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 9 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. Carly

    OMG. I just made these granola bars and can’t believe how unbelievably good they are. Thank you for this recipe!!

  2. Joy

    I made these granola bars last night. The taste is really good; however they crumbled when I tried to cut them! I got some to stay in bar form, but the rest just were a bit of a crumbly mess! Not sure why that happened.

    • Gaby

      Hi Joy!! I haven’t had that happen to me – did you press them into the pan really firmly?


      This happens to me every time. I just just it for a type of granola to add to my yogurt. Yum!!

  3. Himani

    Hi Gabby. Love your recipe, it was a big hit with granola lovers! I was wondering how much of the brown sugar or honey to reduce if i want to make a less sweeter version of the same thing ? I presume since the honey acts as a binder, it may be better to reduce the brown sugar instead.. ?
    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Gaby

      I’d cut down the brown sugar but keep the honey as is!! I haven’t tested it out with less brown sugar but I bet if you reduce it by half you’re safe!

    • Kristi

      I made them with half the brown sugar, and they are still very sweet — and delicious! .

    • Gaby

      If they are wrapped in an air tight container or plastic wrap – they’ll be great for about 1-2 weeks

  4. Kim

    HI, I make my loose granola with olive oil for a great flavor. Can the butter in this granola bar recipe be replace with olive oil?

    • Gaby

      never tried it with olive oil but I would assume it would work!

  5. Kay

    Made these to bring along on a camping trip – we loved them. I cut them into squares rather than bars, and also made the following changes. I added 1/4 cup peanut butter (warmed with the honey mixture), and didn’t use the golden raisins and chia seeds. I let them set for a day in the fridge before cutting. Stored them in fridge (camper). Also shared with friends; everyone enjoyed them. Going camping again this weekend and it was requested that I make them again. They are sweet – think my boyfriend ate a few for dessert. They are a filling snack and also can make a quick breakfast along with fruit.

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  8. Gin

    Honey, sugar, chocolate chips, dried fruit, not a healthy snack!
    Really honest, we look up to you, where’s the ” good for snack”?

    • Gaby

      Hi Gin, I’m quite confused my your comment. I’ve never said these were a healthy snack – only a great snack. One that my family and I love eating. I’ve never really considered granola to be healthy regardless of if it’s homemade or store bought. Sorry they don’t fit into your idea of a snack. Perhaps some of the other recipes on my site will be a better fit for you.

  9. Brenda

    Can’t wait to try these bars. Thanks for all your hard work developing them. I will let you know how mine turned out.

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  12. Stephanie Osmeyer

    Hi Gaby. I have some peaches mixes w sugar that I used for.a cobbler. I cut too many peaches. How can I dry them out to use in this recipe as I do not have a dehydrator. Thanks !

  13. Katie

    I made these today for my family and they were a huge hit! However I added lemon and wild orange essential oil! Taste amazing!

  14. Stacey Herron

    Hi! Have you ever doubled this recipe? What size pan did you use if so? Thanks!

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  20. Arbara

    I made them but I thought they would be soft ic don’t what I did wrong I could not cut them so I broke them up also what is the fat and calorie count

  21. Joseph

    Loved these! I changed the recipe a little. Left out the dried fruit but added a of peanut butter to the butter mix and did toasted almonds and chocolate chips! The kids loved them! Once again I’m the favorite uncle!!

  22. ann kostoff

    Amazing!! What a great recipe. I added a little toasted coconut, chopped figs, sunflower seeds and flax seeds. They taste so good. Thank you!!

  23. Stephanie Kilgore

    Did you soak the chia seeds or just put in dry? My daughter has so many food allergies that I am having to make so much from scratch! I am hoping the chia seeds will provide a good protein source she can’t get from soy.

    • Ailsa Dennett

      Hi, I made these, looking for a less sweet and less buttery alternative to flapjacks. I have a daughter who is allergic to all nuts except almond so I love making her new treats and these have been a MASSIVE hit in our house – our new favourite recipe. Thanks so much for sharing they are amazing. I think the trick is to keep them in the fridge. Thanks so much x

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  26. Monika

    I have been looking for a good recipe. Thanks for this. We love granola!

  27. Bethany

    These look so good! I am currently not able to have dairy, so is there something I could switch the butter out for? And would leaving the chocolate chips out do drastic things to the overall flavour? I can’t wait to try them.

    • Gaby

      coconut oil works instead of butter!! and you can totally leave out the chocolate chips – but did you know they make vegan dairy free chocolate chips!! I just had some last week and they were awesome.

  28. Erica

    Hi! Excited to try making these however I have a nut allergy- do I have to substitute the almonds with another dry ingredient? or are they more for flavour?

  29. Heather Christo

    YES!!! the kids and I are going to make these GF this weekend so that we have them for the school year!

  30. Gerry Speirs

    Love the school lunch idea! I made granola recently and it was seriously so fresh and crunchier than store bought 🙂

  31. Jeanine

    Yum! Reminds me of the ones I used to eat every day in my lunchbox 🙂

  32. Lexi @Lexi’scleankitchen

    Such a great make ahead breakfast or snack recipe! Loving the flavors in this!

  33. Julie Zarek

    Prepping for the 4th and final kid…think I could freeze some for snacks later?

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    Love this recipe for the granola bars!
    Thank you so much!
    They look so delicious and so healthy!
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    Will almond butter be an ok addition instead of butter?? Or if not can I sub the coconut oil for butter and still add almond butter.?

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      coconut oil would be your best bet with a drizzle of almond butter

  39. Regina

    Just made these and they’re so gooood! I literally was just eating the mixture straight out of the bowl. Thanks for the recipe. It will definitely be my new go-to!

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    I made these today for my hubby. Huge hit! I’m going to use coconut oil instead of butter next time and use less brown sugar. Dark chocolate morsels are the best too!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Just made these delicious bars! One caveat….read the recipe all the way rough. I now have chocolatey granola bars as my chips melted into my mix! Lol still super yummy!

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  46. Renee henderson

    I made these and within two days they were gone. My son said they were the best he had ever eaten and my 84 year old dad and 79 year old mother liked them so much they went and bought the ingredients and made them too.

  47. Nelly

    These are the best. My daughter and her friends are pretty much obsessed with them. Thanks for the great recipe!