This healthy granola bars recipe is full of wholesome ingredients and makes for a perfect snack!
If you love peanut butter and chocolate, you will love these bars!
Homemade chewy granola bars are easy to make and taste great! They're more flavorful than store-bought granola bars and have less sugar (as they're made with natural sweeteners).
Here's what you'll need to make this healthy granola bar recipe.
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (do not substitute for quick oats)
- Creamy nut butter (natural peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter)
- Honey (or if you'd prefer, you can use maple syrup)
- Chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds)
- Dark Chocolate Chips
See the recipe card for quantities.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
Combine the wet ingredients - honey, peanut butter, and sea salt in a large bowl.
Stir with a rubber spatula till combined.
Add in the dry ingredients - the rolled oats, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips.
Stir till combined.
Press the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Bake granola bars for 18 minutes for soft bars (a chewy texture) and 20 to 22 minutes for crispy bars.
Allow the bars to cool fully for 20 minutes before cutting them into 8 to 10 bars, in the pan.
Then, pull the side of the parchment paper up to remove the bars from the pan and slice again along the same lines.
Allow bars to fully cool to room temperature before eating or storing.
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Substitutions & Variations
Need to make some swaps to this recipe? Here are some ingredients you can substitute.
- Nuts - use your favorite nuts (just make sure they are finely chopped). Unsalted walnuts, almonds, pecan, and hazelnuts all work! You can also use seeds like pumpkin seeds (pepitas), hemp seeds, or unsalted sunflower seeds.
- Sweetener - if you'd like these to be vegan granola bars, use maple syrup instead of honey.
You can store homemade granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to one week. Alternatively, you can wrap each bar in wax paper or plastic wrap to store them as well.
The bars can be frozen for up to three months. I suggest allowing them to defrost for 20 to 30 minutes before eating if you freeze them.
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Cooking Tips - If you want less crumbly bars, bake for at least 20 minutes. If you like a chewy, soft bar then bake bars for 18 minutes. Make sure to allow them to fully cool before cutting.
Recommended Tools - I highly recommend lining your baking pan with parchment paper - this keeps the granola bars from sticking to the pan.
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- ½ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup finely chopped walnuts or almonds
- ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
- Combine the honey, peanut butter, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir till combined. Add the rolled oats, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips and stir till combined.
- Press the mixture into the baking dish. Bake the granola bars for 18 minutes for soft bars and 20 to 22 minutes for crispy bars.
- Allow the bars to cool fully in the pan for 20 minutes before cutting them into 8 to 10 bars.
- Then, pull the side of the parchment paper up to remove the bars from the pan and slice again along the same lines.
- Allow bars to cool fully before eating or storing.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g