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Copycat Nature Valley Granola Bars

Imagine yourself eating your favorite granola…

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Now imagine eating your favorite granola… in the form of a granola bar! Nature Valley Granola Bars… Do you know the ones I’m talking about?

Those crunchy bars in the green wrappers? My friend Sarah calls them “horse food” because they’re made up of oats and sugar—things that horses like to eat. But the following granola bar recipe is much too good to share with horses. Sorry, horses.

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Soccer Fuel

When I was in high school (it seems like a lifetime ago!), I played on the varsity soccer team, and our daily practices fell right after school. So I got in the habit of grabbing a bar—often a Nature Valley granola bar—to munch in the locker room while dressing out.

I’d completely forgotten about my past with Nature Valley until a few days ago, when I tasted an attempt at what was supposed to be a chewy granola bar.

“Woah, these taste exactly like Nature Valley oats-n-honey bars,” my roommate proclaimed after trying a bite. “Except, maybe these are even better!” (She quickly proceeded to eat two whole bars.)

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Nature Valley Granola Bars Recipe

Category: Healthy & Gluten-Free Recipes

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup rice crispies (I used brown rice crispies)
  • 3 tbsp oat flour (You can make your own by grinding oats in a food processor*.)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or veg oil
  • 3 tbsp agave or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 packet stevia (or 1 tbsp dry sweetener)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients, then mix in wet. Transfer to a 7×5 baking dish (lined with parchment paper), and press down. Squish HARD. Hard hard hard. Then cook for around 18 minutes. Wait at least 20 minutes before trying to cut into bars. *If making oat flour, measure the 3tbsp after grinding.

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Other bars I’ve done:


Homemade Luna Bars


Homemade Larabars

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Published on January 23, 2012

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  1. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says

    We have the Sam’s Club sized box of those bars in our pantry b/c my husband is obsessed and takes 2 to work every day. It’s one of those things I feel bad having on hand so maybe I’ll have to try making these at the beginning of the week instead!

  2. Beth says

    I’m another person that was obsessed with these in high school! I hated the school lunches and would often bring a granola bar and an apple instead. I’ve stopped buying them because they’re so sugary, so I’ll have to give these a try!

  3. Jess says

    Nature Valley = <3

    I ate these all through high school, but now they're a bit sweet for me. I opt for the Kashi granola bars when they're not too expensive!

  4. Jess says

    Nature Valley = <3

    I ate these all through high school, but now they're a bit sweet for me. I opt for the Kashi granola bars when they're not too expensive 🙂

  5. Sonja says

    Haha the funny part about your friend calling them horse food is that the oats-n-honey bars are exactly what my friend and I feed our horses as treats! We always have, since they come conveniently two to a packet. We eat one, and then our horses do xD I’m excited to try these out…though you’re probably right, they won’t make it to share with my horse 😉

  6. Danielle says

    You reciepe sounds so amazing I have to try to make them. I was wondering do you use quick cooking oats or regular oats or does it not matter?

    Thank you.

  7. kate says

    Ah wonderful! I love these bars and to think that I could make a healthier version myself is great. Also I made your healthy sugar cookies last night for my housemates and every time a new person bit into one they looked like they were going to cry from happiness. SOOOO SOFT! I am a stickler when it comes to my desserts…and they were so much better than normal sugar cookies in my opinion.

  8. kathy says

    What size of pan did you use? I made your fudge recipe the other day and noticed you didn’t have a pan size or quantity it makes, and the size I used was too big. My fudge was very flat. Want to get the right size so they cook properly. Thanks

  9. Holly says

    These look wonderful! We really like all the varieties of KIND bars in our household. They have the good crunch we like and are chock full of healthy nuts and dried fruits. Have you ever attempted to recreate those? Our favorite is the almond cherry with dark chocolate!

  10. Jen E says

    Are these hard like the nature valley? We buy the clif bars now, because they are the only ones I can find vegan, but I absolutely miss my favorite genisoy bars the chocolate mint ones! have you ever tried to come up with a vegan marshmallow?

  11. emma says

    Hey Katie,
    I can’t have oils because of a lot of things, but is there anything I could substitute in for the coconut oil? Thanks

  12. Steph says

    Do I get a gold star? I have already made these, and they’re in my oven right now! I of course tasted some of the raw dough and it was DELISH! 🙂

  13. michelle says

    What size pan? I make quite a bit. They are chewy tho. These look great too…. I wanna make these too. Your recipes are great. I made your single mocha cake a few times this weekend

  14. Jennifer says

    Hi Katie!

    These look so amazing! I can’t wait to try them.

    How long can they be stored for?? My husband likes to take them to work to eat in the morning, but he doesn’t always get time for breakfast (he is in the army) so they may not get eaten right away.

  15. Sandra says

    the problem I have with the Nature Valley is they crumble so much. Hope these stick together more. My current favorite is Chocwalla bars by Odwalla. Yum.

  16. kristin says

    Thank you for the wonderful (coconut free) granola bar recipe! Can’t wait to try it!! I love and use coconut oil and coconut milk but just don’t like the texture of real coconut……
    Bars that I am eating right now are the Think Thin bars (my favorite is the chocolate with the white chocolate covering ) only because they are gluten and sugar free and high protein~
    Love your blog!

  17. kendra says

    I seriously love nature valley granola bars broken up on a cooked chopped apple with cinnamon, tastes like hot apple pie. I just bought some gluten free oats, I’m gonna try making them. Yay.

  18. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says

    I used to love Nature Valley bars, especially the peanut butter or brown sugar (I think?) ones! Although I remember them always being a mess because they were so crumbly! My current favorite bars are Pure bars, which I discovered when I was looking for gluten free bars

  19. Karen says

    These turned out great! I threw in ground almonds and coconut for a little extra flavor. So good! My house smells delicious.

  20. Kara says

    Is it too soon to ask for a Larabar Cappuccino flavored copycat? 😉 I know you don’t like them, but they aren’t available where I live yet and I soooo desperately want to try one. And I’m too nervous to play around with the dates-to-nuts-to-flavor ratios.
    I also really like Clif! They’re the most versatile bars, I think. I almost always keep one in my car. It’s tragic that they’re so expensive.

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