Instant Pot Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Did you know that you can make deliciously healthy baked goods right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker? This is a great option for those of who live in warm climates and want to use the oven as little as possible in the hot summer months.

These naturally sweetened chewy peanut butter granola bars are a great example. They are lower in fat than many commercially packaged granola bars thanks to powdered peanut butter and can easily be adapted to different tastes by using different add ins.

Before whipping up this batch, I was thinking about Raisinets (chocolate covered raisins) for some reason, so I added in some raisins and mini chocolate chips. The result was a delicious peanut butter raisin chocolate chip granola bar. You can keep them as plain, or toss in as many extras, as you want!

And the best part, this recipe makes a small batch of 10 bars, which is perfect for small families and people living alone, or anyone who doesn’t want the temptation of a huge amount of leftovers just begging to be eaten.

Chewy peanut butter raisin chocolate chip granola bars on serving plate.

InstantPot Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

How Many Calories and WW Points in these Chewy Peanut Butter Instant Pot Granola Bars?

According to my calculations, each bar has about 153 calories.

To see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, Click here!

How to Make Instant Pot Granola Bars

Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.

Ingredients including maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, oats, raisins, mini chocolate chips and powdered peanut butter.

Ready to make granola bars

Step 2: Line a 7-inch round baking pan with two strips of parchment paper in a cross pattern. This will allow you to easily remove the baked granola bars from the pan.

Round baking pan with criss-cross strips of parchment paper.

Criss-cross strips of parchment paper in baking pan

Step 3: Add the peanut butter powder (affiliate link) to a small mixing bowl and stir in 6 tablespoons water until thoroughly combined and it turns into smooth and creamy peanut butter.

Combining peanut butter powder and water in mixing bowl with fork.

Mixing the powdered peanut butter and water

Step 4: Add the peanut butter, oats, maple syrup, oil and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix well.

Combining peanut butter granola bar batter in mixing bowl with fork.

Stirring together the peanut butter, oats, maple syrup, oil and salt

Step 5: Fold in the raisins and mini chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout mixture.

Folding raisins and mini chocolate chips into peanut butter granola bar batter in mixing bowl.

Mixing in the raisins and mini chocolate chips

Step 6: Spoon, or pour, the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down into the pan and smooth the top with a spoon or spatula.

Unbaked peanut butter granola bars in parchment lined baking pan.

Ready to bake the granola bars

Step 7: Add one cup of water to Instant Pot. Cover baking pan with parchment paper, an upside-down plate, or silicone cover to prevent any moisture from getting into the pan. (I really like this InstantPot bake set). Place covered baking pan on trivet and set inside Instant Pot.

Covered baking pan on trivet in InstantPot.

Cover the pan and set on trivet inside InstantPot

Step 8: Place lid on pot so it is locked and make sure the steam release valve is in the Sealing position. Cook on HIGH pressure for 20 minutes.

Instantpot set for 20 minutes on HIGH pressure.

Cook for 20 minutes on HIGH pressure

Step 9: Once the cook time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then move the steam release valve to Venting position and release any remaining steam (being careful to not get burned). After pressure is released and float valve drops, unlock and remove the lid. Using pot holders to prevent burns, carefully remove the covered baking pan from the Instant Pot and set on a wire rack. Remove the parchment, plate or silicone lid (being careful to not drip any condensation into baking pan) and allow pan to cool for at least 1 hour.

Fresh baked peanut butter granola bars in parchment lined baking pan.

Allow the pan to cool

Step 10: After pan has cooled completely, lift the bars from pan using the parchment strips as handles and place on a cutting board. Cut into 10 equal size granola bars. (I opted to cut mine into wedges because it seemed easier to make them similar size).

Chewy peanut butter granola bars cut into 10 wedges on gray serving plate.

Cut the bars and enjoy

Step 11: Any leftover bars can be individually wrapped for a quick grab-and-go snack, or stored together in an airtight container.

Chewy peanut butter granola bars cut into wedges on blue plate.

Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars with Raisins and Mini Chocolate Chips

Recipe Notes

You’ll definitely want to use pure maple syrup to make these naturally sweetened granola bars and not pancake syrup. Pure maple syrup is simply tree sap that has been boiled down with no additional ingredients or refined sugars. Pancake syrup on the other hand—think Hungry Jack, Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin brands—are made with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, water, cellulose gum, caramel color, salt, natural and artificial flavors (like maple extract), sodium benzoate and sorbic acid among other fillers.

You can also substitute 8 tablespoons (½ cup) natural peanut butter (instead of mixing your own with peanut butter powder and water), but your granola bars will have more calories, fat and most importantly be higher in Points.

Feel free to swap out any additions:

  • Don’t like raisins, try dried cranberries, cherry or dates (or any other dried fruit, diced as necessary).
  • Leave out the mini chocolate chips, or try peanut butter chips for a double peanutty granola bar or shredded coconut for a tropical taste.
  • Add some chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds (pepitas), if desired.

To keep these bars gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, be sure to use oats labeled “gluten free” and Enjoy Life Mini Mini Chips.

Remember to adjust your WW Points when making any ingredient substitutions.

Chewy raisin peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars on ceramic plate.

Reduced fat chewy peanut butter granola bars

Serving Suggestions

These chewy bars make a great on-the-go snack and can be enjoyed chilled from the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Try crumbling, or chopping, a granola bar over a small bowl (affiliate link) of plain nonfat Greek yogurt and a handful of fresh berries for a simple breakfast parfait or mid-day snack.

These chewy bars remind me a lot of a chewy raisin oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, so try one with a scoop of banana nice cream or your favorite low fat frozen yogurt for a lite dessert.

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Instant Pot Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Easy to make reduced fat chewy peanut butter granola bars with raisins and mini chocolate chips are naturally sweetened and a snap to make in your InstantPot pressure cooker!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Cooling1 hr

Total Time1 hr 35 mins

Servings (adjustable): 10

Calories: 153

Author: Peter | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

Recipe Notes

You definitely want to use pure maple syrup to make these naturally sweetened granola bars and not pancake syrup. Pure maple syrup is simply tree sap that has been boiled down with no additional ingredients or refined sugars. Pancake syrup on the other hand—think Hungry Jack, Aunt Jemima or Log Cabin brands—are made with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, water, cellulose gum, caramel color, salt, natural and artificial flavors (like maple extract), sodium benzoate and sorbic acid among other fillers.
You can also substitute 8 tablespoons (½ cup) natural peanut butter (instead of mixing your own with peanut butter powder and water), but your granola bars will have more calories, fat and most importantly be higher in Points.
Feel free to swap out any additions:

  • Don’t like raisins, try dried cranberries, cherry or dates (or any other dried fruit, diced as necessary).
  • Leave out the mini chocolate chips, or try peanut butter chips for a double peanutty granola bar or shredded coconut for a tropical taste.
  • Sdd some chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds (pepitas), if desired.

To keep these bars gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, be sure to use oats labeled “gluten free” and Enjoy Life Mini Mini Chips.
Remember to adjust your WW Points when making any ingredient substitutions.
Serving size: 1 granola bar (1/10th recipe)
Click here to see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site.
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Amount Per Serving (1 granola bar (1/10th recipe))

Calories 153 Calories from Fat 46

% Daily Value*

Fat 5.1g8%

Carbohydrates 24g8%

Fiber 3g12%

Protein 5.6g11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Keyword: chewy granola bars, instant pot granola bars, peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars

Recipe source: The Fresh and Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook: 75 Easy Recipes for Light Meals to Make in Your Electric Pressure Cooker (affiliate link) by Megan Gilmore

*PersonalPoints® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan’s ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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