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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. Dunmola

    August 23rd, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I love crunch granola bars. Yummm…..

    I will be trying this recipe

  2. Jennifer Hansard

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Me too Dunmola! Glad you’re gonna make it— I know you’ll love it!

  3. Dani

    August 23rd, 2018 at 10:30 am

    This sound AMAZING Jen! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe— your video is super helpful too. My go-to granola bar is Rise, which has a delicious lemon cashew flavor that I can’t put down. It’s sometimes hard to find, yet Whole Foods usually has it and they are popping up more and more!

  4. Karen

    August 23rd, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Simple delish and nutrish! I LOVE it

  5. Jennifer Hansard

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    You got it right Karen! xoxoxoxo

  6. Brooke

    August 23rd, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Chewy all the way for me!!! Love that you don’t need a food processor for this one!

  7. Jennifer Hansard

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Blender all the way Brooke! I rarely use my food processor— just for pesto really. I tried to blend pesto once and it was too powerful and made it a green slime. Bleh!

  8. Veronica

    August 23rd, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I like it give good a recipe
    I will be trying this recipe today thanks you

  9. Jen Hansard

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    You’re welcome Veronica. Glad to share some new fun recipes…. these bars are addicting… in all the right ways.

  10. Traci Ziebarth

    August 23rd, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Yummy!!!! I will be making these this weekend. I prefer crunchy!!

  11. Jen Hansard

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Yum! Yum! Enjoy these Traci and feel free to cook extra long if you want them even more crunchy!

  12. Louise Nagahori

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I would have loved to make this recipe however my child is allergic to almonds and all tree nuts. However since she is not allergic to peanuts, which is a legume, I can use peanut butter. do you know if the consistency can work with another nut free flour?

  13. Louise Nagahori

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I found the nut free answer by reading to the bottom at your notes thanks! I had only read the yummy ingredients when I commented

  14. Jen Hansard

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    You can def swap out the almonds for sunflower seeds and the almond butter for sunflower butter (or peanut butter if you prefer). I would swap the almond flour with oat flour (just grind down some oats into a fine powder) and it should work!

  15. denise broniak

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I would prefer the crunchy bars! p.s. your oven looks pretty clean for all the baking you do. lol

  16. Jen

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    The crunchy edge pieces are always my go-to as well. 🙂 I try to keep my oven clean, yet some days it gets a little crazy.

  17. Christie

    August 23rd, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    These look good, adaptable and easy to make, more importantly.

    And crunchy for me! There’s something satisfying about the crunch.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 23rd, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    The crunch is the best part! Feel free to leave them in the oven for a little longer for an even bigger CRUNCH!!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 24th, 2018 at 10:33 am

    They totally are! That crunch is everything =P

  20. Loraine

    August 23rd, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    These sound delicious! Is there a substitute for the maple syrup? Can I use liquid stevia?

  21. Lisa ross

    August 23rd, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I dont see where you can comment on the video so maybe it is here on the blag. Recipe looks great cant wit to try it

  22. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 23rd, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Hey Lisa,

    Thanks for leaving a comment! You will have to let us know what you think when you give these a try. I have a feeling you will love them!! On our Youtube page if you scroll down to the bottom of the video you should be able to leave a comment there 🙂

  23. MARLA

    August 24th, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Looks delicious. I would love to see nutrition facts for all the recipes though.

  24. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 27th, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for your feedback Marla!

    At this time we do not offer nutritional facts but that is something we may start adding in the future. 🙂

  25. Beth

    August 25th, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Do you think these would freeze well? Wrapped in parchment maybe? (I’m guessing yes)

  26. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 27th, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Hey Beth!

    I think the bars would hold up nicely if you wrapped them in the parchment paper to freeze. Sounds like you are about to make a big batch! I am getting hungry just thinking about it 🙂

  27. Sandy

    August 27th, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve made them twice already … they are that good!

  28. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 28th, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Yay Sandy!!

    I am so crazy excited that you are loving this recipe! Sounds like you will be crunching or chewing on these for a while =P

  29. Sandy

    August 27th, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This recipe is a must try. I must admit that I have tried many of your green smoothies and salad recipes with great success. This has got to be a winner, too.

  30. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 28th, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Ding ding ding!!! SO happy this recipe is a winner for you!!!

  31. Megan

    August 28th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Just need some clarification: in your instructions to make these nut-free, you didn’t give any substitutions for the almond flour. Have you tried any other kinds of flours? Or do you just leave out the almond flour and go short 1/2 cup of ingredients?

  32. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 28th, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Megan,

    I would not leave out the flour while making this recipe. The other flour that would be a good recommendation for this recipe is oat flour. It will have the same consistency as almond flour so you shouldn’t notice any difference while cooking with it.


    September 4th, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Made these and they taste wonderful however they fell apart. Any suggestions on what I might have done wrong?

  34. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 6th, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Hey Donna,

    I am sorry they fell apart! I would try pressing them a little firmer into the pan before you cook them.

    Hope that helps!!

  35. Kim

    September 11th, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. The whole family loves them. Great school snacks!!

  36. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 14th, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Oh yum!! I love dried cranberries so that sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing that with us.

  37. Colleen C

    September 12th, 2018 at 8:35 am

    I made these as soon as I saw this blog post, and I’ve made them several times since. They are so convenient and delicious. One thing I do to make these successfully is melt the almond butter with the coconut oil to make sure it is easier to mix. Otherwise, the ingredients don’t stick together as well.

  38. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 14th, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Yay! I am so happy to hear that you love these granola bars so much!

    Thank you for sharing that tip with us 🙂

  39. Amber McDonald

    September 12th, 2018 at 8:43 am

    I made these and they were amazing!! The ingredients were super simple and gluten free! With a recent gluten intolerant diagnosis, these bars fill the void of all the things I was missing. If you haven’t tried these yet. They are sooo worth it!

  40. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 14th, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Hey Amber!

    I am so happy to hear how much you love these granola bars. They really are so delicious!!!

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