Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade granola bars are a great after-school snack or lunch box treat. They are super easy to make and store.

Homemade Granola Bars stacked up on a white plate.

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 healthy granola bar recipe is slightly crunchy and slightly chewy. That’s what we consider the perfect combination in a homemade granola bar.

Homemade Granola Bars Video

Why You’ll Love These

It’s a homemade granola bar recipe without peanut butter and no refrigeration required! A perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack.

Key Ingredients

  • Oats – This granola bar recipe uses old-fashioned oats and oat flour.
  • Seasonings – Dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Liquids – Unsalted butter, honey, and pure vanilla extract.
  • Add-Ins – Ground flax seed, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries.

Tips and Variations

  • Be sure to really press the granola mixture into the pan. This will help make sure the bars don’t fall apart when cutting.
  • You can use dried cherries, raisins, or blueberries. Chop larger pieces smaller.
  • Swap up the nuts! Use peanuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc.
  • Toss in mini chocolate chips or mini M&M’s.
  • Dip the bars in melted chocolate or drizzle it over the tops.
Granola bar ingredients mixed in a glass mixing bowl.

How To Make Homemade Granola Bars

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

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang for handles.

In a large bowl stir the old-fashioned oats, oat flour, ground flaxseed, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt. Feel free to add your favorite nuts and dried fruits.

Add in the melted butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Hand pressing the granola bars in the pan using wax paper.

Pour into the prepared pan, use a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper and firmly press, careful to keep it in an even layer.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature.

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 or bag. 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.

Storing

Store in an air-tight container or bag at room temperature for up to a week.

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Homemade Granola Bars stacked up on a white plate.

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

Homemade Granola Bars – Easy, healthy and the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. No refrigeration needed!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, granola
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup oat flour*
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed optional
  • 1/2 cup almonds chopped or sliced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°
  • Prepare a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving enough overhang for handles.
  • Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry mix and combine well.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely, cut into about 24 bars, wrap in parchment paper or wax paper and store in an airtight container.

Notes

*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.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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5 Comments

  1. 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.5 stars

    1. 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.

  2. How long will these stay good? I am looking for a bar recipe to use to make bars to add to resupply for a long distance hike. I’d need them to be able to stay good for a month or more sealed in baggies

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