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

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!

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Jamielyn Nye

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. Aubri posted on May 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm (#

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

  2. kate posted on May 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#

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

  3. Michaela Fuller posted on May 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm (#

    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 posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm (#

      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. Caroline posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm (#

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

  5. Jenni Shaver posted on May 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm (#

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

  6. Brenda posted on May 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm (#

    Yum! Trying these tomorrow, thanks.

  7. Dessica posted on May 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm (#

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

  8. Heidi posted on May 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm (#

    We love Plum products over here!!

  9. Kelsey Bang posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm (#

    wowzers! those look amazing! must try!

  10. Jeni posted on May 22, 2012 at 3:40 am (#

    These look yummy!

  11. Annia Huff posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:06 am (#

    Yum! Can’t wait to try that recipe.

  12. LinhC posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:19 am (#

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

  13. Jennie P. posted on May 22, 2012 at 4:50 am (#

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

  14. beth blackburn posted on May 22, 2012 at 5:10 am (#

    Sounds so yummy! My kiddos will love them!

  15. emily posted on May 22, 2012 at 5:23 am (#

    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. Kristin posted on May 22, 2012 at 8:29 am (#

    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. natasha j posted on May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am (#

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

  18. Michele Long posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm (#

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

  19. Wendy posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm (#

    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. GretchenP posted on May 23, 2012 at 12:49 am (#

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

  21. jessica w. posted on May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm (#

    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. Melanie posted on May 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm (#

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

  23. Carmen posted on May 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm (#

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

  24. Ashley S posted on May 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm (#

    Great idea! And the kids could help too!

  25. Awndrea posted on May 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm (#

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

  26. Jamie posted on May 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm (#

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

  27. Donna Robertson posted on July 19, 2012 at 5:23 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on July 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm (#

      Thanks for your comment. I hope you enjoy them. Have a great weekend!

  28. Megan posted on August 1, 2012 at 7:25 am (#

    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. beth blackburn posted on August 30, 2012 at 6:45 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm (#

      You’ll have to let me know how you like them. Enjoy!

      • Cathy posted on September 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm (#

        They are in the oven right now! Can’t wait to try one

      • Jamielyn posted on September 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm (#

        Hope you enjoyed them Cathy! :)

  30. Norma McVicker posted on September 17, 2012 at 7:15 am (#

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

  31. Abigail posted on January 8, 2013 at 9:18 am (#

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

  32. Jenalyn Mills posted on January 10, 2013 at 8:25 am (#

    Are the granola bars chewy or crunchy?

  33. Sonia posted on November 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm (#

    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 posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm (#

      Thanks for sharing Sonia, sounds delicious! :)

    • kaitie posted on March 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm (#

      Did you use whole or ground flax seeds? I have whole flax seeds and would like to use those in lieu of wheat germ – does it really work?

      • Jamielyn posted on May 27, 2015 at 8:09 pm (#

        Either should work! :)

  34. Rachel posted on May 7, 2014 at 5:20 pm (#

    Could these be made with steel cut oats?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:09 pm (#

      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 posted on August 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm (#

    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 posted on May 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm (#

    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