Snacks Homemade Granola Bars 4.61 from 128 votes Create a Profile! × Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Jump To Video Save Recipe My Homemade Granola Bars recipe results in the perfect portable snack packed with flavor, crunch, and chew — with no mystery ingredients. By Gemma Stafford | May 28, 2021 | 312 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Some of my favorite recipes to create are homemade versions of things you typically buy. From homemade cereal like my Bran Flakes Cereal recipe to Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, no matter what it is, it’s always better homemade. My Homemade Granola Bars recipe is no exception. These quickly baked granola bars are the perfect portable snack packed with flavor, crunch, and chew, but with no mystery ingredients. Homemade recipes are just better. I’ll prove it. Why Do Granola Bars Need To Be Baked? While some granola bars are no-bake, like my No-Bake Granola Bars recipe, my Homemade Granola Bars are the opposite. The reason I chose to make a baked granola bar recipe is not just because I absolutely love the toothy crunch and toasty flavor of the oats, but because the baking process helps them hold together without the use of too much liquid sweetener. These bars start by combining a bit of honey, maple syrup, and brown sugar in a pan with butter. This forms a little bit of a sticky syrup that goes a long way. After making the syrup in a large deep pot, I go right in with lots of oats, shredded coconut, chewy dried cranberries, and chopped almonds. From there, this mixture gets pressed into a small sheet tray and baked until golden brown. After coming out of the oven, I cut these into perfectly portioned bars — but it doesn’t stop there. In true Big and Bold fashion, I dip them in chocolate. They are sure to get you through the extra-long afternoon! Are These Good For You? While granola can be a great source of fiber and protein, it’s worthing noting that bars can also have a lot of sugar. With that in mind, it’s good to enjoy this healthier choice in moderation as you would with any sweet snack. What You’ll Need To Make Homemade Chewy Granola Bars Baking tray and parchment paper Medium saucepan Spatula Wire rack Measuring cups How To Make Granola Bars Here’s how you can make homemade granola bars (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below): Preheat the oven and line the baking tray with parchment paper. Combine butter, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and fold in oats, salt, coconut, dried cranberries, and almonds using a spatula. Transfer to a baking tray and press down the mixture with a spatula into one even layer. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Lift the whole sheet off the tray and cut it into bars. Dip each bottom part of the bar into melted chocolate. Allow the bars to set the chocolate side up on the rack. Drizzle remaining melted chocolate on as a garnish. Allow setting. Why Are My Granola Bars Sticky? This can happen if you don’t allow the syrup base of the bars to properly come together. To avoid this, I suggest letting the butter melt all the way, then add in the brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup. Don’t be tempted to over stir this mixture, either. Just allow the sugar to naturally dissolve. After the sugar has dissolved, allow this to simmer over low heat for just a few minutes. This should yield the perfect result! If your granola bars are coming out a bit sticky, it may also mean they need to be baked longer, as after baking they should be crunchy on the outside and hold together on the inside. Why Are My Granola Bars Too Crunchy? While on the one hand, you don’t want your homemade granola bars to be too sticky, you also don’t want them to be too crunchy either. To make sure they come out just right, I suggest you bake them for the exact time in the middle rack of the oven, allowing them to toast up evenly. Another trick to getting them to the perfect texture is to really press the oat mixture down into the lined pan before baking the bars. This will compact the oats and all the mix-ins, making sure that the whole mix bakes and toasts up evenly from corner to corner. What Can I Add To My Baked Granola Bars? I love the combination of coconut, dried cranberries, and almonds. All topped off with chocolate this is heavenly. However, my granola bar recipe is wonderful to get creative with, from raisins and other dried fruit to whatever mix of nuts, like sunflower seeds, you have on hand, you really can’t go wrong here. If you are looking to make a slightly less sweet granola bar, feel free to leave out the chocolate too! And if you’re looking for an even sweeter granola bar, toss in mini chocolate chips for chocolate chip granola bars. How Long Do Granola Bars Last? If they’re sealed in an airtight container at room temperature, granola bars have an expiration date of about a week. But they won’t necessarily go bad after a week’s time. While safe to consume after a week, they’ll just be a little stale. Try Some Of My Best-Ever Recipes! Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Best Ever Brownies Best Ever Chocolate Cake And don’t forget to buy my Bigger Bolder Baking Cookbook! Full (and printable) recipe below! Try These Recipes! 4-Ingredient Homemade Goldfish CrackersTop 5 Microwave SnacksHealthy Granola Bars (Sugar-Free, Grain-Free)Sugar Free Candied Spiced Nuts Watch The Recipe Video! Play Homemade Granola Bars Recipe 4.61 from 128 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… My Homemade Granola Bars recipe results in the perfect portable snack packed with flavor, crunch, and chew — with no mystery ingredients. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 18 Egg-Free Chocolate Fruit Nuts Baking Pans Saucepan Prep Time 25 minsCook Time 25 minsTotal Time 50 mins My Homemade Granola Bars recipe results in the perfect portable snack packed with flavor, crunch, and chew — with no mystery ingredients. Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 18 Ingredients 6 tablespoons (3oz/85g) butter (melted) 1/3 cup (4oz/115g) honey2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons brown sugar1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 cups (9oz/255g) rolled oats1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup (1 ½oz/43g) coconut (shredded and unsweetened) 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) dried cranberries (or raisins) 1/2 cup (2 ½oz/71g) almonds (chopped) 1 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate (melted) Instructions Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C), then line a 9 x 12-inch baking tray with parchment, set aside.In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the butter, honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon.Allow simmering until the sugar has dissolved and a dark syrup has formed. Remove from the heat and fold in the oats, salt, coconut, dried cranberries, and almonds. Using a spatula, continue to fold everything together until evenly coated in the syrup.Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared baking tray and press down using your spatula into one evenly packed layer.Bake the granola bars for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and toasted on top.Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before lifting the whole sheet out of the tray.Cut them in 1 1/2 x 4-inch bars. This will yield 18.Dip the bottom half of each bar in melted chocolate then allow to set, chocolate side up, on a rack. If your bars do not set up after 30 minutes to an hour, place them in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened. Once the chocolate has set, use the additional melted chocolate to drizzle over the top for garnish. Once the chocolate drizzle has set, enjoy!Cover and store the granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. They can also be kept in the freezer for longer. Play Recipe Notes Nutrition Facts Homemade Granola Bars Recipe Amount Per Serving (1 bar) Calories 199 Calories from Fat 117 % Daily Value* Fat 13g20%Saturated Fat 8g50%Polyunsaturated Fat 1gMonounsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 10mg3%Sodium 60mg3%Carbohydrates 21g7%Fiber 3g13%Sugar 10g11%Protein 2g4% Vitamin A 100IU2%Calcium 30mg3%Iron 0.9mg5% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.