3 Better Homemade Granola Bars

Make a tasty, on-the-go treat for your family with any of our 3 scrumptious granola bar recipes.

By: Adam Easterling

When it comes to a snack that's light, packed with energy, easy to carry and wholesome, it's hard to beat a granola bar. Granola bars are easy to take on road trips, a hike, to the park or anywhere else on the go. Now you can make them at home! Whipping up your own granola bars in the kitchen is simple, fast and allows you to control every ingredient involved.

1. Easy Berry Bars
Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

355 millilitres (1 1/2) cup old-fashioned oatmeal
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) almonds
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) pistachios
80 millilitres (1/3 cup) cranberries*
35 millilitres (2 tablespoons) ground flaxseeds
35 millilitres (2 tablespoons) chia seeds (optional)
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) honey 

*Tip: Although we love cranberries, any dried fruit will do. Try raisins, apricots, cherries or anything your family loves.


  1. Line an 20-by-20-centimetre (8-by-8-inch) baking pan with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the honey
  3. In a small saucepan, bring honey to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently — be careful not to let honey burn
  5. Pour 80 millilitres (1/3 cup) of boiled honey over nut-and-seed mixture
  6. Mix until combined
  7. Add honey to taste

  1. Press mixture into prepared pan and let cool 1-2 hours before cutting

Tip: While homemade granola bars might not have that nifty individual packaging, some parchment paper and small storage containers should do the trick for trips and hikes.

2. PB&G Bars
Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

60 millilitres (1/4 cup) peanut butter
120 millilitres (4 oz.) honey
60 millilitres (1/4 cup) brown sugar
240 millilitres (1 cup) granola
240 millilitres (1 cup) quick cooking oats
240 millilitres (1 cup) puffed rice cereal
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) chocolate chips
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) chopped dried mixed fruit


  1. Melt peanut butter and honey together in a saucepan over medium heat
  2. Dissolve brown sugar into the peanut butter mixture and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes
  3. Mix granola, oats, rice cereal, chocolate chips and fruit together in a large bowl
  4. Pour peanut butter mixture over the granola mixture and fold to coat
  5. Grease a cake pan, and then pour the granola mixture into the prepared pan and press into a flat layer
  6. Cool at room temperature, about 15 minutes, before cutting into bars

3. Choco-cherry Bars
Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

400 millilitres (1 2/3) cups rolled oats
80 millilitres (1/3 cup) honey
80 millilitres (1/3 cup) whole wheat pastry flour
2 1/2 millilitres (1/2 teaspoon) salt
1/2 chocolate bar, chopped
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) dried cherries
120 millilitres (1/2 cup) slivered almonds
5 millilitres (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
60 millilitres (1/4 cup) coconut oil


  1. Butter an 20-by-20-centimetre (8-by-8-inch) baking pan
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly
  3. Place the mixture onto the prepared baking pan and pat down firmly so that it's 1 1/4 centimetre (1/2 inch) thick
  4. Bake at 175 C (350 F) for 20-25 minutes or until top is golden brown
  5. Allow to cool before cutting

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