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Healthy Granola Bars

These easy and homemade healthy granola bars are packed with rolled oats, crispy cereal, and mini chocolate chips!

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Super Healthy Granola Bars

Back in 2012, when I first posted a recipe for homemade chewy granola bars, I had no idea it would still be so popular five years later, with over 28,000 repins and twelve pages of positive reader reviews.

Even the best recipes can be improved upon, and today I’m sharing my updated version of the classic granola bar recipe, complete with six new flavor variations.

The recipe makes double the amount of the original. I also fixed up the photos and added a few new ones as well. This is one of those recipes that’s withstood the test of time. Five years later, readers are still making it!

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These homemade granola bars have slightly better nutrition facts than store-bought Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, but–more importantly–they have a MUCH shorter and cleaner ingredient list!

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How To Make The Healthy Granola Bars:

Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients together in a separate bowl, then stir wet into dry.

Transfer the granola bar mixture to a pan lined with parchment paper, and press down as firmly as you can.

Either bake in a preheated oven for 18 minutes OR simply chill until firm, then slice – there is no baking required!

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Healthy Granola Bar Flavors:

  • Chocolate Chip Granola Bars: Stir 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips in with the dry ingredients.
  • Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars: Stir 1/2 cup chopped raisins and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in with the dry ingredients.
  • Nutella Granola Bars: Replace the oil with my Healthy Nutella, and add mini chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts if desired.
  • Vanilla Almond Granola Bars: Stir 1/3 cup finely chopped almonds in with the dry ingredients, and add a few drops pure almond extract to the liquid ingredients.
  • Trail Mix Granola Bars: Stir 1/4 cup each chia seeds, shredded coconut, and chopped, dried cranberries in with the dry ingredients.
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Granola Bars: Replace the oil with 1/4 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice.
Easy-to-make, healthy granola bars - packed with rolled oats, crispy cereal, & mini chocolate chips! @choccoveredkt
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Edit: and now there is a pumpkin version!

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Healthy Granola Bars

These easy homemade healthy granola bars are packed with rolled oats, crispy cereal, and mini chocolate chips.
4.82/5 (17)
Total Time 18 minutes
Yield 11 – 22 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup rice crispies (brown, white, or gluten-free)
  • 3/4 cup oat flour, or process oats in a blender to make your own
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut or vegetable oil OR nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup raw agave or honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar OR 1/8 tsp pure stevia
  • 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Variations: see flavor list under the third photo in this post

Instructions

  • Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside. If you wish to bake the bars, preheat oven to 350 F. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk liquid ingredients together in a separate bowl, then stir wet into dry. Transfer to the prepared pan. Smooth down firmly, using a second sheet of parchment or wax paper. Press down as hard as you can. For no-bake healthy granola bars, chill until firm. (The no-bake option is also firmer if you use coconut oil.) For baked granola bars, cook on the center rack 18 minutes, then press down firmly again. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
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Published on September 15, 2016

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  1. Debbie says

    These look great I am going to make the original as well as some of the other variations. We have lots of homemade applesauce. My husband will enjoy them for snacks when he goes in the field combining corn. My preschooler and I will just enjoy them at home and for homeschool field trips.

  2. Kathryn says

    I plan to make a large batch of these this weekend! My son is in kindergarten now and needs a lunch and two snacks everyday. I’m running out of food to send! Would the baked ones hold up better in a lunchbox than the chilled version?

  3. Susan says

    These look really good and I want to try them! I have a question –under “To Make The Healthy Granola Bars” it says to bake for 28 minutes. In the recipe part, it says to bake 18 minutes and then press down firmly. So I’m not sure how long to bake! Thanks.

  4. CookieMonster says

    Made these earlier and they came out amazing!!
    I used one mashed, over ripe banana, coconut oil, shredded coconut and chopped raisins. No sugar but instead a dash of Trader Joe’s dried Stevia (very potent).
    I went for the no bake version.
    Didn’t have any rice crispies cereal left so I actually used GF Cheerios and it worked.
    The bars taste like honey and coconut and melt in your mouth! Very rich. A total winner.

  5. Kristel says

    Do you think I could bake up a few batches and freeze them for later? I get time to make things like this about once a month.

  6. Aruna Samani says

    Hello Katie just came across your recipes they are really good especially eggless. I have to learn to use pin it and try making them. Thank you

  7. Keri says

    So i have these in the oven now, when i did it they seemed thick thou i used 8×8 pan. Wondering if i was suppose to layer like pit parchment then do another stack ? Hopefully it turns our well

  8. Emma says

    I made these and added pumpkin seeds and chia seeds, adds a wonderful crunch. I baked them but even after cooling, they were crumbly. Any suggestions? I used applesauce instead of banana and half coconut oil half almond butter.

  9. Morgan Wild says

    These are so good! I used almond meal flour instead of oat flour & I baked mine. I tried to take a short cut & not use an extra sheet of parchment paper to press them down, so they turned out a little crumbly. Next time I will not skip that step!

  10. Janina says

    I love your recipes and was excited to try these with the chocolate chips. Made using applesauce and the baking method. Unfortunately, they are too soft and don’t hold together for a school lunch bar. Didn’t pass the kid-approval test on this one.

    • Jason Sanford says

      You could probably use more oats, but you will have to experiment! Be sure to report back if you do!

  11. Ellen says

    Hi there! These look amazing! I was wondering if I could omit the honey and just add more applesauce? I’m type 2 diabetic and would like to cut back on honey and sugars. Thanks!

  12. dot says

    Hey Katie
    I am going to bake these bars
    Questions?
    1. receipe states 3/4 cup oat flour, or process oats in a blender to make your own (110g) can I use oatmeal and blend into flour or almonds blend and make into flour.

    Also what is the difference between the texture of the bars if using banana or applesauce . Does one bind or hold the bar better than the other? in there a difference in the taste because banana is over powering in some ingredients.
    Please answer I want to make these?
    THanks Dot

  13. curious Dorothy says

    Katie this recipe says

    1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour (see recipe instructions below for an easy substitution) 55g
    can I use oatmeal and ground into flour or almond flour.

    Also I it said 2 tbsp applesauce (banana would probably work as well, or pumpkin!)
    whats the difference in terms of the binding and taste. will the banana or pumpkin be too over powering.
    Please answer I want to make these ASAP.
    Thanks Curious Dorothy

    • Jason Sanford says

      Yes you can use oats ground into flour. Measure after blending. Either banana or applesauce works well.

    • Jason Sanford says

      I don’t see why not, but we haven’t tried. Be sure to report back if you do!

      Jason (media relations)

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