Homemade Granola Bars

I’m a bit of a granola snob. Mostly because I eat it on a daily basis in any form possible, be it Homemade Granola Bars or loose granola. It’s just the way of the world.

Lately I’ve been making Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips, dried fruit and chia seeds. (I’ve been on a bit of a chia kick recently and can’t be stopped!) It’s an epic snack for mid-morning or mid-afternoon hunger and it’s also pretty amazing as a late night nibble if you’ve stayed up too late binge watching 3 seasons of Game of Thrones. (ahem…. me!)

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I’ve successfully made it through all 3 seasons of GoT within the last month. (I’ve shaved off 2 hours of sleep a night so I can power through all these episodes!) I can’t even believe I’ve never watched it until this year, it’s quite possibly the best show on TV. And the Red Wedding. Omg, if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m taking about. It rocked my world – in the worst way possible. I don’t know if I’ll ever recover.

I’m now just patiently waiting for season 4 to start and in the mean time I’ll be snacking on these Homemade Granola Bars and counting down the hours :)

Homemade Granola Bars

Anyways, about the Homemade Granola Bars! They are stuffed with dried cranberries, golden raisins and plenty of chocolate chips. I’ve been known to throw in dried cherries or apricots if those are on hand too. You can mix and match and kind of dried fruit, just keep the proportions the same so the granola bars stick together properly and hold up when cut! You can serve these right away to a group of people or cut them and wrap each bar in a bit of parchment paper and refrigerate them until ready to eat.

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars


  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole natural almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup orange blossom honey (any honey would work if orange blossom isn’t available)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried golden raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra as needed


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom of a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. Then lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the oats and roughly chopped almonds to a small baking sheet then bake 7-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. While the oats are toasting, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract seeds, chia and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves, making sure to stir occasionally.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the toasted oats and almonds and add the cranberries and golden raisins. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  5. Transfer the oat mixture to prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula firmly press the mixture into the pan until the mixture is in a uniform layer.
  6. Scatter remaining a few extra tablespoons of mini chocolate chips over the granola bars and use the same rubber spatula to gently press them into the granola so they stick. Transfer the entire pan to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours.
  7. After the granola has chilled completely, gently lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper as handles and cut it into 12 bars. Serve as needed.
  8. If you’re waiting to use these, individually wrap them in more parchment paper until ready to eat.

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  1. No shame in your love of granola girl!! I don’t really eat it, and by looking at these ingredients I have no idea why?? Probably because for a while people were saying granola isn’t good for you…blah blah blah. How is it not? Love homemade anything and this looks simple and divine! Awesome touch of chocolate chips 😉 Thank you for another fab recipe!!

  2. Hands down the best show on earth. If you really want to mess yourself up, then read the books. They are so addictive and so much more detailed than the show. I went through all of them in a few weeks- by husband thought he had lost me forever! Granola bars look great!!

  3. I LOVE granola! My car seat and my lap are going to love these bars much better than the loose granola I am always tossing in my mouth (and missing obviously)!
    I can’t wait to make these today!

  4. I definitely think home made granola is best, this is following making your coconut granola twice now! Could I substitute coconut oil for the butter? Oddly enough, I was thinking how I might make the granola into bars when I last made it for my birthday.

  5. I just made these but used coconut oil instead of butter and maple syrup instead of sugar.. They are fantastic! I love your recipes

  6. We love these granola bars!! I don’t think I will ever get store bought again. These are fantastic!! Thank you so much for a great recipe.

  7. Made these today and they were delicious!! They look so much like store bought granola bars but taste so much better. Kids and hubby approved, too. Thank you for the great recipe! I don’t think I will ever buy store bought granola bars again, these were so easy. I’m curious if you know the calorie and / or fat count on these?

    1. Hi Suzanne! So glad your whole family enjoyed them :) Unfortunately at this time I don’t have any info on calorie count. Sorry!!

  8. I am about to make these for my hubby! He eats (store bought) granola bars everyday at work and I have been looking for the perfect recipe to use! I’m excited, thanks for the recipe!!!!!

  9. I’ve already made one batch and they went down so well I’m making my second. One apreciative colleague told me they were good enough to sell at the farmers market. High praise indeed.

  10. Hi,

    I may be missing something but do I need to bake after combining all the ingredients, it only says about the chilling.

    Your coconut granola recipe had baking times. Thank you in advance for your clarification.

    Ps – your recipe was the best I found and I am baking at midnight as I immediately wanted to try it :-) Sri xx

  11. I was wondering if these bars are crunchy/dry or chewy/moist? I am looking for one not so crunchy. Thank you!

  12. These are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. One tip I have to share that worked well for me; after the mixture was complete I spread it onto a parchment paper lined jelly roll / cookie sheet that had sides to it ( like the directions said), but then I put another layer of the paper on top and with a rolling pin flattened the mix between the two sheets of paper. That provided for a more uniformly thick and denser bar which tended to hold its shape better after the refridgeration and cutting. The pan is about 13X18 inches and it held a double batch nicely.

    The main reason I made these is because my daughter is in her freshman year of college and is on the varsity rowing team at her school. A grueling early morning routine which doesn’t always allow for a good breakfast, dining hall isn’t open at 4:30 AM :)
    She typically eats the store bought bars at $1.50 each. She would eat two every morning and practices 6 days a week. Doing the math that is $72 a month. I figure I am about a third of that cost and I know where all the ingredients are coming from (an added bonus).
    My only problem now is trying to keep up, I dropped a double batch off on a Thursday night and she texted me the following evening saying they were almost all gone. Nice to hear she is sharing with her teammates, she has suddenly become very popular, but, so, forget about that whole savings analysis thing :)

    In closing, to top things off, I started a bee hive this year and am enjoying a small amount of the busy little guys (eh mostly girls) honey this year.

    Thanks for sharing this recipie, it’s going on an index card in the family favorites.

    Brentwood, NH

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