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

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Favorite Homemade Granola Bars

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade granola bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

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.



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


  1. Combine the oats, almond butter, almonds, chocolate chips and honey in a medium size bowl. Stir until well combined. Add more honey if needed to hold shape and salt and cinnamon, to taste.
  2. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to fall over the edges. Press the oat mixture into the pan.
  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Favorite Homemade Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 238mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Calcium 9.9%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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75 comments on “Favorite Homemade Granola Bars Recipe”

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


  2. Velvet & Vinegar Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. 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

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

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

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

  12. 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

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

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

  15. 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 :)

  16. Question- how long do these last if not frozen?

  17. 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!!

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

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

  20. 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!!

  21. Are these chewy or do they get hard?

  22. 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

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

  24. 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!

  25. Delicious!  

  26. 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!

  27. 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

    • 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. :)

  28. 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 

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

  30. 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’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. :)

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. 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. 

  35. Can you substitute oat groats for the quick cooking ones?

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

  37. Hi,
    Can I use instant rolled oats or instant oats to make no bake granola bars?

  38. Could I substitute the honey for sorghum syrup?

  39. I’ll definitely shear this recipe with my wife and she would love to cook this amazing recipe.

  40. Do you happen to have the nutritional facts broken down for this recipe? We love them in my house!

    • Hi Rachel! I’ve never figured out the nutritional facts before, but just typed it into a recipe nutrition calculator and this is what it said per granola bar: 294 calories, 33 carbs, 16 fat, 7 protein, 50 sodium, 17 sugar. Hope that helps! :)

  41. Do you have any nutrition info on these? Calories?

    • Hi Patricia! I’ve never figured out the nutritional facts before, but just typed it into a recipe nutrition calculator and this is what it said per granola bar: 294 calories, 33 carbs, 16 fat, 7 protein, 50 sodium, 17 sugar. Hope that helps! :)

  42. Hi,

    What would be a good substitute for honey? My daughter doesn’t eat it. Agave?

  43. I’m trying to get my husband on the right path since he’s been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Just made these and they’re delicious! I’m wondering approx how many grams of sugar and how many calories ?

    • Hi Sara! I’ve never figured out the nutritional facts before, but just typed it into a recipe nutrition calculator and this is what it said per granola bar: 294 calories, 33 carbs, 16 fat, 7 protein, 50 sodium, 17 sugar. Hope that helps! :)

  44. Oops. Just now saw the nutritional information. Thanks!

  45. I’ve made these twice and ended up using it as granola both times as they were crumbly even w extra honey.

  46. Doing a 30 day to healthy living cleanse type thing and honey and maple syrup are not allowed. I’m assuming the honey gives some natural sweetness, could I use stevia instead? I know it would be a lot less but I wasn’t sure if the bars would stay together without honey. 

    • Hi Katie! I haven’t tried to substitute anything else, but I think you definitely need a type of sticky liquid to help hold the granola bars together. You could try using Molasses or corn syrup?

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