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I’ve been on the look out for a homemade granola bars recipe, but haven’t been able to find one I like. With a little experimenting in the kitchen I made my own recipe. Were they as good as those chocolate dipped quaker granola bars? Not quite {i love those}… but they were pretty tasty if I do say so myself. Plus they are 100% healthy! You can feel happy and confident feeding these to your kiddos this summer at snack time. You could even substitute the fruit for mini chocolate chips and marshmallows for a little treat. You better believe I will be trying that next!

Homemade granola bars

homemade granola bars

As you can… these ingredients are super healthy. My kids love the Plum packs, so we used those and they worked great.

homemade granola bars

This recipe was made for Plum Little Foodies Cookbook. I was excited to be a featured contributor. You can check it out here along with some other yummy recipes.

granola bars recipe

Granola bars recipe

Homemade granola bars recipe


  • 1 Plum Organics Just Prunes pouch (or substitute 1/2 cup of apple sauce)
  • 1 Plum Organics Apple Raisin & Quinoa pouch (or substitute 1/2 cup applesauce)
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 21/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds optional
  • 1 cup dried cranberries can substitute with your favorite dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ


  1. Whisk together pouches and honey in a large bowl.
  2. Combine with oats, nuts, wheat germ and cranberries.
  3. Line 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and pour mix into pan.
  4. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool for one hour then remove from pan and cut into bars. Makes 12 bars.

Would you like to try out the Plum products I used in this recipe? Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a plum pack.

Enjoy! Happy Monday!

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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41 Responses to “Homemade granola bars recipe”

  1. Aubri

    I’d love to try some of those products…I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while.

  2. Michaela Fuller

    Hi – do you think these would turn out without the almonds? I have a daughter with a life-threatening nut allergy and have yet to find a recipe online for home made granola bars (cuz store bought ones are all processed with or near nuts) without any nuts or nut butters…

    Thanks! Great giveaway too!

    • Jamielyn

      Hi! Yes I definitely think they would taste good with out the nuts. Maybe you could add a 1/2 cup more oats. I’d love to hear if you try them.

  3. Caroline

    I’ve never heard of the plum pouches before and would love to find another way to get my kids healthy foods!

  4. Dessica

    Looks like something healthy to give my kids after school, would love to make some.

  5. LinhC

    This sounds yummy! I’d love to try making this with my daughters this summer as something fun to do!

  6. Jennie P.

    I’d love to try out those plum products :) Thanks for the recipe. I love granola!

  7. emily

    i cant even tell you how many bars we go through in a week!! i will certainly be trying to make our own from now on!!

  8. Kristin

    These look awesome! I have been on a granola bar making spree and haven’t found one I have liked yet! These packs look awesome, thanks so much!

  9. Michele Long

    I am always on the lookout for a good granola bar/ healthy snack recipe. YUM!

  10. Wendy

    I L-O-V-E the plum organics pouches! They are so easy to use on the go with my 16 month old and he really likes them too. I like that they have BOTH fruits and veggies in each pouch flavor. Plum Organics is the only brand I’ve come across that does that. Would love to win some of those!

  11. jessica w.

    These sound so great, I think I will try making them with applesauce,but I would also LOVE to try the plum packs. Where did you buy them?

  12. Carmen

    Sounds delicious! I’m always experimenting with granola bar recipes – trying to find one I really like. I’ll give yours a try!

  13. Awndrea

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve been looking for a good for you granola recipe for awhile.

  14. Megan

    I would like to add orange extract to the honey/applesauce mixture to give it an orange cranberry taste. Do you know how much I should add?

  15. Sonia

    I made these with a few tweaks! I didn’t have pouches but I had whole prunes so I just added them with a bit of water until it was an “applesauce like” consistency. I also didn’t have wheat germ so I used flax seeds! turned out wonderful and a really filling snack during the work day!

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Rachel! I’ve never tried this recipe with steel cut oats. I would imagine that the steel cut oats wouldn’t get as soft as the old fashioned! If you give it a try, let us know how it goes! :)