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Homemade Baked Granola Bars

How to make homemade, baked granola bars instead of buying them at the store. Jump to the Homemade Baked Granola Bars Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Homemade Baked Granola Bars

We love making our own granola bars around here. They are great to have in the house — especially when that snack attack happens.

Granola Bar Ingredients

These bars are absolutely delicious. That’s all thanks to the baking. We mix all of our favorite ingredients together with some sugar and honey. As the bars bake in the oven the sugar melts and caramelizes into the bars and at the same time the oats and nuts toast and become extra nutty.

Granola Bar Mixture

The only catch to these seriously delicious bars is that they can crumble a bit on you. I’ve shared a few tips below in the recipe to help with this, but just like some of the harder store-bought granola bars the edges might break away on you a bit. We don’t mind this too much since the little bits are still tasty and just more like clumped granola bites.

Homemade Granola Bars

If you are looking for a chewy granola bar, I highly recommend taking a peek at our Soft and Chewy Granola Bars. We love those bars so much, we actually made a quick video showing you how we make them.

Recipe updated, originally posted January 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Homemade Baked Granola Bars

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The only catch to these seriously delicious granola bars is that they can crumble a bit on you. I’ve shared a few tips below in the recipe to help with this, but just like some of the harder store-bought granola bars the edges might break away on you a bit. We don’t mind this too much since the little bits are still tasty and just more like clumped granola bites.

Makes 12 to 16 bars

You Will Need

1 2/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes or a combination

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon water


    Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan.

    In a large bowl, mix the rolled oats, processed rolled oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and cranberries together.

    In a separate bowl, whisk the honey, melted butter, vanilla extract, and water until well blended. Pour into the bowl with oats. Mix well.

    Spread the granola in the prepared pan and firmly pat down. To make sure, pat the granola down again. Bake until the granola is golden around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.

    Remove from the oven, loosen the edges and cool for about 5 minutes.
    Use a sharp knife or bench scraper to cut the bars while they are still in the pan, carefully remove and cool on a wire rack. The granola bars will keep up to a week when wrapped individually with plastic wrap. If the kitchen is humid, it is best to store the bars in the refrigerator.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 200 / Serving Size 1 bar (12 total) / Total Fat 5.6g / Saturated Fat 2.7g / Cholesterol 10.2mg / Sodium 99.6mg / Carbohydrate 34.7g / Dietary Fiber 2.9g / Total Sugars 23.2g / Protein 2.6g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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33 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Bernzy February 8, 2021, 10:48 am

    I love these granola bars! Can I please get the calorie count per serving?

    • Adam February 16, 2021, 1:56 pm

      Hi Bernzy, So glad you loved the recipe. We just added the nutrition facts to the recipe.

  • Mary Laughlin May 5, 2020, 4:57 pm

    Hi! Recipe looks great! Do you have the nutritional information? Would I be able to use Splenda brown sugar instead? Thanks?

    • Adam February 16, 2021, 1:57 pm

      Hi Mary, we have not tried using Splenda to make these granola bars so we don’t know if it would work or not. We did just add the nutrition facts to the recipe.

  • Ashley Barman April 13, 2019, 11:58 pm

    These are so good, I think I am going to start making these every week. They are so delicious and nutritious!

  • Hayley Morrin March 20, 2019, 1:16 am

    I’m curious as to if anyone has tried reducing the sugar in the recipe? I might use chocolate chips as an add in so was considering reduce the sugar about by half to 1/3 cup. Would this be a bad idea?

  • Vicky April 6, 2018, 7:41 am

    Hello! Thanks for great recipes:) After trying your chewy granola bars which turned out so good I really wanted to make a baked version as well, but got stuck by converting cups into grams. Could you please provide measurements in grams? Thanks!

  • reem November 17, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Yum Yum Yum i can’t wait to try this one tomorrow morning but i will substitute butter with a healthier fat i don’t really like butter :>
    You have a nice blog

  • Shireen28 April 25, 2014, 9:17 am

    Hello Joanne and Adam
    I made your Chewy Granola bars few hours ago,it comes out perfect.I did some changes since I read the comments that some of the ppl couldn’t cut the granola perfectly. I did some changes:
    I did add a white egg to your recipe,in the other hand, I didn’t add 2tbs of water and 1/3 of the finely ground oat.
    After my granola baked I let it cool down for more than an hour, I could cut is into bars. The tast and texture absolutely De Li Cious…..
    Thank for sharing with us….


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