Homemade Granola Bars


Total Time:

20 minutes



These homemade Granola Bars are perfectly chewy and delicious and so good you’ll never buy store bought granola bars ever again! 

Homemade Granola Bars from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

We’ve been doing a TON of meal prep recently and homemade granola bars are on the weekly to-do list! Thomas and I are both mega snack fans and neither of us do well when our blood sugar gets low. That means it’s VERY important that we have some healthy snacks on hand at all times in case things get bleak!

These homemade Granola Bars are the perfect mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. They are also great for a quick breakfast on the go, or to pack in school or work lunches! All the ingredients are super clean so you know these are going to taste great! And there’s room for jazzing these up on your own… here’s the deal!

Homemade Granola Bar Ingredients:

  • Old Fashion Oats – grab your favorite brand and toast the oats! This is the base of the entire recipe!
  • Almonds – gotta get those healthy fats. You could also sub another one of your favorite nuts if you prefer. Walnuts, pecans, cashews… you name it.
  • Honey – this helps everything stick together! Agave nectar will also work!
  • Butter – I use an unsalted butter because I love the depth of flavor it provides. If you want something other than butter, coconut oil is a great substitute
  • Brown Sugar – more flavorful that white sugar!!
  • Vanilla – you could also use chocolate extract if you prefer. Or leave it out if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Chia Seeds – I love adding a little extra oomph into this recipe. If you want to omit the chia, that’s no problem. Or they can also be swapped out for flax or hemp hearts.
  • Salt – don’t skimp on it! It elevates all the flavor.
  • Dried Fruit – you can use any dried fruit in this recipe! Just make sure you chop it into small pieces if it’s something bigger than a dried cranberry.
  • Chocolate Chips – what is a granola bar without some chocolate?!?!

Now that we’ve got the ingredients out of the way – let’s talk about the process! These are pretty straight forward however there are some key tips to making these extra delish and reminiscint of those store bought bars we all grew up with!

Tips and Tricks for Homemade Granola Bars

Toast the Oats this is super important to really get all the flavor from the oats! You want them to just get a little toasty in the oven before mixing in all the other ingredients

Really press the mixture down in the pan.  Use a spatula or your clean hands and press the granola bar mixture down once you’ve transferred it into the pan. And feel free to put some weight behind it. That will help ensure the bars don’t fall apart when you’re slicing and serving.

Don’t skimp on the chill time. You know how I always insist we chill blondies and brownies before slicing and serving… same thing goes for granola bars. This step (while tedious) just helps everything firm up and cutting will be cleaner and easier. Once they are chilled and sliced, you can let them come to room temperature before serving so they are chewier.

Storing the bars. I store the granola bars in the fridge at all times (or the freezer if it’s going to take you a while to get through them! Just take them out of the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

And if you want a step by step video to make life even easier… here you go!

Homemade Granola Bars from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Homemade Granola Bars

The best homemade granola bars that are so perfectly chewy and delicious, you'll never buy store bought granola bars ever again!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Bars


  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup dried golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra as needed


  • 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.
  • Combine the oats and roughly chopped almonds to a small baking sheet then bake 10 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • 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. Pour the butter mixture over the toasted oats and almonds and add the cranberries and golden raisins. Mix well. Let cool for 15 minutes then add the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer the oat mixture to prepared pan. Using a rubber spatula or clean hands and firmly press the mixture into the pan until the mixture is in a uniform layer. Really press it down so you don't wind up with loose granola. 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 at least 2 hours.
  • After the granola has cooled completely, gently lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper as handles and cut it into squares or bars. Serve as needed.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Lucia

    I can’t do brown sugar. Can I add more honey instead? or will it affect the texture?

    • Gaby

      haven’t tested it that way so I can’t say for certain!

    • emma

      I used equal quantity coconut sugar instead of brown sugar- it was great

  2. Erica O

    They came out great! I really like the golden raisins. I think I want to try coconut next time too. 🙂 I wanted to make my own because 1. Super fresh is always better 2. Less waste and trash in the landfill 3. I’ve been hiking a lot lately and this will be a good little snack on my 10 milers. Thanks Gaby!

  3. Tina

    could I sub sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for the almonds? my granddaughter has a severe nut allergy.

  4. Paige Spilles

    What are your favorite cooking sprays for various uses like baking granola bars and frittatas?

  5. Beth

    Will instant oats be fine? I always wonder if those mess things up when rolled oats are called for.

    • Gaby

      I haven’t tested it that way so I can’t say for sure!

  6. Princess

    If additional items such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried fruit, would the butter mixture need to be increased?

    • Gaby

      I wouldn’t mess with the quantities of ingredients, I’d just substitute and swap things out. if you add too many mix-ins, things will not stick together

  7. Karla Kadow

    Great recipe! I have a lot of my staff at work who are on dietary restrictions, but this would work for all of them as a snack. I’m going to make a batch or two for them! Sound yummy!

  8. Kathie

    5 stars
    I made these today and they are going to be a regular in our house. I love that I can customize them however I want.

  9. Mandi Clark

    Made these for girls weekend for a snack after we took a great hike! They were a hit, Gaby. I will never buy store bought again, exactly as you said. Your recipes have been spot on! Thank you for bringing joy to my kitchen and recipes that raise the bar!

    • Gaby

      what internet browser are you using? The print button should be right below the image in the recipe card area

    • judy

      It has print but it won’t print. I have Spectrum and google.

  10. Amy J.

    5 stars
    Easy recipe and flavor to the max. Love the flexibility to use different seeds & nuts. My kids liked them right away. A winner for our family!

  11. Kim

    5 stars
    So easy and good! I love that you can sub and add the ingredients you like. I gave a bar to my sister after we walked today and she was blown away and made me send her the recipe right away

  12. Jane Foltz

    5 stars
    Love these Granola Bars so much!
    Perfect “Quarantine” And Everday Treat!!
    Thanks Gaby!❤️

  13. Joy

    I’m allergic to nuts. Can you offer an alternative that will give me the nutrients, without the anaphylaxic response?

    • Gaby

      can you have seeds?? any kind of your fav seed would be great too

  14. Lori Thurn

    5 stars
    Blown away by how much better home-made tastes. Fantastic recipe/ works perfectly.
    I Chose to do chocolate/almond/dried cherry with tri-colored golden raisins. I added everything stated in recipe with the addition of almond extract and omitted the cranberries. I really appreciated the video to view the process first.
    Lori T.

  15. Barbara Jones

    I’m looking forward to making this it looks so good and easy I don’t have my own place right now I will in about a month and then I can try this recipe out so looking forward to getting back to cooking even if it’s just for myself I love doing it thanks Gaby

  16. sharyl

    these look delicious. Is there a way to also make a crunchy version of these? maybe bake them?

  17. Tracy

    5 stars
    I made these on Sunday afternoon….and finished the last one with my Monday morning coffee. I’m obsessed! One twist though, Instead of mixing in the chocolate chips, I sprinkled the bottom of the prepared pan with dark chocolate chips and then poured the hot oat/nut mixture on top. Then chilled and cut. The result was an amazing chocolate bottom layer. Yummy!!

  18. Anthony

    Really good and SUPER SIMPLE . Do you know the calorie count per bar?


  19. Jennifer Hofer

    Absolutely delicious! Made them twice already. Added 95% dark chocolate chunks. Works very well!!

  20. Denise

    5 stars
    Any recommendations for making these less sweet? I don’t want to lose the stickiness for forming granola bars.