Homemade granola bars recipe


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

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

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homemade granola bars

Homemade granola bars recipe

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade granola bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Homemade granola bars recipe - So simple and healthy....your family will love them! 



  • 3.5 oz Plum Organics Just Prunes pouch (or substitute 1/2 cup applesauce)
  • 3.5 oz Plum Organics Apple Raisin & Quinoa pouch (or substitute 1/2 cup applesauce)
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (or honey)
  • 2 1/2 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.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade granola bars recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 176mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 12g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

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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46 comments on “Homemade granola bars recipe”

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

  2. great idea to make your own! I love that you know exactly what is in the bars this way!

  3. Michaela Fuller Reply

    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!

    • 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.

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

  5. OOooo, I can’t wait to try this! Also, we love Plum and would love a Plum pack!

  6. Yum! Trying these tomorrow, thanks.

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

  8. We love Plum products over here!!

  9. wowzers! those look amazing! must try!

  10. These look yummy!

  11. Yum! Can’t wait to try that recipe.

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

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

  14. beth blackburn Reply

    Sounds so yummy! My kiddos will love them!

  15. 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!!

  16. 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!

  17. i absolutely love granola! i would love to try this recipe, it makes me happy :)

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

  19. 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!

  20. would love to try them out! thanks for the giveaway! :)

  21. 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?

  22. My son loves granola bars right now and these seem so easy. I’ll definitely have to try this! Thanks!

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

  24. Great idea! And the kids could help too!

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

  26. My son loves Plum packs! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  27. Donna Robertson Reply

    We have just started a healthy life plan, including eating. Can’t wait to try these with my husband, who is now oxygen dependent.

  28. 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?

  29. Always trying new granola bar recipes. This one is next on my list!

  30. Just learned that I am a diabetic and would love the try the Plum products.

  31. I can’t see the recipe. I would love to try this.

  32. Are the granola bars chewy or crunchy?

  33. 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!

  34. Could these be made with steel cut oats?

    • 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! :)

  35. Markitta Hodges Reply

    I’ve been looking for a great granola recipe for my kiddos that will hold together and not fall apart for on the go snacking in between sport activities and I believe I have finally done so! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe, I can’t wait to ah a few ingredients of my own like toasted coconut! This was not only tasty and healthy, but it also provided us with much needed energy😃! Thank you so much!

  36. Kentuckylady717 Reply

    Hi Jamielyn,

    Thanks for posting these Granola recipes…..I will be making them both…….
    I know this recipe is from 2012, but where did you buy the pouches of the fruit you used in one of these recipes ?

    I love that you write also what we can substitute  in case we would like too.

    I signed up for your blog too, I saw it on Twitter :) Thanks   

  37. michelle doolittle Reply

    I just made homemade granola bars this morning and I did add a few M&m’s. They are so good and I put into freezer to make a bit crunchy! My recipe is 2 cups oatmeal,1/2 cup brown sugar, one cup almond butter, 1/2 cup coconut, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1/2 cup honey, handful M&M’s, handful mini semi sweet chocolate. Mix well in bowl and put into a 9×13, refrigerate 1 hour, cut into bars, and wrap in plastic wrap. I put mine into freezer and take out as needed. NO cooking and NO peanut worries :) Tip: Put parchment paper into your dish before pressing mix into it, makes taking out a breeze!

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