Four granola bars on a piece of wax paper on a white and grey marble surface (with logo overlay)

Granola Bars

Making granola bars from scratch is easy to do, and so much healthier than the store-bought version. You can also customize to your tastes.

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I don’t like all the extra crap that is put in all of our food these days. So I try to make as much as I can from scratch, including these delicious granola bars.

Tyler was so excited to help me with this and has had a few of them already today! He loves to help pour things in the mixing bowl, mix, and he even helped spread the granola out in the pan before we baked them. He really wanted to use his oven mitts to help get them out of the oven. I had to draw the line there!! At least for now.

We used to buy granola bars at the store often because they are great for a quick breakfast or to send in the boy’s lunch boxes. But they always come individually wrapped meaning it creates a lot of waste

Not to mention the unnecessary ingredients in the store-bought granola bars. When I make granola bars at home, I can control exactly what ingredients go into them. And I can also store them in our own containers to get out one at a time as we need them. 

The great thing about making granola bars yourself is being able to make them how you like. If you prefer a different dried fruit then you can substitute something else for the raisins. For those trying to cut sugar, omit the chocolate chips. 

If you want a granola to use as either a cereal or in yogurt, then you can skip the refrigeration. This keeps them from forming together and you can crumble it. We did this when I completely forgot the refrigeration step.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a 9×13 pan with coconut oil. 

In a large mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey until they are well combined. 

Honey and coconut oil mixed in a stainless steel bowl next to a glass baking dish on a white and grey marble surface

Add the oats, oat flour, and baking soda.

Oats and oat flour mixed with honey and coconut oil in a stainless steel bowl next to a glass baking dish on a white and grey marble surface

Gently fold the raisins and chocolate chips into the mixture. 

Granola bar mixture in a stainless steel mixing bowl next to a glass baking dish on a white and grey marble surface

Press the granola mixture into the prepared baking dish. Make sure they are compacted very well. If not, they will fall apart. I like to use a sheet of wax paper and use your hands to press it down. 

Granola bar mixture pressed into a 9x13 glass baking dish on a white and grey marble surface

Bake the granola bars for about 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let the granola cool for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars. Place in the refrigerator until they cool completely. If you don’t refrigerate, they won’t stay together. 

Four granola bars on a piece of wax paper on a white and grey marble surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 5, 2016

Last Updated On: February 17, 2020

Four granola bars on a piece of wax paper on a white and grey marble surface

Granola Bars

Making granola bars from scratch is easy to do, and so much healthier than the store-bought version. You can also customize to your tastes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: honey, oats, raisins
Servings: 12 bars
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (softened)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325F
  • Grease a 9×13 glass pan with coconut oil
  • Blend 1 cup of oats in a blender to make oat flour
  • In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey until well blended
  • Add in the remaining oats, oat flour that was blended, and baking soda
  • Stir in the raisins and chocolate chips
  • Press the granola mixture into the prepared greased pan, compacting well or they will fall apart
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown
  • Let cool about 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars
  • Cool completely in refrigerator (at least 2 hours) before removing from pan so they don’t fall apart
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Nutrition Facts
Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 17IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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38 thoughts on “Granola Bars”

  1. YUM! I’m always down with some homemade granola bars. Omitting the raisins, this recipe looks very similar to ours and we love some granola bars!

  2. These look great. My little one is just now starting to like things like this so these may be a good snack option!

  3. My son and husband both love granola bars and I much prefer to make them so I know whats in them. Will be trying your recipe this weekend!

  4. This is perfect for me, I much prefer to make my bars than buy. More natural and wholesome…can’t wait to try this out xx

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