This homemade granola bar recipe is an easy way to make from-scratch granola bars that are chewy, delicious, and good for you!
I don’t know about you, but we’re big granola bar eaters in this house. It’s the perfect quick, healthy snack on the go. But…I also have a child with a peanut allergy, which makes buying granola bars really complicated.
Sure, there are a few options available, but for the most part, peanut products rule in the granola industry. Plus, what I typically can find for them is nothing more than a candy bar wrapped up as granola. What used to be a healthy snack is now loaded with sugar, chocolate, and various candy products.
And so, I’ve started making my own. Not only can I control the ingredients we include, but I can also change them up as often as I want.
Tips for Making Homemade Granola Bars
For years, I couldn’t master granola bars. Sure, I could make granola, but when it came to the actual bars, I couldn’t get them to hold.
If that’s your struggle as well, here are a few tips to help you out:
- It’s all about the “glue,” so don’t skimp. In this case, the sugar, honey, and butter mixture we use. This helps keep them sticky enough to hold together once they’re baked.
- Make sure you push down firmly on your granola once it’s in the baking dish. Loosely packed granola won’t hold together! I like to layer a piece of parchment paper over the top and use the back of a spatula to push down all over until it’s really packed.
- These bars become much stiffer once they’ve been refrigerated, so if you find that they’re still falling apart, try layering them in between 2 pieces of parchment paper in the fridge until they’ve hardened. Don’t worry, they’ll still be chewy!
Homemade Granola Bar Recipe
One of my favorite things about this homemade granola bar recipe is that it’s not just oatmeal in a bar form. I love adding all sorts of flavors to my granola bars, so in addition to oats, you’ll find chopped nuts, dried fruit, coconut, and chocolate chips.
It’s also really customizable. As long as you keep your ratios of dried fruit, nuts, grains, and “glue” roughly the same, you can tweak the actual ingredients to your liking.
Tools You’ll Need
To make this granola, you’ll need to make sure you have a saucepan, wooden spoon or spatula, a 9×13 baking dish, parchment paper, and an oven.
- 2 cups whole oats
- 2 cups of chopped nuts (I like using pecans and walnuts)
- 1 cup unsweetened toasted shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup dried mangos, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried pineapples, chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tbs butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 300
- In a saucepan over low heat, melt your butter, stirring frequently. Add brown sugar, honey, and vanilla and bring to a simmer, mixing well.
- Add oats, chopped nuts, fruit, and coconut and mix well.
- Remove from heat and fold in chocolate chips.
- Line the bottom of your baking dish with parchment paper, and spoon your granola mixture on top. (This will make it easier to remove later).
- Even out your granola mixture as much as you can, then put another layer of parchment paper on top. Use the back of a spatula to press down firmly and evenly all over.
- Remove the top layer of parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool for an additional 30 minutes, then cut and serve.
Note: I like to wrap my bars individually in parchment paper so they don’t stick together and hold their shape.
As for storage, we go through these pretty quickly, so I just put a lid on my baking dish and store them in the fridge, but they also freeze well!
More Homemade Granola Bar Recipes to Try
Looking for more homemade granola bar recipes to try? Here are a few more you might like from other bloggers! I did include a peanut option (because I personally love peanut butter when I can safely enjoy it away from my kids), but I’ve also substituted sunbather or almond butter with good results!
- Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Gimme Some Oven
- Mango Coconut Cashew Bars from Lemon and Zest
- Healthy Granola Bars from Erin Lives Whole