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homemade granola bars

Granola bars…..this is the snack food I have tried to like for so long. They are quick, convenient and usually look so healthy, but are they? There are so many options on the grocery store shelves, but I have yet to find one that satisfies my taste and my desire to have a healthy snack. I look for simple ingredients that I recognize and feel good about. So far, my search has not satisfied. Today, I am trying a different route…make my own!!

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ingrdients for homemade granola
These are the add-ins I use. Feel free to mix it up to your liking!

After a few attempts, I’ve learned that you need a good base that will hold your ingredients together. Once you have that, you can begin creating the granola bar you desire. Mix up the ingredients and have fun with them. Here is my combination I have claimed as my favorite. Give it a try and let me know what you mix into your bars!

homemade granola bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Kristy Dodson
Granola bars that will become your favorite, satisfying snack. These will quickly replace your store bought granola or energy bars!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins


  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves or whole almonds roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal organic
  • 1/3 cup honey local raw honey for added immune support
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter ghee or coconut oil for healthier options
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp chia seeds I add more but it's up to you.
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa chips or other chocolate roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate for melting and drizzling (if desired)


  • Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray or coconut oil, set aside
  • Combine the oats and chopped nuts in a skillet and lightly toast for about 10 minutes (stir constantly until fragrant). Or toast these in the oven at 325 for about 10 minutes. This is one step I do not skip.
  • Combine honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and chia seeds in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter and sugar melt completely. Pour the butter mixture over the toasted oats and nuts and add the rice cereal, raisins and cranberries. Stir well.
  • Let the mixture cool for at least 20 minutes then add the chocolate and mix together well.
  • Using a spatula, press the mixture into the prepared 8×8 pan. Be sure to press down on every part of the mixture so that you do not have loose pieces falling off. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • If desired, melt the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate and drizzle across the granola mixture. Once cool, lift parchment paper from the pan and cut into squares or rectangles. These can be frozen, wrapped individually in plastic wrap, placed in a zipped bag, or eaten right away.


Have fun with these and make them your own. Choose nuts that you love and dried fruits that you happen to have on hand. The best part about these granola bars is how you can continually change the ingredients to keep them exciting.
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