Homemade Granola Bars

Best homemade granola barsMaybe granola bars should have their own food group. Sure, they fit in the grains and nuts. But what if you add dried fruit. And what if you add chocolate. Yeah, I know, confusing right? And I’ll be honest with you, these granola bars really on the line between healthy snack and dessert food. But not so on the line that I didn’t eat one for breakfast this morning. 🙂Easy homemade granolaGranola bars, makes 10 (or more/less depending how you cut them)

2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I used sweetened but unsweetened is good too)
1/4 cup pistachios
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey or light corn syrup (I used honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 oz. dark chocolate

Combine the oats, almonds, coconut, pistachio , chia seeds and olive oil. Stir so that everything gets coated in the oil. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, just until toasty. Homemade granola bar recipeIn a pot over medium heat stir together the butter, sugar, honey and vanilla extract until the butter melts. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat. In a bowl combine the granola and butter mixture so that all the granola gets coated. Line an 8×8 square pan with parchment paper. Press the granola mix into the pan. Bake at 300°F for 25-28 minutes.Homemade granola bars!Remove the granola from the pan and cut into bars. The granola bars will be soft so be careful removing them from the pan. Granola bars with chocolate bottomsMelt the chocolate in the microwave or on the stove top. Add a thin layer of chocolate to the tops of the bars and use your spoon to spread the mixture out over the bars. Now lay a piece of wax paper over the bars and lightly press it into the chocolate. Invert a cooling rack and place it on top, then flip the bars onto the cooling rack so that the chocolate is now on the bottom.Adding chocolate to granola barsDrizzle just a little more chocolate over the tops. Allow the chocolate to set (to speed up the process you can pop these in the refrigerator for a bit) then slice through the cuts again. Yum!Crunchy granola barsStore these in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. If your house is a little on the warm side this season (like mine is) you can also store these in the refrigerator so the chocolate doesn’t melt. Happy snacking! xo. Emma

  • These look so delicious! I hate eating granola bars with ton of overly processed sugars, so this is definitely on my list of MUST try recipes

  • Miriam-Mine didn’t fall apart. If anything I thought they might be a little too stuck together. 🙂 I refrigerate mine in a sealed bag since we don’t go through them too quickly at my house. So that might have something to do with it. But if you’re already refrigerating them then I’m not sure…. Glad your son is enjoying them. 🙂

  • QUESTION : How do you prevent them from falling apart when biting into them ? How can I get them to be little stickier?
    They are super delicious and my son thinks I should start selling these (they’d never make it out of our kitchen).

  • I made some, but changed up a few things. DELISH! Thanks for this recipe!

  • My family and I loves these!! I had to double the recipe so they would last more than a day.

  • I tried these and totally loved them. I shared them on my blog as my best recipe find of the week. Thanks for sharing such an amazing recipe.

  • I followed this recipe exactly except I doubled it. Absolute perfection. Everyone make these now!!! They will impress your friends and completely satisfy your snack craving. Emma, this is honestly the best granola bar recipe I’ve tried. I’ve made several of your other posted recipes and haven’t once been disappointed. It’s nice knowing that I can go to your recipe section and be guaranteed a great final product.

  • How lovely!


  • Yum. I love granola bars, so this seems like the perfect snack to try at home. xx


  • These look delicious! I tried making homemade granola bars and failed- i’ll have to try your recipe!

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  • I LOVE granola bars, especially chocolate ones but I always feel guilty eating them. I can’t wait to make these!

  • These look delicious. If you subbed the pistachios for pecans or walnuts, and replaced the honey with maple syrup, this would be a really good ‘low fodmap’ snack for people with sensitive tummies and IBS. Sam @ Thrift-pop.com

  • Yum these look delicious! I’m almost tempted to get the ingredients together and make some now… maybe tomorrow 🙂

    Actually there’s this great food/lifestyle blog I follow called Undressed Skeleton, http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/ , I think she covered a few similar recipies with granola bars but with healthy alternatives. So that would make them even more guilt-free!

  • WOW… I’m totally craving those right now…

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  • Mmmmmmm!!!! That’s all I have to say about that!


  • When I saw this, I thought of that commercial where the wife is taking the pre-packaged granola bars out and putting them on a baking tray and gets caught by her husband. “So, these are Sandra’s homemade yummy, scrumptious bar…” Haha!

    Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing…those look amazing and definitely making these this week!


  • Yum, these sound amazing! The perfect brekky option for on the way to work! I have most of the ingredients at home, so I think these will be on the list to make once I get the last few ingredients at the shops this evening!

  • Is the chocolate crunchy below? Because everytime I try to do something like this, the chocolate feels like… melted all the time.
    And I don’t know whad I did wrong 😀

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  • Oh yummy! These look like they need a cup of coffee or two to go with them. Scrumptious!

  • Wow they look amazing!!!

    Might have to go make me some of those today!


  • these look amazingly wonderful emma! love the chocolate slather/swirl!

  • Yum! These look so delicious & healthy too!

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  • Ooh Emma these sound lovely! 🙂 Will be giving them a try!
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  • Making these tonight to take with me to college! Thanks Emma x


  • These look delicious! I will be making some of these next week.



  • These look delicous! I love granola bars, I’m definitley going to have to try this but maybe mix up the ingredients a little to suit my cupboards!!


  • They have chia seeds in them. That automatically classifies them as health food, right? Regardless, they look really good and I plan on making some!

  • totally trying this out!

    – Janine

  • Oh my God that looks AMAZING! I love that you experimented with chocolate and produced something not so ordinary. Love it!


  • those look so delicious ! i love all your recipes.. can’t wait to try this one out 🙂


  • YUM. i will definitely be making these this week – thanks for the delicious recipe! i think i’ll try to just add chocolate chips – not as pretty, but definitely easy.

  • I’ve never tried making granola bars before but this might be something I should try out.
    I absolutely love granola bars because they’re just so handy to toss in my bag to snack on throughout the day.

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  • These look so good!! Granola bars are my fave snack or light breakfast food! Yum!

    Lulu xx


  • Yum Yum, I totally need to make these.


  • They look fabulous! I love granola bars (especially with chocolate!)
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  • That looks amazing! I have to try this 🙂 Thanks! Also, happy weekend!

  • I would love to try this! My two sons (3 yrs. an 1yr.) love granola bars.


  • Yum! I have been trying to find the perfect granola recipe! Soooo doing this!

    Juliette Laura

  • Yummy! Such a delicious sweet-treat 🙂


  • Never thought to coat them with chocolate before, great idea!

  • Ooh, this is such a good idea! What a great way to clean out the cupboards too!

  • Hello there! One of my siblings is very allergic to nuts and I was wondering if you guys had a great recipe alternative to this one. I feel like omitting the nuts in this recipe would simply make the bars “empty” in a way…Any thoughts?

    I adore your blog by the way. Everything is so esthetically pleasing, I love it! 🙂

  • Oh, I like such Granola bars really and I made in the past very similar ones. But looks like that I have forgotten it – of this cause many thanks for remembering www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

  • Well, these look delicious!! I love your recipes, Emma… I made your hobo packets on a recent Montana camping trip and they were awesome! I blogged about it too:)


  • I love granola bars but I haven’t tried making them all on my own! These look so good! I wanna try them.


  • These look awesome! I have to eat gluten free do this would be a great recipe to try using gf oats!


  • Ah these look so good! Will definitely be giving them a try!


  • Sounds yummy, I agree though not sure these are healthy lol


  • Yum. I love granola. (Anything chocolate is great too!) Can’t wait to try this recipe.


  • Unnnf, Emma these look AMAZING!!!


  • These look delicious and would not even last a week in my house.


  • Oh I needed this so much! I will definitely do it tonight! xx


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