Soft and Chewy Granola Bars

How to make homemade granola bars! These granola bars are simple, soft and chewy. They are delicious as-is or can be adapted based on your favorite dried fruits, nuts or chocolate. Jump to the Easy Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

Homemade Granola Bars

This Granola Bars Recipe is Flexible

We have a history with granola bars. A while back, we shared a cooking failure. The subject was granola bars. They tasted great, but fell apart. So, we sort of gave up and moved on with the thought that one day, we would be ready to give them another shot. After two years, we’ve picked up where we left off and have now figured out how to make these simple, soft and chewy granola bars. We’re in love. They taste great, are incredibly easy to make and they absolutely do not fall apart (see our tips below).

Soft and chewy granola bars

We’ve made these many times now and every time, they’ve been just a little bit different.

Here, you see whole almonds, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. We’ve also used dried cherries, apricots and unsweetened coconut. We’re even thinking about adding pistachios next time.

The possibilities are endless — all you need to know is the base. Oats, butter, honey and brown sugar. After that, add what you like.

Cutting homemade granola bars.

More recipes with oats: Try our Everyday Oatmeal Recipe, Easy Energy Balls, our favorite Overnight Oats or this Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal.

Tips for making the bars

Take care to press the mixture into the pan. After a few tries, we’ve found that it’s really important to press the granola mixture into the pan. We’ve actually spent about a minute pressing before — the harder and longer you press, the less chance you’ll end up with granola instead of granola bars.

Honey and brown sugar help make a glue for the bars. The honey and brown sugar really helps with keeping the bars together. Chocolate chips added to the mixture help, too. We add some to the granola mixture while it is still warm. You might notice some of the chocolate melts — this is totally okay, it acts as extra glue, holding the bars together. After that, we add more chocolate chips to the top — these don’t melt.

Chill for two hours. Finally, we like to refrigerate the granola mixture for about 2 hours. This hardens everything and makes it easy to cut the granola mixture into bars. Right out of the refrigerator the bars will be hard since they are cold. Leave them out for an hour and they will warm to room temperature and become a little softer and chewy.

The bars keep at room temperature for about 1 week. Just make sure they are tightly covered or sealed in a container.

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Recipe updated, originally posted March 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Soft and Chewy Granola Bars

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These homemade granola bars are so much better than what you can buy at the store, especially since you can substitute for your favorite dried fruit or nuts. While these are very simple to make, there is a 2-hour wait for the bars to firm up enough to cut. Feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, nuts or chocolate to these – it’s completely up to you. Since we use a 1/3 cup of honey, we like to splurge on higher quality honey.

Makes 12 bars

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

2 1/2 cups (230 grams) old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup (80 grams) whole almonds, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup (113 grams) pure honey

1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup (60 grams) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (65 grams) mini chocolate chips

Directions

  • Toast Oats and Nuts
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

    Add the oats and chopped almonds to a small baking sheet, and then bake for 5 minutes, stir and then bake another 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.

    • Make Bars
    • Combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts, the mixture is bubbling and the sugar completely dissolves.

      Pour the butter mixture into the bowl with toasted oats and almonds. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes, and then add the cranberries and a 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine. Some of the chocolate chips will  melt a little. This is fine, they turn into glue and help to hold the bars together.

      Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared pan, and then use a rubber spatula or damp finger tips to firmly press the mixture into the pan. Press hard here, this way the bars will stay together once cooled and cut — We press for about one minute to be extra safe.

      Scatter the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over the pressed granola mixture, and then use a rubber spatula to gently press them into the top. Cover then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or freeze for about 30 minutes. Remove the block of granola mixture from pan then peel away the foil or parchment. Cut into 12 bars.

      • Storing
      • Store granola bars in an airtight container for up to one week. For the softest bars, keep at room temperature. For slightly harder bars, store in the fridge. Bars will keep in the freezer for up to three months when wrapped well.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Reducing the sugar: We have experienced the best results when making these bars with the sugar and honey amount listed in the recipe. You can try to reduce the sugar a little, but they might be a little more crumbly. It is the honey and sugar mixture that keeps these chewy.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 220 / Protein 3.8g / Carbohydrate 32.9g / Dietary Fiber 3.1g / Total Sugars 19.6g / Total Fat 8.2g / Saturated Fat 3.7g / Cholesterol 10.2mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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735 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Danielle April 7, 2022, 2:48 am

    These are awesome! I found the honey sweet enough without any added sugar at all. These were a great hit with the entire family. I still found it a bit too sweet, but I’m not sure they will hold together if I reduce the amount of honey, what would you suggest?

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  • Twin Mom April 6, 2022, 1:11 pm

    I gave your recipe to my sister but then I couldn’t find it again !! I love how you roast the oats ahead of time and your measurements are perfect. I was able to use your recipe to try other options. 5 star for sure !!

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  • Brenda April 3, 2022, 8:08 pm

    I made these today. And they turned out fantastic. I didn’t have almonds but used cashews that I roasted with the oats instead. And used 1/4 cup fine coconut instead of cranberries. And I used milk chocolate chips. I will definitely make these again and try another combo. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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  • Ida Lynn Burke April 3, 2022, 5:51 pm

    These are awesome!! Easy and delicious.

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  • Julie March 27, 2022, 4:27 pm

    My son gives them 1000/10! I put peanuts instead of almonds, chocolate chips instead of cranberries, and I used creamy honey (the white kind). I also doubled the recipe, so i got 24 bars. They keep very well at room temperature and they have the perfect texture. I will definitely make them again!

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  • Carly March 21, 2022, 10:17 pm

    OMG these are the best granola bars I have ever made. I’ve tried a handful and I’ve never loved them. I followed the recipe exactly and it was perfect.

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  • Lynn February 26, 2022, 11:08 am

    I just made these and they came out great! I added about 1/4c shredded coconut for a little more sweetness. I used mini morsels but they melted a bit too much – will allow the mixture to cool a bit longer next time.

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  • Dee February 23, 2022, 4:42 pm

    I just made the granola bar recipe and I substituted the cane sugar with coconut sugar and the butter with plant based butter and it was absolutely delicious! This recipe is so versatile and the combinations are endless. Definitely going to be one of my go to recipes

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  • Joyce January 23, 2022, 11:40 am

    I really want to make these today but found I only have quick oats, could I use those instead?

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    • Adam March 27, 2022, 8:21 am

      Yes, the texture will be slightly different though.

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  • Emmet January 20, 2022, 2:01 pm

    Made today they were very nice. I didn’t have any cranberries so I put in raisins also didn’t have any chocolate chips so I put in mini fudge pieces. I always know your recipes will be spot on maybe I should comment more. Thanks for all your tasty recipes. Emmet

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  • Krispy January 15, 2022, 8:22 pm

    Hi there, I was wondering, is there any way of reducing the sugar without it crumbling?

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    • Joanne May 6, 2022, 1:40 pm

      Hi Krispy, We have experienced the best results with the amount of sugar noted in the recipe.

      Reply
  • Raquel January 15, 2022, 5:33 pm

    Hi, this looks great! Could I substitute the oats for granola?

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    • Joanne May 6, 2022, 1:40 pm

      Raquel, Hmm, we really aren’t sure. If you try it, we’d love to hear how it went.

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  • Mike December 31, 2021, 1:29 pm

    Made these bars today and with a little tweaking I will never by store bought again.

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  • Ak December 17, 2021, 12:44 am

    I’ve made these twice and both times I baked them at 110c° for about 30 mins just to dry. That seems to work just fine for my taste. Mine turns out holding together and staying chewy. I’ve convinced myself not to try to add too much dried fruits if I don’t adjust the amount of honey/butter mixture, because it will be always sad to see the crumbled granolas, though I know they’ll be still tasty. Thank you for the great recipe!

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  • Anna December 11, 2021, 12:18 pm

    Really easy to make and the recipe is fantastic. Flavour is super good. Definitely going to do them again.

    Reply

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