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Healthy Granola Bars, my old friend. When I have a batch of you on hand, my life feels a little more together. A simple baked granola bar recipe made with oats, honey, and your mix-ins of choice, these easy bars are here for you, whatever wildness the day may hold.

sliced Almond Healthy Granola Bars with Coconut and Honey

I cannot relate to the idea of being so busy you forget to eat.

Even on my most crazed days, my stomach checks in at regular intervals, and I can’t focus until I’ve met my body’s need for nourishment.

The quality of the snacks is where I need to pay attention.

  • Having healthy snacks like these homemade granola bars (or Energy Balls) on hand for immediate consumption satisfies my hunger for hours.
  • They are a much healthier option than reaching for a bag of chips, candy bar or other processed snacks that will leave you hungry again a short while later.

I am not a dietician, but I know that if you are looking for granola bars for weight loss and only focus on which granola bars have the least calories, you can miss the point.

  • For a snack to keep you full and happy (and your hand out of the chip bag), it needs to have filling ingredients like fiber, protein, and healthy fats. These have 7 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving!
  • Otherwise, you’ll end up eating more overall than you would have if you would have simply selected a more satisfying (but higher calorie) bar in the first place.

These bars are truly sustaining!

Healthy granola bars with nuts and cranberries

I originally developed this healthy granola bars recipe for Ben and my long road trips.

Now, we take them on ski trips for a mid-mountain break, and I almost always have some in the freezer. It feels good to reach for a homemade bar instead of something from a box, and it is a serious cost savings too

If you’ve never made homemade granola bars, you are going to be pleasantly surprised by just how easy they are.

They save well (wrap and freeze them for up to two months), are more affordable than store-bought bars, and don’t contain the long list of unpronounceable ingredients.

Plus, your kitchen will smell like a bakery while these granola bars bake. Ahhhh.

Almond Healthy Granola Bars with oats and peanut butter stacked on a plate

How to Make Healthy Granola Bars

These bars are ultra easy to stir together, perfect for kids, post workout, and on-the-go-breakfasts, and the ingredients are flexible to what you have on hand.

You can even alter the baking time to make the bars chewier or crunchier, depending upon what your family prefers.

The Ingredients

  • Oats. Full of fiber, nutrients, and shown to help lower levels of “bad” cholesterol, oats are inexpensive with a powerful healthy punch. Their fiber content in this whole grain is one of the reasons these healthy granola bars (as well as their cousin, No Bake Granola Bars) will keep you full.

Dietary Note

If you need your granola bars to be gluten free and appropriate for someone with a gluten allergy (such as celiac) make sure your brand of oats is certified GF so that there is no cross-contamination.

  • Nuts. Rich in omega-3s and a good source of protein, nuts make these bars both satisfying and super tasty. Use any nuts you love or have on hand: chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts—my favorite is a mix, like what you’ll find in Trail Mix Peanut Butter Granola Bars.
  • Pepitas. These little pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants and add another dimension of flavor.

Substitution Tip

You can substitute pepitas for sunflower seeds or additional chopped nuts.

  • Unsweetened Coconut Flakes. Add irresistible toasty notes, without the need for excess sugar.
  • Peanut Butter. Hello, healthy fats and more protein for sustenance. You can use any nut butter here you enjoy. (Fellow PB lovers, don’t miss these Peanut Butter Protein Bars.)


The consistency of your bars will vary based on the brand of nut butter you use. If they seem too dry, add more peanut butter or honey; if they are too wet, add more oats one tablespoon at a time.

  • Honey. Rejoice for healthy granola bars no sugar but the right about of sweetness! Storebought bars can contain three or four different forms of sugar. In these bars, you’ll find only natural honey.

Substitution Tip

Honey can be substituted with an equal amount of maple syrup or brown rice syrup. Either of these sweeteners is also a great way to make the granola bars vegan. For another vegan option, check out my Vegan Protein Bars.

  • Cinnamon + Pure Vanilla Extract + Salt. This trio makes these homemade granola bars even more scrumptious (truly, processed bars do not stand a chance).
  • Mix-Ins! One of the most fun parts of making granola bars from scratch is that you can make them any flavor. Try dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, chia seeds or dark chocolate and you certainly can’t go wrong with chocolate chip peanut butter granola bars. These can easily be made dairy-free as well!

The Directions

a sheet pan with oats, nuts, and pumpkin seeds
  1. Toast the oats, nuts, and seeds. This adds big flavor!
a sauce pan with peanut butter for making healthy granola bars
  1. Warm the peanut butter and honey together until smooth. Stir in the spices.
oats, peanut butter, honey, and nuts stirred in a saucepan
  1. Stir the toasted oats and nuts into the peanut butter mixture.
homemade granola bars being pressed into a pan
  1. Press the mixture into a parchment-lined pan. Bake the healthy granola bars at 300 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, slice, and ENJOY.

Chewy or Crunchy?

  • For Chewy Granola Bars. Pull out the bars after 15 minutes.
  • For Crunchy Granola Bars. Continue baking the bars 5 additional minutes, or 20 minutes total.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  • To Freeze. Wrap bars airtight and store them in a ziptop bag in the freezer. Let thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Storage Tips

For grab-and-go snacks at the ready, make a double batch, wrap the bars individually, then pull them out of your freezer on demand.

Homemade healthy granola bars with nuts, chocolate chips, and oats

Healthy Alternatives to Granola Bars

While I do think granola bars can be healthy when you are watching the ingredients, if you are looking to vary it up and try some other healthy snacks, here are some suggestions:

Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe

  • Baking Dish. This one is ideal for making granola bars.
  • Baking Sheet. I use a baking sheet to toast my granola bar mix-ins.
  • Saucepan. With countless everyday uses, a high-quality saucepan is a must-have item in every kitchen.

You’ll thank yourself for having these healthy granola bars around, whether your tummy growls like mine, or you are one of those people that has to remind yourself to eat lunch (but how?!).

Happy snacking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Granola Bars Healthy or Unhealthy?

While store-bought granola bars can be unhealthy and full of added sugars, these homemade granola bars are healthy in moderation. They’re a delicious and nutritious snack option compared to those that come in a package.

How Do I Make Granola Bars with the Least Calories?

If you want to ensure your granola bars are low in calories, watch what mix-ins you add. Make sure you use low-calorie mix-ins, and choose a nut butter with the least amount of calories.

What Can I Do with Leftover Granola Bars?

Crumble up leftover granola bars over yogurt, or try them over vanilla ice cream for a treat.

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Healthy Granola Bars

4.69 from 132 votes
A healthy granola bar recipe with oats, peanut butter, honey, and your favorite mix-ins. High fiber, low sugar, and great for kids and adults!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes

Servings: 10 bars



  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper so that two sides of the paper overhang the sides like handles. Coat generously with nonstick spray.
  • Spread the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes on a rimmed, ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the oven until the coconut looks lightly golden and the nuts are toasted and fragrant, about 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, heat the honey and peanut butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture is smoothly combined. Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  • As soon as the oat mixture is finished toasting, carefully transfer it to the pan with the peanut butter. With a rubber spatula, stir to combine. Let cool for 5 minutes, then add the chocolate chips (if you add the chocolate chips immediately, they will melt).
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared pan. With the back of a spatula, press the bars into a single layer (you also can place a sheet of plastic wrap against the surface to deter sticking, then use your fingers; discard the plastic prior to baking).
  • Bake the healthy granola bars for 15 to 20 minutes: 20 minutes will yield crunchier bars; at 15 they will be slightly chewier. With the bars still in the pan, press a knife down into the pan to cut into bars of your desired size (be sure to pick a knife that will not damage your pan—I typically cut into 2 rows of 5). Do not remove the bars. Let them cool completely in the pan.
  • Once the bars have cooled completely, use the parchment to lift them onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars again in the same place, going over your lines to separate. Pull apart and enjoy!


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  • TO STORE: Store granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week or refrigerate for 2 weeks.
  • TO FREEZE: Wrap bars airtight and store them in a ziptop bag in the freezer. Let thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.


Serving: 1bar (of 10)Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 7gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 4gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. Amazing taste, I’ve made these a couple times in the past month since finding this recipe. But how are they low sugar? Like, I realize each to their own as far as tweaking recipes for special diets goes, and I’m not even diabetic or anything, it just seems like 19g of sugar per bar isn’t actually low sugar. Again, these are delicious, 6 stars if I could, just seems a bit misleading to say in the initial description that they’re low sugar — honey is metabolized just the same as table sugar, even if, yes, it is *far* less processed/may have trace amounts of micronutrients. It’s still sugar though 🤷🏻‍♂️ I do really appreciate the recipe overall though, so thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Sam, storebought bars can contain three or four different forms of sugar. In these bars, you’ll find only natural honey. Glad you enjoyed them!

    2. I have made these bars at least 10 times now. Im not buying packaged bars anymore. These taste better and there are no preservatives.
      Im pre diabetic w hypertension so I use unsalted organic peanut butter, unsalted nuts, unsweetened no sugar chipits and coconut flakes , and put half honey and half maple sugar, to lessen sugar grams.
      Sometimes I only use maple syrup, reducing sugar grams even more but they don’t stick together as well. I feel I have this recipe perfected now. I have made the mistake of thinking mixture was cool enough to add chipits, make sure pb mixture and oats have totally cooled before adding chipits. This is my favorite guilt free snack, they are delicious and very nutritious .
      A++++++ recipe
      Thank you Erin !5 stars

      1. To keep your bars from getting too gooey,try reducing your maple syrup a bit, first. It doesn’t take much, just bring it to a low simmer for a minute. Take it off the heat and let it cool before adding peanut butter.
        Incidentally, if you let it cool all the way, you end up with fudge, and if you add cold chunks of butter instead of peanut butter, you get caramel. Use a tiny of heavy cream, and you get a smooth caramel sauce.4 stars

    1. Hi! Unfortunately, I’m not able to provide metric measurements. There are several online conversion sites—one good one is from King Arthur! Here’s the link:

  2. Just made your Healthy Granola Bars. Cut them into smaller portions so the calories count isn’t so high. My husband asked what I was baking as they smelled so good in the oven. Look forward to tasting them, they look great!!! Thank you Erin!5 stars

  3. Love, love, love this recipe!!
    I made with honey the first time and it was a little too sweet so made the next batch with maple syrup as someone in the comments suggested, and it was perfect! Thank you Erin for this wonderful recipe. I will be bringing along on my weekend hikes!5 stars

  4. I love this recipe so much. Can I ask, if I was making these for a vegan, what could I use instead of honey that’s still good? Thank you.

    1. Hi Clari, honey can be substituted with an equal amount of maple syrup or brown rice syrup. Enjoy!

  5. Hi Erin! Great recipe but I cheated. I used granola I already had so skipped the first part and just added the heated peanut butter, honey, maple syrup (microwaved for 30 sec) and coconut flakes and baked in a toaster oven for 15 minutes at 300. Turned out great. Thanks!5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with the recipe, Eliana. The amounts, flavorings and timing have worked well for myself (and others) so I wished it would have been a hit for you too! I know it can be so disappointing to try a new recipe and it does not turn out for you.

    1. Hi Paula, I’m sorry, you’ll need something to help bind them together and that’s what the nut butter does. Some alternatives that might work, cookie butter, sun butter, granola butter. I haven’t tested any of these but they might work. Let us know if you try it!

  6. This was my first time making my own granola bars and I am so happy with how these turned out! I used a mix of pecans and almonds for my nuts, and a blend of cranberries and raisins in place of chocolate chips. I baked for 17 minutes. I can’t imagine buying granola bars ever again! These were so delicious, easy to make, and my 2 and 4 year olds loved them. It will be fun to experiment with different nuts and add-ins. I’m so glad I found this recipe – thank you, Erin!5 stars

  7. This is a great bar. Everyone enjoyed it. I have made them 3 times now. Because honey is not good for IBS I used half maple syrup and honey. The second time I made these, I tried cutting the honey/maple syrup in half. That didn’t work, but it did result in yummy granola:)
    I am back to full sweet and they hold together perfectly.
    I would like to cut the carbs down. Any options for less sweet, but still holding together?5 stars

    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Donna. Honey can be substituted with an equal amount of maple syrup or brown rice syrup. Hope this helps!

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