Rice and Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

These Rice and Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars combine an easy, homemade chocolate drizzle with oats, pitted dates, chopped almonds and chocolate chips. And they’re ready in just 30 minutes!

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Rice and Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Cooking time PREP TIME 15 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 15 mins
Servings SERVES 12
Ready in TOTAL TIME 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Minute® Rice & Quinoa
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • These easy, energizing Rice and Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars might just give you the boost of energy you need to make that deadline. Make a batch on Sunday and enjoy a week’s worth of delicious snacks.

    Step 1
    Prepare rice and quinoa according to package directions and set aside.

    Step 2
    Coat an 8×8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    Step 3
    Preheat oven to 300°F.

    Step 4
    Purée the dates with 1/4 cup of the oats in a food processor until they form a paste or come together in a ball.

    Step 5
    Mix the remaining oats and the oat/date paste together in a medium bowl. Stir in the almonds and rice and quinoa.

    Step 6
    Heat the honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat until well-blended and hot. Carefully pour into the bowl over the date mixture, stirring well to combine.

    Step 7
    Place the mixture into the prepared pan and press down until very firmly packed and flattened.

    Step 8
    Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set.

    Step 9
    Meanwhile, combine chocolate chips and olive oil in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on HIGH in 15 second increments, stirring each time, until chocolate is melted.

    Step 10
    Remove pan from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool. Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over cooled bars. Cut into 12 bars and enjoy.

    Recipe Tips

    If your dates are dry, soak them in warm water for a few minutes and drain before puréeing.

    Feel free to substitute other nuts for almonds, or use a combination of nuts in these delicious bars.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Lovers

If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter more than peanut butter and jam, then these Rice and Quinoa Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars are for you. You’ll love each chewy, luscious bite of whole oats and chopped dates mixed with semisweet chocolate chips, crunchy chopped almonds and creamy peanut butter.

With 12 bars per batch, these are perfect for a delightful morning treat or an afternoon pick-me-up. But be warned, if you’re making them for the family, these bars are likely to go fast!

Made with our Minute® Instant Rice & Quinoa, these tasty chocolate, peanut butter bars have tons of flavor with the added benefit of filling whole-grain goodness. And if you’re craving more peanut butter and chocolate treats, try this recipe for Peanut Butter and Honey Rice.