Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Easy homemade granola bars using healthy, all natural ingredients.  These are perfect for snacking or for a quick breakfast on the go.

Since our household consists of two working parents and two young kids we are constantly grabbing something to eat as we head out the door.  I try to make sure that the choices we have in our house are the healthiest possible, but reading some of those labels can be a scary proposition.  That’s where these easy homemade granola bars come in.

Store bought granola bars can seem like a good choice, but there are so many additives and preservatives needed to make those types of foods shelf-stable that it makes my head swim.  Then there’s the high amount of sodium and sugar to take into account.

You’ll love this super simple one bowl recipe.  Just a few stirs, spread them out in the pan, then into the oven and you’ve got a pan full of homemade granola bars.  I make batch after batch of these granola bars because they really are that easy.

This easy homemade granola bars recipe is the perfect way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.  Little hands love to measure and dump in the ingredients.  Getting kids into the kitchen is a great way to open them up to new foods and ingredients.  The more exposure to cooking the better in my opinion.  Now that my daughter is older she is doing a lot more in the kitchen.  She’s never more proud than when she cooks something we enjoy eating, like these bars.

My easy homemade granola bars are filled with nutritious ingredients so I never say no when the kids ask for a second one.  I just pat myself on the back and hand it over to them.  If you’d told me that I could get my children to beg for something made from oats, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, and flaxseed meal I would have never believed you.  But that’s exactly what happened. Each time we polish off a batch of these my husband asks if I’m planning to make some more.  Not to worry, I always do!

easy homemade granola bars
Easy Homemade Granola Bars
makes 12 bars
Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Yield: 12 bars

An simple homemade granola bar recipe full of nutritious ingredients. I've never met a kid who didn't love these bars! Try topping them with melted chocolate for a special treat.


  • 2 cups rolled oats (I use old fashioned oats)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal (such as Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cups honey**
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • optional - 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit or nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9x13 metal baking pan.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center and add the liquid ingredients.
  4. Mix well using your hands - this is great for kids who want to help. (I find that the mixture sticks to my hands less if I coat them with a little bit of cooking spray first.)
  5. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan still using your hands.
  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until the bars begin to brown at the edges and pull away from the pan slightly.
  7. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then using a sharp knife cut into 12 bars. Don't let it cool completely or you won't be able to cut them. (If you find that yours cooled a little too much, don't worry - you can just break them up into pieces instead.)
  8. For a special treat you can drizzle them with melted chocolate if desired.
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  1. Our Family Eats says

    Those look great! I've been thinking about adding coconut to these but I think my kids might resist – maybe I'll make a batch just for me. Thanks!

  2. Lisa says

    I have a dairy/egg allergic child so I made them substituting 1/4 applesauce for the egg and they had a nice slightly chewy texture and tasted great!

  3. Kristin N says

    Just made these with my four year old and they turned out great. We added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. :)

  4. says

    One of my friends introduced me to these and I’m SO glad she did! My family loves them so much. Thanks for sharing great recipes that are healthy, too. I also wanted to say hello as a neighbor in a nearby city and a fellow Alabama blogger!

  5. says

    Hi! I made these for the first time over the weekend and my entire family loves them!! Even my picky 4 year old gobbled them up. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

  6. says

    Oh hello, Bethy, lol! I’m the friend she mentions in her comment, and I’m just now getting around to tell you that my family is addicted to these granola bars! I’ve told everyone and their second cousin about this recipe and they’re a huge hit every time! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m a big fan of your blog!

  7. Jamie says

    Hi! Great article. Thanks so much for posting. I want to try cooking like this and was wondering how long would the granola bars stay good for? Can I freeze them? I’m sort of new to cooking. Thanks!!

    • says

      Hi Jamie – I always get a little extra excited when someone tells me they are trying to cook more meals at home. Yay for you! These granola bars are perfect for someone new to cooking, they will build confidence in your abilities in no time. I usually have these bars hanging around for 5 or 6 days in an airtight container, and yes, they are totally freezable. Just stick them in a freezer bag or other airtight container.

  8. Cassie says

    What do you think about using wheat bran instead of wheat germ? I am having a hard time finding wheat germ in my last two grocery store runs but have what bran already in the pantry…

    • says

      I say it’s a good bet! I’ve never tried it but my guess is the flavor and texture should be similar enough to give it a try. Let me know how it turns out!

    • says

      Hi Nikki, I don’t usually provide nutritional info, but there are lots of online calculators out there that are simple to use. Just Google Nutrition Calculator and you’ll find plenty to choose from.


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