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 I roll.

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 from breakfast to dinner and it’s also pretty amazing as a late night nibble if you’ve stayed up too late binge watching Game of Thrones for the umpteenth time. (ahem…. me!)

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

They’re 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.

AND… if you have little ones at home who are heading back to school, these are the perfect snack to send in the lunches!

Homemade Granola Bars

Yield: Makes about 10 bars depending on how you slice them

Homemade Granola 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, 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. 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.
  4. 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. 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.
  5. 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. OMG. I just made these granola bars and can’t believe how unbelievably good they are. Thank you for this recipe!!

  2. 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.

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

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  7. 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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  9. 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 !

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

  11. 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

  12. 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!!

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

  14. 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.

      1. 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

  15. 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.

    1. 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.

  16. 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?

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

  18. Awesome!
    Love this recipe for the granola bars!
    Thank you so much!
    They look so delicious and so healthy!
    Thanks again!

  19. 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.?

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

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

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