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Homemade Granola Bars

This Homemade Granola Bars recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients. You probably have most of them in your pantry already! Best of all, these granola bars are customizable to your liking. So go ahead and add your favorite nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips to make your perfect no-bake snack.

Granola bars have been a guilty pleasure of mine since childhood. Of course, back then, I preferred the ones dipped in chocolate, because who doesn’t love snacks with a touch of chocolatey goodness?

However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate ingredients that are a bit more clean and healthy. Store bought granola bars can have a lot of sugar and other additives, which is why I prefer to make my own at home.

Plus, homemade granola bars are less expensive than the store bought variety, and you may already have everything you need on hand.

Whip up a batch of these customizable granola bars to use as a quick and easy snack or to pack in your lunch for work or school! If you prefer granola instead of granola bars, try our Pumpkin Spice Granola.

Top down view of several homemade granola bars on parchment paper.

How To Make Homemade Granola Bars From Scratch

  1. Prepare the equipment: Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside while assembling ingredients.
  2. Combine wet ingredients: In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, heat the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract on half power in the microwave until it’s easy to stir. Mix until well combined and smooth and all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Add the dry ingredients: Add the oats, seeds, dried fruit and salt. Stir to fully combine with a wooden or rubber spatula. Once fully mixed, fold in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  4. Chill and cut: Press the mixture into the prepared pan, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Once the bars have solidified, cut into slices, and serve.
Collage showing how to make homemade granola bars.

Recipe Tips

  1. When preparing your pan, it’s important to make sure you have parchment paper underneath. This will keep the granola bars from sticking to the bottom.
  2. Chill for at least an hour or longer to give the honey and peanut butter a chance to solidify which will make cutting easier.
  3. If the mixture is too wet and isn’t sticking together, add a tablespoon more of oats until it does.
  4. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little more honey until it’s the desired consistency.
  5. Try not to overheat the wet ingredients. Otherwise, the chocolate chips will melt when they’re added to mix.
  6. Use your favorite nut butter in place of the peanut butter.
Rows of homemade granola bars on parchment paper.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: These granola bars are best stored in the refrigerator between pieces of parchment paper. Otherwise, they become soft, sticky, and tend to fall apart easily. Keep them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Freezing: If you’d like to freeze any extras, we suggest chopping them into individual bars so they’re easy to thaw and eat. They’ll last in the freezer for up to two months when stored in an airtight container or bag.

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Yield: 12 Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Close up view of homemade granola bars with cranberries.

This Homemade Granola Bars recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients. You probably have most of them in your pantry already! Best of all, these granola bars are customizable to your liking.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup pepitas or sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, heat the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract on half power in the microwave until it’s easy to stir. Mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. Add the oats, seeds, dried fruit, and salt. Stir to combine, then incorporate the chocolate chips.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  5. After an hour, cut into slices, and serve. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 granola bar. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*These granola bars are best stored in the refrigerator between pieces of parchment paper. Otherwise, they become soft, sticky, and tend to fall apart easily.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 812mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 6gSugar: 25gProtein: 11g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Cheryl

Sunday 25th of August 2019

Yummy! Home made granola bars. I make them a lot and after I cut them I wrap them in plastic wrap and put in a freezer bag and they freeze really well. I use honey for a couple of granola bar recipes but I find those ones I have to eat while they're still pretty much frozen because they're too sticky! For a recipe like this when I use oats, I find condensed milk does a much better job than honey on the stickiness scale! When I make granola bars with oats, I add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, craisins, chocolate chips, sliced almonds, and sometimes crushed pretzels if I have them on hand. Granola bars can be such a versatile recipe!

John

Monday 26th of August 2019

Good Morning, huh, I've never frozen them before. Honestly, they usually don't last long enough to justify freezing lol! When I said they're a guilty pleasure, I wasn't kidding. We've also never used condensed milk. I will have to try that sometime. When it comes to personal favorites, I like dried cranberries, walnuts, and dark chocolate. Thank you for commenting, it was good to hear from you, take care, Cheryl!

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