Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars - Easy, healthy and the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. No refrigeration needed!

Homemade granola bars are a great after school snack or lunch box treat. They are super easy to make and store. I don’t care for the no-bake granola bar recipes that require refrigeration. You can’t drop them in a lunch box and expect them to maintain their integrity. They are either too hard right out of the fridge or way too soft and sticky when packed for later consumption. This recipe is slightly crunchy and slightly chewy. That’s what we consider the perfect combination in a homemade granola bar.

Homemade Granola Bars

granola mixed in a glass mixing bowl

Easy and healthy! Mix and match the fruits and nuts you prefer. I usually add what I have on hand.

Stir the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the wet and mix to combine thoroughly.

hand pressing the granola in the pan using wax paper

Pour into a parchment lined 9×13 baking pan, use a sheet of wax or parchment paper and firmly press, careful to keep it even.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely.

close up of sliced granola bars

Cut into desired single serving bars.

sliced granola bars wrapped individually in wax paper

Wrap in wax paper and store in an airtight container. So easy to grab and go!

granola bars cut into serving size bars

My husband was just asking if we have any left. Oops, guess I need to make more.

Homemade Granola Bars – How to video


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Homemade Granola Bars - Easy, healthy and the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. No refrigeration needed!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: about 20
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup oat flour*
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (optional)
  • ½ cup almonds (chopped or sliced)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang for handles.
  3. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry mix and combine well.
  5. Pour granola mixture into the baking pan and press down with wax paper forming a firm packed granola, about 1 inch thick. Making sure it is spread evenly, thinner sections of the granola may overcook.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely, cut into about 24 bars, wrap in parchment paper or wax paper and store in an airtight container.
*Don't have oat flour. Pulse old fashion oats in your food processor until soft powder forms.
Servings will depend on the size you choose to cut the bars.

Per Serving
Calories 238
Total Fat 9.3g
Saturated Fat 3.6g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 12mg
Sodium 81mg
Potassium 197mg
Total Carb 33.1g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 10.4g
Protein 5.4g
Homemade Granola Bars - Easy, healthy and the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. No refrigeration needed!

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  1. Reply

    Amazing! Thank you for this recipe. I made a double batch last night and was told it was the best granola bar the recipient had ever had, better even than Kind bars because it’s more filling / substantial and more flavorful. I forgot the butter completely and the recipe still worked. I’m so grateful, this is now my favorite granola bar recipe.

    1. Reply

      Steve, we are so happy to hear you love the granola bars!!! I will have to try them without butter next time. Thanks so much for coming by.

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