Are you planning any road trips this summer? We are heading up to North Carolina with my family in a few weeks and if this ten hour car trip goes anything like our past ones, I know that we are going to need a few snacks and drinks to help us refuel along the way.
My mom is a pretty hard core person when it comes to road trips. She has our best interests at heart in wanting us to get where we are going as fast as possible but if you are hungry or thirsty before our very well planned and scheduled lunch/dinner stop then too bad. So we have learned to plan ahead and pack our own snacks and beverages.
In getting ready for our trip, I ran out to Walmart to grab some snack items we would need for the road. I grabbed a few SNICKERS 2-to-go bars and a some Dr Peppers while I was there. Now, personally a SNICKERS and a soda as they are would be a great road trip pick me up especially since the 2-to-go are perfect for sharing with someone (if you are that generous) or for saving the second bar for a later snack. But, since I like to jazz things up a little bit and since my family loves having all kinds of sweet treats on a road trip, I made these amazing SNICKERS Peanut Butter Granola Bites too.
Don't get confused. While there is peanut butter in the name, I used the traditional SNICKERS 2-to-go in this recipe. I love the unexpected bites of nougat and caramel mixed in with the oatmeal, peanuts and chocolate. You could use the SNICKERS Peanut Butter or Almond 2-to-go versions as well if you prefer. These bites are completely customizable. You can use different kinds of nut butters over peanut butter, you can add in different mix ins and they truly are the perfect sweet but filling treat.
They don't have to be stored in the fridge once they are set up but if you are taking a long (and more than likely hot) car trip you may want to keep them in the cooler with your Dr Pepper.
SNICKERS Peanut Butter Granola Bites
1.) In a sauce pot on medium heat, mix together peanut butter, oil and honey. Heat and stir until completely combined.
2.) Pour oatmeal into a large mixing bowl and pour warm peanut butter mixture over it. Stir to coat.
3.) Stir in the remainder of the ingredients. You want it to be well combined but not overly mixed. The warmth from the peanut butter mixture will melt some of the chocolate and SNICKERS pieces but it tastes better when you leave the pieces as whole as possible.
4.) Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop mixture into mini muffin tins. As mentioned above, you may want to line or grease the tin lightly to help with removal. You can also use mini muffin liners too.
5.) Refrigerate for at least two hours before removing from tin.
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