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Homemade Granola Bars - 12 Ways

Homemade Granola Bars - 12 Ways - Switch up your snack lineup with these healthy on-the go snacks. Simple to customize and make ahead for school or work lunchboxes. Refined sugar free, gluten free, nut free and keto options.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword back-to-school, gluten free, granola bar recipes, granola bars, healthy granola bars recipe, homemade granola bars, kid friendly, lunchbox, no bake, school lunch healthy snacks, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 bars
Calories 316 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

GRANOLA BAR BASE RECIPE:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted creamy almond butter , can also sub with any other nut butter or seed butter for nut free
  • 1/2 cup honey , can sub with 2/3 cup date paste OR brown rice syrup for vegan
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon , optional but helps to balance the sweetness & boosts flavor
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt , optional but helps to balance the sweetness & boosts flavor
  • 2 cups gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats , can also sub with flaked coconut from Bob's Red Mill for grain free / low carb / paleo
  • 1.5 cups gluten free rice crisps , can also sub with a mix of sesame seeds and sunflower seeds for low carb / paleo
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut , can also sub with ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon water , helps to bind everything together
  • 1/2 cup almonds , finely chopped - can also sub with sunflower seeds for nut free
  • 2 tablespoons whole almonds , can also sub with pecans or walnuts - leave out for nut free

Add-Ins (optional):

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt almond butter, honey and coconut oil together. Bring it to a gentle boil, while stirring, then allow to boil so the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and salt (if using).

  3. Stir in the oats, followed by the crisped rice cereal, the shredded coconut and finally the water and mix until everything is well combined.

  4. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and using a flat spatula, press down very firmly to press and flatten, until tight and compressed. Press in the whole almonds and any optional add-ins.

FOR BAKED GRANOLA BARS:

  1. Bake in preheated oven at 325F for 21-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely at room temperature or chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.

FOR NO BAKE GRANOLA BARS:

  1. Place in the freezer (or fridge) until hardened, about 1 hour.

  2. Once the bars are set, use the parchment paper to lift them from the pan. Slice into even bars. Bars are softer when left out at room temperature. For best results, store bars in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Granola Bars - 12 Ways
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.