Homemade Chewy Granola Bars Recipe (Great After School Snack)

Kids come home starving and while it is easiest to send them to the pantry for some store-bought snacks. It is also nice to have some wholesome homemade goodies on hand as well.

My kids love granola bars and making these homemade chewy granola bars with ingredients they love, I am guaranteed happy kids and not a bunch of uneaten packaged snack bars.

You can mix and match the ingredients of these super simple homemade snack bars. The kids can even help create the flavor combos. You can add them to our snack drawer concept. 

memade chewy granola bars


Homemade Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

You only need a few simple ingredients you may already have at home. You could even go one more step and dip them in chocolate.

memade chewy granola bars

Toast your nuts and oatmeal and allow them to cool. Then simply mix all your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

homemade chewy granola bars mixture in a bowl


In a microwave, melt your nut butter and coconut oil until smooth.

nut butter in one bowl and oatmeal mix in another bowl


Mix the dry and wet ingredients together until it is well coated.

chewy granola bars pressed into a baking pan lined with parchment paper

Place the mixture into a 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper for easy clean up and removal. Bake as directed.


sliced and baked chewy granola bars

The result is these delicious and healthy after school treat. Mine were a bit crumbly so I am not sure if I over measured my ingredients or didn’t bake them long enough.

Another amazing recipe is these Oatmeal Fudge Bars. More of a dessert but they have oatmeal.

Have fun with this and let me know what your favorite nut and dried fruit combo your kids enjoyed the most,

Homemade  Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

We adapted a recipe from cooking light to create this healthy snack bar. Homemade Granola Bars Homemade snack bars

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memade chewy granola bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Make your own customized granola bars for a healthy after school snack the kids will go crazy for. 


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper; let excess hang over edge.
  2. Spread oats onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until toasted, about 12 minutes. Place in a medium bowl; cool.
  3. Place peanut butter, honey, and oil in a microwavable bowl. Microwave at high until warm, about 30 seconds; whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla, salt, and egg white.
  4. Add rest of the ingredients to oats. Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture; stir until well combined. Using a spatula, press mixture very firmly into prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350°F until lightly browned, 20 to 22 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan using parchment paper. Cool completely on rack. Cut into 12 even bars.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 242Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 16mgSodium 151mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 4gSugar 13gProtein 7g

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1 Comment

  1. This looks yummy! I’ve never made homemade granola bars.


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