Sweet and chewy, these homemade granola bars are easy to make and so delicious! Made with wholesome ingredients, they have a honey oat flavor that can be customized with your choice of mix-ins – chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut flakes, or whatever your taste buds desire.
Like my other favorite on-the-go snack ideas, they’re perfect for packed lunches, afternoon snacks, road trips, beach days, forest walks and more. I usually make a triple batch with different mix-ins and store them in the freezer for busy days. My family loves them, and I hope yours will too.
Healthy Granola Bar Recipe
Oat Mixture Ingredients
Liquid Mixture Ingredients
- ½ cup chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, or dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots)
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Place rolled oats, chopped almond, and nuts/seeds onto a rimmed baking sheet and place it into the oven. Toast the oat mixture for 15 minutes.
- While the mixture is toasting, line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- Place the honey, coconut sugar, and butter/coconut oil in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Allow the mixture to bubble for about one minute, or until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the flaxseed, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
- When the oat mixture has baked for 15 minutes, turn the oven to broil and toast for one more minute before removing the pan from the oven.
- Pour the oat mixture into a large bowl, then pour the honey mixture over it and stir to combine. If you’re adding dried fruit or coconut flakes, allow to cool for five minutes and then stir them in. If you’re adding chocolate chips, allow to cool for 20-25 minutes before stirring them in.
- Place mixture in your baking dish and cover with a piece of parchment paper. Using your hands – or a spatula or oven mitt if the mixture is too hot – press the mixture firmly into the pan for about a minute. This step helps the granola bars hold together once they’re cut. If you’re using chocolate chips, keep in mind that they will melt a little during this process.
- Leave the parchment paper over the mixture and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or the fridge for 2 hours, then remove the baking dish and lift the oat mixture block out. Place it on a clean cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut it into 10 bars.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months. If storing in the freezer, wrap individually in parchment paper to keep them from sticking together.
More Healthy Snack Ideas
Nut-Free Energy Balls – More and more schools are going nut-free due to anaphylactic allergies, which can make snacks and lunches tricky for families who are grain-free. Even my kids, who are homeschooled, face this challenge during special event meetups, so we use this recipe when needed.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls – These satisfying, peanut buttery bites are made with wholesome ingredients and take just a few minutes of hands-on time to make.
Coconut Strawberry Chia Pudding – Made with freeze dried strawberries, chia seeds, and coconut milk, this recipe is rich in healthy fats and can be made in under 5 minutes.