Healthy Granola Bar Recipe
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This Healthy Granola Bar Recipe is packed with nutrition, flavor, and wholesome ingredients. Perfect for on-the-go snacking and will satisfy your sweet cravings!
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Healthy Granola Bar
If you’re looking for healthy snack ideas, you’ve found the perfect recipe! I’ve been making this homemade and healthy Granola Bar Recipe on repeat because I love everything about them. They are made with healthy ingredients and can be customized any way you want so you’ll never get bored of this snack.
If you love these bars, try my Cranberry Almond Energy Bites which is just like a granola bar in a bite-size version!
There is SO MUCH texture in these from the chewy tart cranberries, crunchy almonds, crispy cereal, and chocolate bits- your taste buds and mouth will have their own party.
It’s so easy and convenient to buy granola bars and from the grocery store but these are easy enough to make and are better for you. The best part about this easy recipe is you don’t need to bake these bars. All you do is let them sit in the fridge for a bit to set.
Speaking of healthy snacks, if you love granola try my Vanilla Nut Granola, Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola, and Pumpkin Spice Granola.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These no-bake granola bars are a great way to start the day! Pair these bars with a protein shake or hard boiled eggs for a protein-packed breakfast.
- Loaded with nutrition, plenty of healthy fats, and whole grains.
- Perfect for school snacks, on-the-go, or anytime hunger strikes.
- There isn’t any refined sugar as these bars are sweetened with natural sweeteners.
- They are inexpensive, travel well, and leftovers can be stored for a while.
- Oats: you want to be sure to use whole old-fashioned rolled oats. Quick-cooking oats and steel cut oats won’t have the same consistency that granola bars should have.
- Rice crispy cereal: makes these bars crispy.
- Almonds: you can use toasted or raw almonds. Any type of nut will work for this recipe and it will add healthy fats.
- Honey and coconut sugar: adds a natural sweetness flavor and also a binding agent to help stick the granola mixture together.
- Chocolate chips: I feel like every granola bar should have chocolate! I love using mini-sized chocolate chips so you get smaller pieces of chocolate in each bite. You can also use dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips. Feel free to chop up chocolate too if you prefer to have more chocolate chunks.
- Peanut butter: I use creamy peanut butter but you can also use chunky peanut butter if you want to add more crunch. If you use natural peanut butter, make sure to stir it well so it’s thick.
- Dried cranberries: adds chewiness, some tartness and sweetness. You can use any favorite dried fruit such as blueberries, cherries, apricots, and raisins.
How To Make Homemade Granola Bars
- Toast the oats and almonds: This is optional but when you toast the oats and almonds, it deepens the flavors and the oats will get a bit chewier once they dry out in the oven. This will help give the bars a chewy texture.
- Combine dry ingredients: In a large bowl, add toasted oats, almonds, rice crispy cereal, ground flaxseed, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- Warm wet ingredients: In a small microwavable bowl add honey, vanilla extract, coconut oil, sugar, peanut butter. Heat in 30 second intervals just until warm. Alternatively, you an also warm the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove for a few minutes. Stir until all the ingredients are melted together.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients: Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and thoroughly mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.
- Add cranberries and chocolate chips: Fold in together until they are evenly mixed in together.
- Place the granola bar mixture in the baking dish: Transfer the mixture to a 8×8 inch baking pan or 9×9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Gently press down firmly on the mixture until evenly flattened. I recommend using something flat like a drinking glass to help pack the bars together. Place the pan in the refrigerator to firm up and set for 2 hours, or you can place them in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
- Top with sea salt (this is optional): The sea salt will help bring out all of the warm and sweet flavors.
- Cut into bars: Remove bars from pan by lifting the parchment paper out and cut into 12 even bars or squares. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations & Add-Inns
I love how this granola bar recipe can easily be customized with a variety of dried fruits, nuts, add-ins, sweeteners, and toppings depending on your preference.
Other nuts to use instead of almonds: Walnuts, peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, and pecans.
Seeds to add: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, whole ground flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
Other nut butters to use instead of peanut butter: Almond butter, sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, or any that have a similar consistency as peanut butter. If the nut butter is runny, make sure to stir it from the bottom to thicken it until completely mixed together.
Add-ins: Unsweetened coconut flakes, sprinkles, M&M candies, peanut butter chips, chopped pretzels, and extra spices.
Other sweeteners to use: I use honey but you can also substitute pure maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or jam.
Make Gluten-Free Granola Bars: Swap the old-fashioned rolled oats for gluten-free oats.
Make Nut-Free Granola Bars: Omit the nuts and replace it with the same amount of rice crispy cereal or oats.
Add more chocolate: Add a drizzle of chocolate or dunk the tops of the bars in melted chocolate.
Mini Granola Bars: Make these into mini bars by cutting each bar in half so the recipe will yield 24 mini bars. These are the perfect size for kids or if you want a quick bite.
Leftovers & Storage
To Store: To keep these leftover granola bars fresh, store in an airtight container or wrap each bar in wax paper. You want to prevent as much air as possible from getting to these bars, otherwise they will dry out and become stale. You can also store bars in the refrigerator which will last a bit longer.
If you have to stack the bars, be sure to layer them with a piece of parchment paper in between each bar so they don’t stick to each other.
They bars will last up to 2 weeks when properly stored at room temperature and will last 3 weeks when stored in the refrigerator. They won’t necessarily go bad after that, but they will start to get stale and could dry out.
To Freeze: If you want to freeze this granola bar recipe, you definitely can! Just make the recipe, wrap each bar tightly in plastic wrap, then store in a freezer-safe bag. When you want to defrost a bar, leave it out in the counter for 20 minutes or so or in the refrigerator overnight. Store for up to 2 months.
Other Healthy Snack Recipes To Try
- Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
- Healthy Zucchini Muffins
- 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
- Yogurt Granola Cups
- Superfood Breakfast Bars
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies
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Healthy Granola Bar Recipe
- 2 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup almonds roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup rice krispies or rice crispy cereal
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds optional
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Toast the oats and almonds (optional)
- Place the oats and almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 5minutes or just until toasted at 350 degrees F. Let cool. *this is optional, you can also leave the oats and almonds raw, I prefer the toasted flavor.
To make granola bars
- In a large bowl, add toasted oats, almonds, rice crispy cereal, ground flaxseed, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- In a small microwavable bowl add honey, vanilla extract, coconut oil, sugar, peanut butter. Heat in 30 second intervals just until warm. Alternatively, you an also warm the ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove for a few minutes. Stir until all the ingredients are melted together.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and thoroughly mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.
- Fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips until they are evenly mixed in together.
- Transfer the mixture to a a 8×8 inch baking pan or 9×9 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Gently press down firmly on the mixture until evenly flattened. I recommend using something flat like a drinking glass to help pack the bars together. Place the pan in the refrigerator to firm up and set for 2 hours, or you can place them in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
- Remove bars from pan by lifting the parchment paper out and cut into 12 even bars or squares. Enjoy!
- To Store Leftovers: Store in an airtight container or wrap each bar in wax paper. You can also store bars in the refrigerator which will last a bit longer. They will last up to 2 weeks when properly stored at room temperature and will last 3 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
- To Freeze: Wrap each bar tightly in plastic wrap, then store in a freezer-safe bag. When you want to defrost a bar, leave it out in the counter for 20 minutes or so or in the refrigerator overnight.
Just in time for back to school. These granola bars are perfect for lunch boxes and after school snacks. Homemade bars are the best.
I agree! They are PERFECT for lunchbox treats 🙂
These are so perfect for the back to school! My kids absolutely loved them and I loved them with a hard boiled egg for a delicious fully balanced breakfast!
Sounds like a delicious on-the-go breakfast!
I love the idea of making homemade granola bars. I don’t have any dried cranberries on hand, but do have some raisins. Excited to give it a try!
Raisins would work perfectly. I hope you love them, Ann!
SO good and so easy to make. We really loved the craisens and mini chocolate chips, added some pumpkin seeds and we wanted to eat more than one at a time.
There are so many ways to customize these bars, I love pumpkin seeds in these too!
These are the perfect granola bars! I have been slipping them into school lunches and they are also a great after school snack!
Love that! These are perfect for school lunch boxes!
The timing was perfect when I saw your recipe. We had just run out of granola bars and I wanted to make something different. Your recipe was better than any others I have tried and it’s definitely making a repeat appearance since my family pretty much devoured them!
Thank you so much, Dennis! I love that you and your family all loved these granola bars!
These were a godsend for snacks for my kids this week! I made a batch on a weeknight and they were ready to grab and go for days after. Will make again for sure!
That is amazing! I am so happy that your kiddos loved them!
This recipe makes for a tasty and healthy snack that everyone will enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
You are so welcome, I hope you get a chance to try them, Moop!
Hi Kathryn! Love this recipe when I made it for the first time today! I did find that my bars didn’t “stick” very well and crumbled and fell apart! Any tips for my next batch? Thank you!