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Homemade Granola Bars

This recipe shows you how to make homemade granola bars that are the perfect mix between chewy + crunchy, and sweet + savory!

When you need to go the extra mile, these 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. Now this, my friend, is a “rawkstar” granola bar.

The combination of chia seeds, almonds, and and gluten-free rolled oats packs a protein punch to help you keep on going—whether it’s making it to the next hour at work or making it to the next vista on hike.

maple homemade granola bars

I’m a strong believer in combining healthy fats with protein, though, which is why I’ve included coconut oil in this recipe, too. The decadent and addictive flavor comes from the maple syrup and how it interacts with the sea salt and almond butter. It’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet!

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Homemade granola bars are simply better

The reason I love these homemade granola bars so much is because I get to choose the ingredients. It is TOUGH to walk through the aisles of grocery stores while on the hunt for a granola bar filled with protein and healthy fats… that still tastes good… and doesn’t included added sweeteners, corn syrup, and chemicals I’m not interested in consuming.

I get to choose what I put into my granola bars. Yes, it make take a bit of extra work, but it’s so worth it!

This recipe has simple ingredients that combine to make one of the best tasting granola bars I’ve ever had. Watch the video below on how to make them or keep scrolling down to use the recipe card!


Maple Granola Bars

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25-30
  • Total Time: 35-40
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack


When you need to go the extra mile, 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. Now this, my friend, is a rawkstar granola bar.



1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup almond butter

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil,

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Pinch of ground nutmeg


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease an 8 × 8-inch baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. 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.

3. Cut into 8 rectangles. They will keep for about 1 week if wrapped well and stored in a cool place.


GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE (remove almonds, increase oats to 2 cups, and replace almond butter with sunflower butter), VEGAN, DAIRY FREE

Keywords: homemade-granola-bars

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  1. Jaime

    October 19th, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    these are fabulous!! so soooo good!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 22nd, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Jaime,

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

  3. sheila

    August 26th, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    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?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    August 28th, 2019 at 4:31 pm

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

  5. Donna

    September 7th, 2019 at 9:38 am

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

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 9th, 2019 at 9:13 am

    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!

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