Favorite Homemade Granola Bars Recipe


Favorite No Bake Homemade Granola Bars – made with only 5 ingredients! This is a super easy granola bar recipe that you can customize with your favorite ingredients.

Growing up my favorite snack was granola bars. I still love them to this day and probably have one every other day. They are just so easy to grab on the go. I also store them in my diaper bag, for when the kids needs a snack.

My kids love this natural and HEALTHY granola bar recipe. They are chewy and full of delicious flavors! Much healthier than store bought too. They are also super easy to make with only 5 ingredients. They only take about 5 minutes to whip up too, which is perfect for busy mornings.

Favorite Homemade Granola Bar Recipe


Looking for a preschool or play date snack?  Cut them into mini squares and then place them in a mini cupcake liner. Cute, easy and healthy!

Homemade Granola Bars

I also love to wrap them individually and then place them in a zip top bag in the freezer. Then we just pull them out when we need them. Great for quick snacks on the go!

How to make granola bars

5 Ingredient Granola Bars

Favorite No Bake Homemade Granola Bars – made with only 5 ingredients! This is a super easy granola bar recipe that you can customize with your favorite ingredients.

Yield: 12 bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Optional: salt and cinnamon, to taste


·       Combine the oats, almond butter, almonds, chocolate chips and honey in a medium size bowl. Stir until well combined. Add more honey if needed and salt and cinnamon, to taste.

·       Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to fall over the edges. Press the oat mixture into the pan.

·       Place in the freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until firm. Remove paper from pan and then cut the large square in half. Then cut each half into 6 rectangles. Wrap bars individually with parchment paper or plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Feel free to substitute the chocolate chips for dried cranberries. You may also use peanut butter and different nuts such as peanut or cashews.

You can also add in: 1/8 cup flax seed meal, 1/8 cup chia seeds, 1/8 cup sunflower seeds. Add a Tablespoon more honey for each addition.

homemade granola bar recipe

How To Make Granola Bars

Favorite No Bake Homemade Granola Bars - made with only 5 ingredients! This is a super easy recipe that you can customize with your favorite ingredients.

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Paige posted on January 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm (#

    These bars look amazing! I need them in my life!


  2. Velvet & Vinegar posted on January 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm (#

    just perfect to start a healthy 2016, love it, especially the granola part :)

  3. Melissa posted on January 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm (#

    I love that this recipe has so few ingredients and that they are so healthy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Julie Blanner posted on January 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm (#

    I’ve never made these, but can’t wait to try!

  5. Crystal posted on January 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm (#

    These look delicious! I was just thinking I needed to find some healthy snack recipes. Thanks so much!!

  6. Bloom+Designs+Online posted on January 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm (#

    Can’t wait to try these

  7. Linda posted on January 12, 2016 at 11:57 am (#

    This looks awesome.  I love that there’s only a few ingredients in it.

  8. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch posted on January 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm (#

    I love how simple these are! YUM! 

  9. maricar nacino posted on January 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm (#

    I want to try this…but what can i substitute with almond butter? tnx!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 14, 2016 at 6:55 am (#

      You could try any type of nut butter or seed butter. :)

  10. Beverley posted on January 14, 2016 at 2:58 am (#

    homemade is always the best when you have time and these so remind me of the ones I used to make my boys when they were little xoxo

  11. Kim posted on January 14, 2016 at 9:08 am (#

    Can the almond butter be substituted with peanut butter & omit the almonds? We have almond allergies. Thanks!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 14, 2016 at 9:56 am (#

      Definitely! :)

  12. Christie posted on January 14, 2016 at 9:34 am (#

    These look so much better than store bought, thanks for the recipe!

  13. Danielle posted on January 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm (#

    any suggestions on a nut free sub for the almond butter?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 15, 2016 at 9:31 am (#

      You can do a seed butter, like sunflower seeds. :)

  14. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet posted on January 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm (#

    I will definitely be making these to go with my husband’s breakfast each morning. He doesn’t eat breakfast if I don’t make something for him, so having something that’s no bake is a must!! :D

  15. JDT posted on January 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm (#

    Have you tried substituting real  maple syrup for the honey – my daughter is a vegan and does not eat honey~ Thanks so much!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm (#

      You certainly can – but you might want to use less or boil it down, since honey is thicker than maple syrup. :)

  16. Denise posted on January 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm (#

    Cute video on FB showing to make these yummy bars!  Perfect for snacking!

  17. Elizabeth posted on January 18, 2016 at 5:22 pm (#

    These look really tasty!  Always looking for a healthy option that my kids will actually eat.  I don’t have the sliced almonds on hand or chocolate chips, but I have some substitutes that may work.  I have pumpkin chips, and pumpkin seeds.  I think these may give it a nice autumn feel to them :)

  18. Brianne posted on January 26, 2016 at 3:28 pm (#

    Question- how long do these last if not frozen?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 27, 2016 at 7:45 am (#

      They should be good for a week or so at room temperature. :)

  19. Kristen posted on February 2, 2016 at 4:05 pm (#

    If they are a bit crumbly, would you say I need more honey? Or almond butter? Maybe I need more freezer time as well as I heated up the butter first. Sooooo tasty!!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 2, 2016 at 7:10 pm (#

      I would a little honey and almond butter!

  20. Abby posted on February 8, 2016 at 7:39 pm (#

    These look great. Do you have to use quick cooking oats or will the regular kind work?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 9, 2016 at 7:33 am (#

      I haven’t tried the regular kind, they mind end up a bit more chewy. :)

  21. Ali posted on March 6, 2016 at 9:26 am (#

    Where did you get your glass mixing bowl used in this recipe? These look yummy!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 6, 2016 at 6:42 pm (#

      Thank you! I picked the bowl up at Walmart. :)

  22. Cristina posted on March 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm (#

    These are great! We used a muffin tin instead of making bars. Perfect portion for 12 muffins, we’ll maybe 11 since my 2 year old is chowing down on the mix in the bowl!!

  23. Jenna Wilson posted on April 8, 2016 at 7:51 am (#

    Are these chewy or do they get hard?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 8, 2016 at 10:34 am (#

      These are nice and chewy!

  24. Taylor posted on April 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm (#

    These are delicious! I followed the recipe the first time and they were great as is, but changed it up the second time. here were my substitutions:

    – raw peanut butter instead of almond butter
    – organic cacao nibs instead of mini chocolate chips (healthier and added a nice flavor and crunch to the bars
    -1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
    -1 1/2 Tbs crushed flax seed
    – 1 Tbs coconut oil added (I found the bars to be a bit crumbly the first time)
    -2 tsp vanilla extract
    -made the honey and peanut butter heaping instead of exact measurements

    SO GOOD and had more of a filling, nutrient dense feel

  25. Gia posted on May 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm (#

    These were fun to make and so good thanks for recipe!

  26. Esther posted on July 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm (#

    I was sitting at home on a rainy day, needing some sort of afternoon snack which was healthy and would hold me over until dinner. I found my ‘aha’ moment looking on Pinterest for granola bars and I found YOU!! I’m so excited as I had the ingredients and I made your granola bars (also adding in some raisins and chia seeds) and then topped half the pan with greek yogurt as well. I can’t wait to try them and this is the perfect healthy snack for those afternoons at work too. I think I’ll be making these alot!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

  27. Stefanie posted on September 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm (#


  28. heather ken posted on September 20, 2016 at 9:36 pm (#

    I really liked how fast this recipe came together. I did add about a tablespoon of coconut oil rather than more honey and also added some dried cranberries for tartness. Thanks for the quick and easy recipe. Can’t wait to try them in the morning!

  29. Kruti posted on October 4, 2016 at 4:58 am (#

    Hi, Lovely recipe, can I try using regular butter? Nut or seed butter is not easily available where I live,

    Kindly please help. 

    Thank You

    • I Heart Naptime posted on October 4, 2016 at 8:06 am (#

      Hi Kruti! Regular butter wouldn’t result in the same thing. You could pick your favorite nut or seed, and grind it into a paste and use that if something else isn’t easily available. :)

  30. Danielle posted on October 13, 2016 at 4:56 am (#

    Will definitely have to try this like to have a  little snack on my way home from were ever i am leaving also have to watch what kind of snacks i take with me  because i have to share with my fur babie so if it is for me  i have to make sure that i have enough  for two 

  31. Tracy posted on January 7, 2017 at 11:25 am (#

    Love these! Added 1 Tb of natural Peanut butter, flax seed and little more honey, as suggested.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm (#

      I’m glad you loved them! Thanks for sharing your suggestions. :)

  32. Heather posted on January 20, 2017 at 10:53 pm (#

    In the picture it shows old fashioned oats but in the recipe it calls for quick oats.  I would prefer to use old fashioned… can I substitute without changing anything or do I need to make adjustments?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 21, 2017 at 7:52 am (#

      I’d take it to the mixing stage first, and see. I haven’t tried, so it might not stick together as well and need a little more almond butter or honey. :)

  33. Jamie posted on March 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm (#

    We eat these every morning for breakfast! It’s almost like eating a candy bar! The only thing I do differently is double it and use one normal size jar of almond butter, and add 1/2 cup soft coconut oil. I’ve also added shredded coconut which was super yummy. With the coconut oil I do keep them in the fridge or they tend to get mushy, but it gives it a really soft, creamy texture that’s easy for my toddler to eat.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm (#

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad your family likes this recipe. :)

  34. Li'ekina posted on April 30, 2017 at 12:41 am (#

    hey instead of sliced almonds can I change it into something else cause I don’t have sliced almonds in New Zealand

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 30, 2017 at 8:48 am (#

      Of course! You can replace the almonds and almond butter with any nuts and nut butter you like. :)

  35. Dawn posted on May 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm (#

    These are so easy!!!! My family really enjoyed them. Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 2:10 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked them! Thank you for your comment. :)

  36. Kristy Fort posted on May 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm (#

    These are so good. I added 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds. My kids love them.  I used creamy peanut butter instead of almond butter. 

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm (#

      Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your substitutions, they sound so good.

  37. Theresa posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm (#

    Can you substitute oat groats for the quick cooking ones?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm (#

      Hi Theresa! I have never tried substituting them, but you may get a much chewier granola bar!

  38. Shilpa Malhotra posted on July 12, 2017 at 7:33 am (#

    Oh my goodness I would love these!! I have to try and make them soon x

    • Jamielyn posted on July 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm (#

      Homemade granola bars are delicious! Hope you enjoy! :)

  39. Lilyn posted on September 13, 2017 at 5:51 am (#

    Can I use instant rolled oats or instant oats to make no bake granola bars?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm (#

      Hi Lilyn! Instant outs would definitely change the texture of these granola bars, but you could give it a try!

  40. Wade posted on September 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm (#

    Could I substitute the honey for sorghum syrup?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm (#

      I haven’t tried it but I think it would work just fine! :)