretty much as easy to make as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and probably healthier. Prep time is about 10 minutes, with ingredients you have lying around at home. Come on, that old bag of rolled oats you have no idea what to do with… These are perfect for breakfast or as a midday snack, and lets face it, way cheaper than store bought granola bars.

The recipe is adapted from Good and Cheap.  I used raspberry jam and kept the ingredients quite simple, but you can add extra flavour by throwing in some chocolate chips, dried fruit or nuts.

Makes 10-12 bars.



  • 3 cups rolled or quick oats

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup jam of choice

  • 1/4 cup hot water

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, or butter, or vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp honey, or maple syrup, or sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Optional: raisins/craisins, coconut flakes, nuts, chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 8″ by 11″ baking pan (or one of similar size)

  • Pour oats into a large bowl and set aside.

  • In a small pan over low heat, add the peanut butter, half the jam, hot water, coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Add salt and cinnamon, then stir until everything is combined and smooth

  • Pour mixture over oats and mix until completely combined and all the oats are coated

  • Pour into pan and press it out evenly. Spread the rest of the jam on top
  • Bake in oven for 25 minutes, until it’s brown around the edges
  • Let bars cool completely (it’ll take about an hour) then cut into bars



Photo by Kelly Duval


About Kelly Duval

Born in Montreal, Kelly is a recent English Literature and Creative Writing graduate. Perpetually dreaming of delicious food, searching for fluffy animals and hoarding notebooks.