Grab one of these homemade granola bars for a healthy snack for work and avoid a hangry moment in your day. My chewy granola bar recipe creates a pan of perfectly flavored oatmeal raisin bars that are perfect for kids and adults alike.

stack of oatmeal raisin bars on parchment paper.

If you’re looking for a snack that will give you sustained energy and leave you feeling full, then these homemade granola bars are for you!

I grew up on Nature’s Valley bars thanks to my dad, but I wanted to make my own version using my favorite plant-based ingredients. Now this, my friend, is a “rawkstar” healthy granola bar recipe that is the best healthy snack for kids.

Table of Contents
  1. Oatmeal Raisin Bar Ingredients
  2. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  3. How to Make Healthy Granola Bars
  4. Storage Options
  5. FAQs
  6. More Healthy Snack Options
  7. Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

Oatmeal Raisin Bar Ingredients

homemade granola bars in a stack next to a baking pan on a wooden table.

This chewy granola bar recipe has a longer ingredient list, yet you should have all of these items on hand or at your local grocery store. Here’s what I’m baking into mine:

  • Rolled oats: The base of this recipe. You can taste them so you use the ones you like! Make sure your bag says certified gluten-free if you want that.
  • Almond flour: I’m keeping this recipe gluten-free by using almond flour over regular flour. It also keeps the bars from puffing up too much when baked.
  • Sliced almonds: I don’t want large chunks of anything in these bars, to keep them bonded, so I take sliced almonds and chop them a little further before mixing in.
  • Maple syrup: I love using this natural sweetener as it brings a warm and nutty flavor to any dish.
  • Raisins: I wanted to give these bars the classic “oatmeal raisin” flavor so they need, well, raisins!
  • Almond butter: If you don’t want to make some homemade almond butter then look for a store brand that is just almonds, nothing else.
  • Chia seeds: This superfood gives the bars healthy fat and protein to help balance the natural sugars in them.
  • Coconut oil: This is my favorite healthy fat to use, especially in a sweet recipe. It has a faint coconut taste and can easily be melted in the microwave or on the stove before using.
  • Vanilla extract: Another way to bring warmth to sweet recipes is vanilla extract. It’s not sweet by itself, yet adds a lovely vanilla flavor.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg are the spices of choice for my homemade granola bars. They pair nicely with the almond butter.

Read on for any swaps you need.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

I chose almonds in a few different forms, yet you can easily swap those out if you need to. Replace the almond flour with oat flour or gluten-free flour. Swap the almond butter with the nut butter of your choice, like peanut butter, or go with a seed butter like sun butter.

Finally, switch out the sliced almonds with the nuts or seeds of your choice like chopped peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Swap maple syrup with another natural sweetener like honey or agave. Make sure to stick with a vegan option to keep these bars vegan.

Raisins can be swapped with another dried fruit like cranberries, or go a different flavor route with some mini chocolate chips.

How to Make Healthy Granola Bars

chewy granola bar recipe in a baking dish lined with parchment paper, ready to be cut into squares.

This recipe makes eight bars and needs an 8×8-sized pan (like what you use for brownies). You also need a bit of parchment, an oven and a mixing bowl. Ready? Set. Bake!

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom of an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. You can grease the pan instead, but I find parchment works better.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. You can either mix them well with a spatula or use the beater attachment of a standing mixer to combine them.
  3. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Let the bars cool completely in the pan before removing them, as they will be crumbly if still warm.
  4. Cut into eight rectangles and wrap in parchment paper or enjoy immediately.

Storage Options

Once cooled, you can store this chewy granola bar recipe can be stored in the fridge or freezer. If storing in the fridge, place them in an airtight container with parchment between the bars to keep them from sticking together. They will last up to one week.

If you want to freeze them to have on hand for future snacking then store them in a silicone freezer bag for up to six months. I toss them into my hiking pack frozen then enjoy after they thaw to room temperature.

a pile of oatmeal raisin bars on a wooden counter top next to a blue tea towel.

FAQs

Is it worth it to make your own granola bars?

I think it’s worth it to make homemade granola bars since they are super easy to make and then I know exactly what’s in them. It’s not easy to find good snack options with ingredients I love, so I make my own to get the taste and texture I want with ingredients I can feel good about giving to my kids.

Are homemade granola bars healthier?

My chewy granola bars recipe uses all real, plant-based ingredients. I’m sure you could find some store-bought ones with even fewer ingredients, yet this is a pretty affordable option and easy for me to make.

What is the best binder for granola bars?

My granola bars use almond butter as the main binder. Stir them together well and make sure any mix-ins are chopped up so that they aren’t too large and cause the bars to crumble.

More Healthy Snack Options

I snack better when I am prepared, so here are a few of my go-to options. They are easy to prep ahead for the week or make as you go.

Don’t forget to rate + review this recipe once you’ve made it. I’d love to hear how you customized your oatmeal raisin bars!

5 from 26 votes

Homemade Granola Bars

When you need to go the extra mile, homemade granola bars are your BFF. I grew up on Nature’s Valley bars thanks to my dad, but I wanted to make my own version using my favorite plant-based ingredients.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 8 bars

Ingredients  

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon ground
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • tsp nutmeg ground

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan or line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, almonds, maple syrup, raisins, almond butter, chia seeds, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly golden on the edges. Let cool completely in the pan.
  • Cut into 8 rectangles. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Gluten-free if using gluten-free oats.
  • Swap maple syrup with honey or the natural sweetener of your choice.
  • Nut-free: Remove almonds, increase oats to 2 cups, and replace almond butter with sunflower butter).
  • They will keep for about 1 week if wrapped well and stored in a cool place.
  • Use the dried fruit of your choice, just chop it up to raisin size before adding. 
  • Swap sliced almonds with chopped cashews.

Nutrition

Calories: 343kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 79mg, Potassium: 351mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 2IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 134mg, Iron: 2mg
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  1. Are these a recipe you could freeze? How would you prepare them to freeze? I wasn’t sure if I would do the mixture and put it in a bag or cook the bars and put them in a freezer bag

    1. Hi Sheena! They will keep for about 1 week if wrapped well and stored in a cool place. I’ve never frozen them but you could try freezing them after they are made so once they thaw they are ready to eat. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Darn – I don’t know what I did wrong, but my didn’t hold together. Maybe I didn’t cook them long enough? They were brown on the edges, but once they cooled and I cut them up, they crumbled.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I was looking for an alternative to store bought, and this is the perfect recipe! Thank you!

  4. These were so so good! Even my fussy son liked them! So that’s a win 🙂 not over sweet like some others I have made . This is a keeper!

    1. Love that Tina! Winning over fussy eaters, one granola bar at a time. What a good mama!

  5. Hi for the granola recipe to double up on the protein, do I ad the 1/2 cup of almond butter and protein powder?
    Thanks Gigi

    1. Come back and let us know what you think after you make them!

  6. 5 stars
    So so good! I think I’ll try adding some homemade protein powder to the mix for extra protein. Has anyone tried that yet?

    1. I haven’t but others have and they said it’s a great addition for extra protein!

  7. 5 stars
    Such a great alternative to store-bought granola bars. Feeling like super-mom right now! 😉 Thank you for the delish recipe!

    1. I bet you could Suzanne— just make sure they’re air tight and prob cook them a little less so they hold their moisture (otherwise they might get crumbly and turn into granola…which wouldn’t be too bad)

    2. Hey Suzanne! I think you probably could as long as you wrap them well and ship in an airtight container. Let us know how it goes!

  8. Question: can cranberries or dried cherries be substituted or added to the raisins? Can Natural Peanut Butter be used?

    1. Yes you can totally add in some dried cherries or raisins! We usually like to stay away from peanut butter but if that is what you prefer then you could definitely add that to this recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    By far the best granola bars ever! This is a must try recipe! I don’t think I will ever eat store bought again. My husband loved them (he ate most of them). Very flavorful and not heavy. Will make weekly! The week soft and yummy! Any suggestions on making them harder?

    1. That is awesome, Sheila! I am so happy that you loved this recipe. It really puts the store bought granola bars to shame!

    1. 5 stars
      Hey Jaime,

      Thank you and so happy to hear that you love this recipe! 🙂