Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are one of my favorite snacks but I really love them when I make my own. If you haven’t tried making your own granola bars, you are really missing out and you have to try this recipe!

As always, this recipe is great because you can really customize it and change up the ingredients so you never get bored of the same granola bars.


Different granola bar fixings:

It is so fun to create different combinations to see what toppings you end up liking best. Honestly — the options are endless, but here are some of my favorite add-ins:

  • chocolate chips
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds
  • dried cranberries
  • sunflower seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • dried apricots
  • almonds


Are homemade granola bars healthy?

I hear this question A LOT! And really, these bars are as healthy as you make them. If you want to do something healthier, I would skip the chocolate chips and use all-natural peanut butter to reduce the added sugar. But even if you stick with the basic recipe below, you can create a very tasty and healthy snack.


How do you store homemade granola bars?

Like any granola bars you buy from the store, you can keep them in an airtight bag or container and leave them at room temperature. Though I do find that when you make them yourself, they don’t last as long as the store-bought ones, since there are no preservatives. To extend their life, you can put them in the fridge or even freeze them.


Are granola bars good for before or after a workout?

These granola bars are actually great for either! There is a good amount of fiber, healthy fats, and carbs in this recipe, so it will do your body good.  Grab a few bites before a workout to fuel up or as a recovery snack after an intense workout. It’s a win-win!


Homemade Granola Bars

A healthy sweet snack that is so much better than the store-bought version.

SERVINGS: 12 bars

CALORIES: 174 kcal per serving



1/2 cup raw honey

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1/4 cup chia seeds



1.) Combine raw honey and peanut butter until mixed evenly

2.) Add all other ingredients and mix until combined

3.) Line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper

4.) Pour mixture into lined pan & form to the shape of the pan

5.) Put pan and mixture into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour

6.) Cut into 12 bars and enjoy!



Serving Size: 1 granola bar

Calories: 174 kcal

Carbohydrates: 27g

Protein: 5g

Fat: 6g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g

Monounsaturated Fat: 2g

Trans Fat: 1g

Sodium: 76mg

Potassium: 145mg

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 12g

Vitamin A: 2IU

Vitamin C: 1mg

Calcium: 43mg

Iron: 1mg


Tried this recipe? Let us know how it was!

Have you tried making your own granola bars? What are your go-to toppings? Let us know!

About the Author:

Joyce Leung

Joyce is the founder of the Joyce of Cooking blog, where she provides recipes, writes about her food adventures, and reviews local eateries. She has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years, in every position from dish washer to general manager. Now retired from the restaurant world, she is a marketing manager for a greenhouse.