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Peanut Butter Granola Bites

My boys love traditional rice krispy treats.  Even more, they love “Scotcheroos” (you know the peanut butter/crisp rice bottom with a layer of chocolate and butterscotch chips on top)   But I feel a little guilty when I make them, with the overload of corn syrup and sugar that is in every bite.

These little PB granola bites pack the same yummy peanut butter and chocolate flavor, in a little healthier form.  Using Agave nectar (or you can sub honey) for the sweetener, and the pairing of rolled oats and crisp rice cereal – these little bites will soon become an afterschool favorite!

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

Lisa @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 0.33 cups agave nectar
  • 0.25 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup old fashioned old oats
  • 0.5 cup mini chocolate chips


Place chocolate chips in freezer prior to prep – this will help them not to melt when you add to the mix.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine agave nectar, peanut butter, and butter.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Remove from heat, and stir in cereal and oats.  Let mixture cool for about 2 minutes, then stir in chocolate chips.  Form mixture into tablespoon sized balls, and place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set. 

Freezing Directions:

Follow directions above.  Place cookie sheet in freezer instead of refrigerator.  Flash Freeze.  When bites are frozen solid, divide among indicated number of gallon sized freezer storage bags.  TO SERVE:  Remove desired number of bites from freezer and thaw on countertop for 20 minutes.

Servings: 24

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

15 Responses to “Peanut Butter Granola Bites”

  1. Helena says:

    I am assuming that is supposed to say “old fashioned rolled oats” in the ingredients?

  2. Stella says:

    Can you use natural peanut butter with this recipe?

    • lisa says:

      Stella – I haven’t tried it with natural – but I am sure it would work. If you experiment – please let us know how it turns out!

  3. Joy says:

    I made these today with honey………..oh my, they are good. I have eaten a bunch already. Glad I made a double batch. ;)

  4. Rosalyn says:

    Where do you find agave nectar?

  5. cindy says:

    could you use quick oats with this?

  6. Tamie says:

    Just made these -yummy! And so easy. I got about 12. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Kimberly Carter says:

    I’ve got to brag on these cookies! They are my personal favorite! I’ve made them several times now! I use white chocolate chips and whatever cereal I happen to have on hand. Awesome! Now, I’m a big fan of this site, I must admit. See, I’ve been using OAMM for almost two years now. I LOVE y’all! I’ve been a single mom since last summer and this website had helped me so much with my grocery budget ($50/week)! I have plenty to feed my family and always enough to gift a few meals a month. It’s kinda become our little family outreach ministry. I stumbled on this site when I was looking for a new baby gift for my best friend. I used the site (before memberships) to create a month of meals to gift her and her hubby for when the baby came. She ended up really sick just before the Emily was born, then had to deliver via c-section (in January in Delaware). The meals were such a blessing to her new little family during a rough time. I just want to tell y’all thank you for all you do! We have a home business, a super tight budget, and I homeschool my oldest and I don’t think we would be nearly as successful without OAMM on our side. I’m so grateful God brought me to your site when He did! I tell all my friends and family about OAMC and frequently share the recipe links. Thank you again :). Oh, and these cookies ROCK! ;)

    • Kelly says:

      Kimberly! Way to make us tear up at the end of the day. It’s stories like yours that keep us going on our hardest days! We appreciate you as a member and part of our community. So happy to be a part of your amazing ministry.

  8. Janell says:

    I just made these…well I attempted to, anyway. They would not stick together enough to make balls. I used coconut oil instead of butter, but I wouldn’t think that would cause any problem.
    Any suggestions?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Janell, I wonder if the coconut oil was just a little too wet and oily if you did an even swap with the butter. I think next time I would do just 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and maybe even up the dry ingredients a little to see if that helps.

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