8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

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8 easy homemade granola bar recipes that come together in a snap. Variations include peanut butter chocolate, spiced nut, and cranberry white chocolate.

Have you ever made homemade granola bars? I did for the first time a few years ago to take with us on a trip to Yellowstone. They were delicious bits of heaven and I’ve been making that same recipe often for years. The other day I got a crazy idea to turn granola bars into one of my giant “# of this thing you should make” recipe posts and now I can’t be stopped! I have literally made granola bars at least three times a week for the last month. They are awesome! They taste delicious, they travel well, they make great little gifts to take over to friends, and they are just plain easy to put together. Need a snack for preschool, after t-ball, or to take in the car to a game? I’ve got you covered.

I’m so excited about these posts because I think there’s a lot of power in giving you a lot of bang for your click. In other words, no matter how you got here, I want to make sure that you don’t go away with out getting some great information/inspiration. If you chose to click over to my blog I want to make your time worthwhile. So far I’ve done 8 no bake oatmeal energy bites, 9 date balls, 10 healthy snacks in a jar (you can make ahead), and 9 Staple Salad Dressings You Should Know How to Make (which is going crazy in Pinterest, hooray!), and I have so many fun things planned.

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Thank you! And now enjoy some amazing homemade granola bars from my kitchen to yours.

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY


Base Granola Bar Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


The base recipe for 8 easy homemade granola bar recipes that come together in a snap. Variations include peanut butter chocolate, spiced nut, and cranberry white chocolate.



  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips, etc.)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl.
  3. While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine. Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine. Make sure none of the oats are dry.
  4. If you are adding chocolate, wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate and then stirring to combine.
  5. Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.


These store very well in the fridge or freezer. You may want to wrap them in a bit of parchment paper before putting them in a container or plastic bag in the fridge so that they don’t stick together.

The nutrition info was calculated with using almonds for the 3/4 of a cup of “mix-ins”.

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Snack

Keywords: homemade granola bars, healthy granola bars

Tips and Tricks for making this homemade granola bar recipe:

  • You can use 1/3 cup honey and 1/4 cup brown sugar in this recipe if you like a stronger honey flavor. The granola bars will be slightly more sticky this way. My kids did not like this ratio, though I thought it was great. The honey flavor was too strong for them.
  • You can replace the brown sugar with honey and gently boil the mixture for about a minutes for these bars (stirring lots, honey burns quickly). The honey flavor was very strong but the bars held together. I didn’t really like the bars like this (too much honey flavor but when I used less they didn’t stick together).
  • You can make the recipe as written and gently boil the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes and the bars will have a little more crunch to them and will be less soft/sticky.
  • I’m 90% sure you could replace the brown sugar with coconut sugar though I haven’t tried it yet.
  • I liked to press my bars down a second time after they chilled for the 2 hours. This really helped them to hold together well.
  • These store super well in the fridge or freezer.
  • If you are going to add chocolate, you’ll want to wait until the hot honey and oat mixture cools a little bit (about 15 minutes) or all the chocolate chips will melt (still tastes great, but doesn’t look as nice).
  • Toasting the nuts and oats is optional but it makes the granola bars taste like cookies. I highly recommend it.
  • You don’t actually have to put the oats/nuts in the bowl. If the pan that you toasted them on is large enough you can just pour the hot honey mixture over the top and carefully stir everything together right on the pan. It’s a little trickier, but I’d rather take a little more time to stir than wash an extra bowl.
  • I feel like these are good after the 2 hour rest but I feel like they are really good after you let them sit overnight (this could be at room temperature if you are short on fridge space…). It gives everything time to blend and the texture improves, just FYI.
  • I tried a batch with coconut oil in place of the butter and it turned out great though they seemed to not hold together as well.

Here are my 8 variations. You’ll follow the directions in the “master mix” recipe but I have specified what nuts and add-ins to include. The possibilities are endless but here are some of my favorites!

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

Blueberry = master mix + almonds + 1/2 cup dried blueberries + 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Notes: I’m obsessed with dried blueberries right now! You can get really tasty ones at Trader Joe’s (they were soft and squishy and did come with added sugar), and I also bought a bag of unsweetened ones from Bob’s Red Mill online and had them mailed to my house. These were very hard but still delicious. In an effort to soften them up a bit I tossed them in the butter mixture on the stove and let them sit in the hot liquid for about 10 minutes which worked fine. You can use traditional shredded sweetened coconut or you can buy shredded unsweetened coconut, both were delicious, though I like the texture of the unsweetened coconut better.

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

Dark Chocolate Cherry = master mix + pecans + 1/2 cup dried cherries + 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Notes: The toasted pecans in the granola bars were my favorite. If you are going to use pecans don’t skip the toasting step because it makes them amazing! I have bought dried tart cherries, dried Bing cherries, and dried “sweet” cherries recently. They are all delicious (again I got some at Trader Joe’s and the tart cherries online from Bob’s Red Mill). I liked the tang of the tart cherries the best but any will work really. 8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

Tropical = master mix + cashews + 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (pineapple, mango, and mandrine oranges) + 1/4 cup coconut

I got all of the dried fruit at Trader Joe’s and it was all so delicious. I’m sad my dried pineapple is all gone. You can use traditional shredded sweetened coconut or you can buy unsweetened coconut, both were delicious, though I like the texture of the unsweetened coconut better.

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

White Chocolate Cranberry = master mix + almonds + 1/4 cup dried cranberries + 1/4 cup sunflower seeds + 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

These were classic, traditional, and good. Plus, the red from the cranberries are really pretty.

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

Peanut Butter Chocolate = master mix + 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (add this when you add the vanilla and salt and stir well to combine) + 1/2 cup M&M’s + 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Notes: Did you even have those “Kudos” bars when you were a kid that were practically an oat candy bar? These taste just like them. I used both natural and traditional peanut butter with success. The addition of a few peanuts would be delicious though I didn’t try it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel = master mix + 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (add this when you add the vanilla and salt and stir well to combine) + 1/3 cup broken pretzel pieces + 1/4 cup peanut butter chips + 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Notes: these fell apart a little more for me (from adding the pretzels I assume, they must soak up some of the moisture faster than the oats do), you can add an additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the honey mixture to add a little more moisture.

8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY


Spiced Nuts = master mix + 1/2 cup almonds + 1/2 cup pecans + 1/2 cup cashews + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (add this when you add the vanilla and salt)

Notes: The additional of cinnamon and all those perfectly toasted nuts was awesome.

Sunflower Pecan = master mix + almonds + 1/4 cup sunflower seeds + 1/4 cup candy coated sunflower seeds + 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Notes: The candy coated sunflower seeds are really pretty and I liked using them, but they actually don’t taste all the great (they don’t have any chocolate). After I made and ate these I wanted to go back and add either 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the butter mixture OR some chocolate chips (maybe white chocolate chips?). They needed a little more going on. You can use traditional shredded sweetened coconut or you can buy unsweetened coconut, both were delicious, though I like the texture of the unsweetened coconut better.

This recipe is adapted from and inspired by What’s Gaby Cooking.


8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

Which granola bar recipe will you be making first?

Here’s one last combo because it’s my current obsession – the master mix with pecans (toasted, you have to toast the pecans!) with dried blueberries and a little bit of cinnamon thrown in. You guys, it tastes like a berry crisp and I’m not complaining. It’s so good!

You have a million and one options (with 8 solid recipes to start with) and I know at least one of them spoke to you heart (or stomach) today.

Go and make them!


8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes You Should Try TODAY

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209 Responses
  1. These sounds great! I will definitely give some of them a try. Have you ever made the master mix without any nuts in them? Would I just add more oats in their place? My kids school is nut free…

    1. I’d just skip them all together and not worry about adding more oats, the nuts wouldn’t have soaked up any of the moisture really so I don’t think it’d me an issue! Let me know if you try it, I’d love to hear how it works.

    2. Isabelle

      For a nut Free version, you can replace nuits bye seeds (pumpkin, chia, sesame, sunflower, hemp, etc).I always transform the recipes to adapt them for school.

    3. Rachel

      Hi there! I LOVE the sound of these recipes. My children all 3 suffer from various food allergies so homemade is how they get a LOT of their snacks. Once my middle daughter had a bad skin reaction to a major name brand granola bar, and she loves them. The question I have about these recipes is how do they hold up in the pantry or just generally out of the refrigerator? We have a vacation trip coming up and I won’t have access to a fridge.

      1. Melissa

        I think you could bake them, maybe at 350 for 10 minutes? I think your other option would be to let the sugar mixture come to a light boil for maybe 1 minute. If you cook the sugar a bit on the stove I think they would firm up once cooled too. Then refrigerate them until you leave. Hopefully that will help them hold up on your trip!

    1. Yep, I put it in the notes/bullet points in the post, did you see it? All honey needed to simmer (super low and slow though because honey burns quickly) to cook the sugar just a bit so that it would be a little stickier and stick together. Also, it was very strong in the honey flavor and we didn’t like them very well. If you adore all things honey you might, but if was super strong. If you are looking for a more natural sugar route I’d try coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar!

        1. Melissa

          They stick fine but it was too strong of a honey taste for me kids to like them… that’s the only issue with using all honey.

          1. Vanessa

            I made the original recipe using almonds and cranberries but I used syrup in place of honey only because that’s what I had at home , they turned out so well. If making with peanut butter. Would that replace the honey?

  2. AmyW

    I’m excited to make this for my child’s preschool, since parents take turns making snack for the kids. I love all the ideas!

  3. Susan

    My 14-year-old daughter made a batch by herself, and they’re super yummy! She did a 1.5 recipe to go in a 9X13 pan, and those dimensions worked out well. She added roasted almonds and dried cranberries. They hold up really well – thanks!

  4. I only have a microwave, do you know how I might be able to bake the oats and nuts using a microwave? Mine’s a basic microwave (hi, mid, low settings), there is no convection option.

    1. Hmmmm, that’s a great questions. I really don’t have much input for you but I think it would be worth trying a batch on maybe low? Let me know if it works for you!

  5. Emma Siepmann

    Just made a batch using pretzels, coconut, almond butter, almonds, pistachios and chocolate drizzled on top after they cooled. SO GOOD! Thanks for the great recipe–I’ve had lots of trouble with bars falling apart on past attempts but these were great.

  6. Cath

    I’ve made these a couple of times just using a fridge to set them, but I am going for a trip, and I won’t have access to a fridge to store them. I’ve tried keeping them at room temperature before, but they always fall apart. Do you think I can perhaps bake them for a short time to bind the ingredients together, so they’ll hold together at room temperature? Love the recipe by the way – SUPER DELICIOUS!

    1. I do think you could bake them, maybe at 350 for 10 minutes? I think your other option would be to let the sugar mixture come to a light boil for maybe 1 minute. If you cook the sugar a bit on the stove I think they would firm up once cooled too. I’m so glad you like them and I can’t wait to hear about any adjustments you might make.

  7. Angela

    These were absolutely delicious! Like, amazing! I have tried a couple of other granola bar recipes and these were defintely the best. They tasted great and the texture was perfect. Thanks for all your work to get these just right!

  8. BRE

    Just made these – turned out great but I made some adjustments:
    No butter, subbed PB. Added 2tlb milk to thin out mix from PB.
    Mix-ins were:
    Oven-dried strawberries and bananas, cornflakes, chocolate chips, mixed (unsalted) nuts.
    I also added cinnamon, and a little pink Himalayan sea salt.
    Delightful! Thanks! I’ll be making these again.

  9. Lisa Patmor

    I have been looking for a good granola bar base recipe and this is it. I am feeding the cross country team each weekend when they travel and this recipe is perfect. I added almonds, pecans and walnuts to the base and then add extra flavors beyond that. The kids love them and so does the coach. The kids are now making flavor requests each week! (No nut allergies, obviously…). Thank you so much for the great ideas.

  10. Emma

    I just made these with the M&Ms, chocolate chips, and PB. I had saw that someone 1.5’d the recipe for a 9×13 so I did that. They didn’t cut into nice shapes and the M&Ms all fell off! Now I see that I should have probably doubled it. Do you think that doubling it instead would fix the crumbly not-holding-together issue?

  11. Shelby

    These are so good! I made the peanut butter pretzel ones and I did dried cranberry, coconut and almonds and the last one I was channeling an almond joy and did almonds, cashews, coconut and chocolate ?. So yum!

  12. Diana Davis

    These were delicious! So easy and I added coconut, peanut butter and raisins! Weird mix I know but I used what I had to test the recipe. Definite winner will be making this all different ways! Love it

  13. Nicki

    How about making these for a vegan friend… if I sub earth balance for butter could I swap the honey for agave or other sweetener? I am not familiar with adjusting for vegan cooking. Thank you!

    1. I’d do coconut oil for the butter and agave or maple syrup for the honey (though the agave is closer in texture to the honey, so maybe try that first!). I’d love to hear how it goes!

  14. These. are. amazing. Period. I have tried countless granola bar recipes and never had any as good as this. No problems with crumbling either and I kept them at room temp. We took them (double batch) on holiday last week and they were supposed to last all week but only lasted about 2 days. I could eat a whole batch myself in one sitting. My problem is that I actually need to make them taste LESS good cuz I couldn’t stop eating them! Kids loved them too. I did a double batch and put them in a high-rimmed cookie sheet. It was perfect. Making more tonight for this weeks lunches–if they make it past Tuesday!

  15. Mandi

    I’m making these now in a gluten-free version & the “dough” tastes great! (Peanut craisin chocolate chip and almond craisin coconut). I’m wondering if you have tried to make granola clusters with this recipe???

  16. WOW! So many variations and they all look delicious. You’ve put so much work into these and we can hardly wait to try them. Thank you for sharing. Loving your site as well! xo

  17. Michelle

    can’t wait to try these for our upcoming trip as snacks for the boys. Can you replace the honey with maple syrup? It might be a bit too runny. Also going to try nut free when we back as the school is nut free.

    1. Melissa

      I think if you use maple syrup you’ll want to use something like flax meal of chia seeds to help everything stick together more but I’d play with it, I’m sure you can get it to work! And yep, sunbutter works great for a nut free option!

  18. Brooke

    Love this! I am totally going to make this a regular snack for our family. It’s so good. I try recipes out all the time and more than half the time, the recipe isn’t actually that great and it’s a total let-down, but these turned out perfect!

    I used gluten free oats from Trader Joe’s. For my extras I used Trader Joe’s gluten free coconut granola, more coconut, dates, cashews and sunflower seeds. I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. I used a little more than what’s called for with the brown sugar because I find the coconut sugar to be slightly less sweet. Anyways, they turned out amazing!

  19. Anna

    These look awesome!! I have a question. I’ve done no bake granola recipes before and it seems like you have to remove them from the refrigerator and eat them right away otherwise they become kind of ‘melted’ I need to bring these to a friend’s house in another state. How do I do this? Should I get to my friend’s house and say these granola bars have to be refrigerated for 2 hours before consumption? I feel like when you bake the bars they stay together better but not sure if I can bake these. Is there a reason for baked vs no bake? Just wondering. Thank you in advance!

    1. Melissa

      It’s all about how much you cook the sugar! So for this recipe if you boil the sugar mixture a full minute to 2 then it’ll stick together better than if just you let it come to a bubble. Try that. I just made these last week again and let it boil a minute and they were the perfect stick together but not be hard consistency. Try them! I just put them in the fridge to cool them before cutting them they don’t need to stay there and will be totally portable. Also, make sure you give them a good press in the bottom of the pan with the bottom of a cup or measuring up, that’ll help everything stick together better too!

      1. Anna

        Thank you so much for your reply!! I will definitely try what you said. I am currious to ty the colored sunflower seeds. They make your bars look so pretty!

        1. Melissa

          I actually got them at Joanna Fabrics on a whim and haven’t found them since! I bet somewhere like whole foods or Trader Joes might have them.

  20. Gina Fioravanti

    I made these with dried blueberries and pecans and local Swarmbustin’ honey. They were AMAZING ! Thanks for the recipe !

  21. Padmore Clarke

    Hi madam,
    How are you, I will like to know if you do the firm granola for sale even if I have to pay, I don’t mind. Thank you best regards

    Padmore Clarke

  22. HappyMommy

    Absolutely delicious! This was my first attempt at homemade granola bars and I followed the recipe exactly. For addons I used orange flavored cranberries and white chocolate chips. I did bake the whole thing for about 6 minutes based on one of the comments. A keeper for sure. Thank you!

  23. Reem

    At the beginning of the recipe instructions you mentioned to preheat the oven to 350degrees. Then later you said to pour the mix into yhe prepared pan but you didnt mention baking the mixture!! Do you actually bake it or just refrigerate it?

  24. Lisa

    I Used the base recipe it was great. On my 2nd batch now gonna try n use maple syrup instead of the honey hopefully the will stick together and taste good fingers crossed

  25. hanisha

    Hello tried these granola bars, but they are falling apart even after refrigerating them overnight….Can you please suggest a way out to make them stay together…They are perfectly sweet so adding more of honey would make them sweeter please help to survive the batch..

  26. Laure

    I don’t use butter, sugar but olive oil and honey
    I mix them together and put all the mix in
    I love your receipe
    Laure from Switzerland

  27. Jordan

    Hi! i love these bars! Ived tried alot of recipes and this one hasnt failed but i just wanted to know instead of coconut oil could you be able to use vegan butter to make it vegan?

  28. Eamon

    I loved these they were delicious.To make them stick together better you said to boil the sugar mixture for 1-2 minutes,is that with or without adding the honey as will it not burn.

  29. Just wanted to say, thank you very much for posting this recipe. I just can’t get enough of them! They are a bit of a bicep workout to get together, but the flavour is worth it lol. I’m going to try and experiment with other add-ins in hopes that I might be able to make a nut-free version for school lunches, but in the meantime it’s a great bar for the whole family outside of school 🙂

  30. Renee

    These are sooo yummy. I read through the comments and made mine as follows

    I made these in a standard rimmed cookie sheet, doubled the recipe and volume was good, but next time would do 2.5

    Did 1/3 honey and 1/4 brown sugar ( doubled), but would reduce honey too 1/4 next time, had a tiny bit too much liquid which settled on the bottom of the bars when chilled so I think I could scale it back a bit and make them less sweet.

    I did mine with only chopped almonds, so this could have accounted for the extra liquid and then pressed it in the pan, let cool 15mins, sprinkled mini m&ms and pressed again quickly before they got mushy – looked great but the m&ms didn’t stick great- chips this way probably would have worked better.

    I also had to do 1/2 margarine, 1/2 butter as I ran out of butter, and forgot the salt so I sprinkled it on while waiting to cool for the chocolate, but neither appeared to effect taste, delish!

    Great recipe, thanks!!

  31. Bogumiła B.

    Making these today.

    They look super good and it’s been a long time since I’ve found this fantastic recipe… I’m not sure about what to add but still I’m sure it will be delicious.
    Do you think I could use freeze-dried fruit?

    (Sorry for mistakes, please excuse them if you see any… I’m not a native speaker…)

    Have a nice day 😉

      1. Bogumiła B.

        Thank you;-)
        I had no time yesterday after all… And so my first batch is cooling right now. I hope they will be super yummy even though mine definitely do not look as pretty as yours 😉

        Thank you for this recipe.

  32. Stephany Bartolo

    love this recipe thank you! I used coconut oil and brown rice syrup in place of the butter and honey and its great. They don’t hold together in bars but more like clusters so I just use this recipe for granola for my yogurt parfaits. So delicious!

  33. Kassia

    These are delicious! I made a double batch. One for us, one for a friend who just had a baby. I added almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. I also used coconut sugar in place of brown sugar and coconut oil in place of butter and added a few shakes of cinnamon. So, so good.

  34. Cheryl

    I’ve been searching for a granola bar recipe for my husband and sons to take to work with them that was made with healthy ingredients, tasted great and didn’t fall apart. Not too much to ask, you’d think… However, most of the recipes I’ve tried resulted in either a sticky mess or just wouldn’t hold together. I just made these about an hour ago and I can already tell they’re are going to hit all marks. I let the liquid boil a couple extra minutes to get a slightly firmer bar and they started setting up nicely by the time I poured the mix into the pan. The flavor (of course I had to sample) was wonderful- perfect mix of honey and brown sugar – but not overly sweet. I used toasted almonds for the nuts and Trader Joe’s dried cranberries, raisins and blueberries. I think my search is finally over! Thank you!

  35. We’ve made these several times; raisin and coconut, then peanut butter and chocchip, and today date and coconut. All delicious. Great recipe.

  36. Mariia

    I made them today and they are great! Love the recipe! I used master mix+almonds, than 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup pistachios and 1/4 cup dates. Instead of brown sugar I used a coconut sugar and they turned out perfect.

  37. Andrea

    I am so excited to try these! I just found your recipe today. I see that you don’t need to bake yours after putting them together but I am curious why most others do? Is there are reason? Just curious about the difference. Thanks again for sharing the recipe. I am planning on adding pumpkin seeds, dried tart cherries, and dark chocolate chunks.

  38. India

    The master mix calls for 3/4 cups of extra mix ins at the end. Is this in addition to the additional ingredients for the special bars listed below?

  39. Lynn

    Great recipe. Everyone devoured the first batch I made last week so I’m making a double batch this week. Great quick snack.

  40. Aafreen Parker

    Its such a fabulous recipe i tried it n i loved it and my hubby loved it too n now almost every 15days hez behind my life to make a new batch lol which i love making for him.. n this is all possible coz of u bec the recipe u mentioned is just too perfect n so easy to make plus ur extra mentions as to how to make it easily is just excellent..thank u for posting it..i super love it..

  41. Aafreen Parker

    Also please i just wanted to ask that if i store in refrigerator overnight and then the other day carry it on my travel flight which would be about 12hours to another country will it be still proper or will it catch mold or will it become soggy??

    1. Melissa

      They will be great on a plane! The fridge just helps for long term storage but they are just fine out. They won’t get soggy or mold in that short of a time.

  42. Cat Deville

    Thanks so much for these. I am going to experiment with tweaking them to my own tastes. I’m diabetic, so I’m going to try making some dark chocolate cherry ones with a healthy, homemade honey-sweetened dark chocolate coating the bottom instead of using chips. Wish me luck!

  43. Aimee

    I have to leave a comment after visiting this recipe 4x in the last 3 months — thank you for posting! I’m a new mom, and I’ve been modifying these (added flax seed, etc.) in place of lactation cookies because these bars last so much longer than cookies. I wrap them in foil and leave them in bowls in my ‘nursing stations’ throughout the house, and they’re *great*!

  44. Thank you for this recipe. I tried it recently for the first time with my 3-year old child, as I was looking for ways to continue to enjoy them without using foil wraps.

    We enjoyed making it, and when the bars were ready to be had, they didn’t last long!

  45. Lacey Estrada

    Love making these! They’re much better than the ones at the store. We like to replace the nuts with our favorite crushed cereals – shredded wheat and chex work well, but I’m sure you could use anything!

  46. Fantastic recipes! OK – you seem very creative! Challenge – any suggestions for making the bars vegan? I prefer to stay away from sugar and don’t mind if they are not sweet. Also, I prefer not to use honey due to the whole vegan thing (as well as butter). YES! Hard to think about. But if you can come up with something, your business will grow even bigger! I will share your site with everyone!

  47. Brittany

    This recipe sounds delicious! But how would they hold up for a toddler? In the past, the recipes I’ve tried have turned out to either be hard as a rock or far too crumbly. I need something that he can grab and eat (preferably that can be stored in a diaper bag for a few hours) without leaving millions of pieces behind. Also, if I wrap them individually and then freeze, would these last for 2 or 3 months?

    1. Melissa

      I have 5 kids and we LOVE THESE! I know just what you are talking about. Conventional granola bars are band from our house because I cannot handle the crumbly mess they leave everywhere. You will love these, they turn out great, stay together, if you are adding fruit or nuts chop them up so your toddler can chew them well (and when the pieces are more uniform in size, the bars stay together better) and then cut them into smaller pieces too. I will cut each bar in half again so that they are essentially half a granola bar. And yes, they keep super super well. I can’t wait for you to love these as much as we do!

  48. Sil Johnson

    I’ve made several variations using this base mix and they were all delicious! Definitely have to wait before adding chocolate or peanut butter chips if you want pieces of them and not have them melt (both ways taste good) 🙂 excellent base for any kind of granola bars.

  49. Meghna

    I have been making these granola bars for my family for 2 months now. It is my daughter’s go-to snack for school and my hubby’s fave munch before hitting the gym. Thanks a ton Melissa- these taste absolutely heavenly, not to mention how wonderfully healthy they are!

  50. I make these every week for my family. I always use peanut butter and add nuts, chocolate chips. My fiance think I’m incredibly wonderful for making homemade granola bars for his lunch. Thank you for the amazing recipe.

  51. Ro

    I doubled the recipe for the basic recipe using almonds and dried cranberries. I may have used a little over the 3/4 cup of cranberries. They were very good except too sweet for my taste. I will make them again, cutting back on the cranberries and brown sugar. Excellent basic recipe! Thanks.

    1. Melissa

      You probably just have too many additions to your oats, try adding a bit less of increasing you honey and butter by a few tablespoons.

  52. Haritha

    I made these with honey, dried unsweetened cherries, walnuts and Coconut sugar. They came out delicious and my 17month old is addicted to these ?

  53. Stephanie

    Just made these and they are amazing! I replaced the nuts with seeds because my son goes to a nut free school and they are still yummy. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe

    1. Melissa

      Sometimes the quick oats will also be called minute oats. They are just cut a little smaller than the rolled oats so the texture is different. You can use either one, it’ll just hold together a little different and the texture will be a little different.

  54. These are the best. I add maple syrup, cinnamon, and raisins for my husband’s bars. I toast pecans for mine, and the kids have a field day will their variety of mix-ins. I do have a question since my oldest doesn’t like nuts. Is there a sub for nuts or could I make it without the almonds for the same taste? I’m worried about the texture though.

  55. kara

    Your recipe says it serves 16. That would make very tiny bars. I watched your video and see you only made it into 12 servings. We cut the butter by half, used truvia brown blend, subbed sugar free pancake syrup for the honey, and threw in 2 scoops of whey while we were at it. It gets the calories down (PER 12 BARS) to 190.

  56. Nikki

    Made these and they crumbled into granola instead of a “bar”. I followed the directions as stated and do not understand why they did not “stick” together. I went to the internet and found out that this is a common thing, what could have went wrong? The taste is beyond amazing just didn’t get that “bar”.

    1. Melissa

      You were probably just a little more generous on your measurements for dry ingredients and additions “extras”, just up the honey/butter/brown sugar by a tablespoon or so each next time or add less oats!

  57. Terry

    Hi, I just read your first recipe listed. It is what I’ve been looking for. It is healthier than I thought it would be too. I will try it today and I’ll be back.

  58. Nutan Lohiya

    Fabulous recipe . I made a mix of Organic jaggery, butter, honey with a little water. On boiling added chopped dates,raisins,dried apricots and dried figs. Added to the baked mix of oats and slightly ground almonds and cashews. Left it to rest overnight. Thanks for this amazing healthy snack ????

  59. Granola bar lover

    Perfect! I added 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds (the kind for baking), 1 tablespoon flaxseed and 1 tablespoon chia seeds. I can’t wait to try more variations! Loved it.

  60. Jackie

    MElissa, do you know approximately How much fiber is in the “base” mix? I need to add some fiber and protein to my very restricted diet (fructose, lactose and gluten
    intolerant )and I wonder if adding a small amount of psyllium and whey isolate protein powder would work. I would need to replace the honey with maple syrup and carefully choose additions). Thanks!

    1. Melissa

      I don’t know for sure but there are some free online options for calculating nutrition info that might work really well for you! I think you could definitely play around with the recipe to get the results you need!

  61. Joy

    I want to thank you for all the yummy recipes. I will be making the Dark Chocolate Cherry bars (using tart cherries of course) and a little change up on your Cranberry White Chocolate bars. I’m going to use Dark Chocolate (a little healthier I think).

    1. Jim

      This is what I did. Tart dried cherries, dark chocolate, and coconut. I found this recipe and bought the ingredients a couple of weeks ago, but just didn’t get around to making them until today. Had I known how delicious they were going to be, I definitely would not have waited! Going fishing with my son and wanted snacks. I don’t know if they will even last until we leave.

      I can’t TELL you how YUMMY these are! Thank you so much.

      1. Jim

        Oh yeah, we doubled the chocolate. Even though we waited 15 minutes, the chocolate chips melted. But like my son said, “Oh darn! I guess we’re going to have to add more chocolate later.” Because these are OUR granola bars and we can make them any way we want!

        So now we have gooey melted chocolate AND solid chocolate chips. Double bonus!

  62. Well, I must say I was emotional unprepared for how AMAZING this recipe is. I’m seriously blown away. I’ve been eating crap granola bars from the grocery store this whole time and this recipe has been out for YEARS? This will be something I make in my house every week for the rest of time. Melissa – my family and I can’t thank you enough.

  63. Danielle Brown

    Hi there. After my husband found your recipe a couple weeks ago, ive just now made a batch. Weve been looking for recipes like this in order to give our kids more real food. It took a while to get ingredients all in the pantry at one time. Were just not used to stocking these items on our tight budget but i finally got em. I made it with just raisins and fingers crossed the kids love it tomorrow.

    1. Melissa

      Welcome! How did the kids like them? My kids always prefer chocolate over raisins but you know… kids 🙂 I on the other hand love all of the fruit granola bars! Hope you all did too!

  64. Thank you for this! My son (3.5yrs) and I decided today was a good day to make some granola bars to have on hand. We absolutely LOVE all of your energy bite recipes – we call them nut balls and ALWAYS have a big bag in the freezer for quick snacks. When we found this granola bar recipe and variation on your site we knew this was the granola bar recipe for us!

    1. Melissa

      LOVE this comment! Thank you! Which one did you choose and how did it turn out?! Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment, that really makes my day.

  65. Janet Levy

    I made these with a base of cashews and rolled oats and the following mix-ins: dried tart cherries, dried apricots and a muscat/golden/red flame raisin mix.

    The total calorie count per bar was a whopping 345 or three times that of a commercial bar. However, sharing one with my husband following a 30 mile bike ride was well worth the caloric overload! (I would vote for a Snickers at 250 calories next time).

  66. For Christmas I used this recipe to make “stocking stuffers” for everyone in the family. I tripled the recipe and loaded the bars with a variety of “add-ins”. The bars were so scrumptious and popular that I have not stopped making them! Guess what everybody got for Valentine’s Day! Thanks!!

  67. Allison

    I love this recipe. I use Rice Krispies instead of nuts.

    Has anyone found a good way of using maple syrup instead of honey? I tried it but the bars didn’t stick together. Thanks.

  68. Ariane

    Um first of all these were DELICIOUS! I’ve been trying to find a suitable recipe to replace our grocery store granola bars (they’re so expensive! And go too fast in a family of 6) Tip for using chocolate/m&m’s/anything that melts: freeze your chocolate first! It prevents melting when stirring into the warm bar mixture so they hold their shape. Thank you for the recipe! We loved it!

    1. Jim

      I tried freezing the chocolate chips. This did not work for me. But it might be because I tripled the batch. (If I’m going to spend a half hour making granola bars, I’m going to darn well make it worth it. And they WILL get eaten.) With the extra mass to surface area ratio, I guess it takes longer to cool down. We had a gooey chocolate mess, and had to put more chocolate chips in later. Again. Oh darn!

  69. Just made these for the first time on the weekend. They were a big hit by all!

    Wanted to share that I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and was happy with the results! Bars held together and taste great. Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  70. hungry person

    these were amazing! I used the recipe without nuts or any add ins and it was amazing. i popped them in the fridge for 30 minutes and they were perfect.

  71. Jess

    THANKS so much! These have gone down and absolute treat with my 5 nephews and all their soccer team mates!

    There is a no nut policy here in Australia so I replaced the nuts for a mix of sunflower seeds, pepitas and shredded coconut and it worked great!

    It’s been shared around to all the mum’s, thanks!

  72. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I cant wait to try them. We are trying to create less waste as a household and one of our biggest plastic waste is granola bars. My toddler loves them. I love that I can control the sugar co tent too!

    1. Melissa

      Congrats on being aware of the waste you produce, that’s an important thing! I’m really glad I could help you out with some of your goals too, happy granola bar making Clarissa!

  73. LaVonda Burton

    Me and my husband love these. My second time making them and I didn’t have honey so I used light corn syrup. I also only used 2 cups oats so I could put more trail mix in. Put them in my small muffin pan with liners and scooped them 1/4 cup and made 11 granola cups. They turned out great!!

    1. Melissa

      Ohhh the cups are a GREAT idea! Portable and takes some of the fussiness out of cutting them into bars. Thank you for sharing the idea!

  74. Simina Balan

    Hi! I tried the recipe, it’s delicious (i switched the butter for equal parts of coconut oil and almond butter to make them vegan). I just wanted to know how long you reckon their shelf life is ? I’d like to make big batches but don’t want to waste.

    1. Melissa

      They’ll keep about 5 days on the shelf but they’ll stay almost 2 weeks in the fridge, that’s where I normally keep mine if I make a big batch for snacks and school lunches.

  75. Pam Darling

    OMG! The best recipe I have ever found! Made them with cashews and almonds in the toasting phase, and pecans, cranberries, blueberries, cherries and shaved coconut at the end. Absolutely excellent! One bar can keep you going for the whole morning! Thank you for inspiring me to make something really delicious!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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