How to make your own homemade granola bars, with step by step instructions! This easy, economical recipe uses common pantry ingredients.

Making a pan of homemade granola bars is a simple task! It’s even a great way to get your child involved in baking. It is as simple as mixing the ingredients together, pressing the dough into the pan, and baking for a short time. While this recipe is easy, it is also a great way to ensure that your homemade granola bars only contain quality ingredients. Not to mention it is much more economical than the store bought, prepackaged ones. If you don’t think the granola bars will be eaten before they get stale, it is important to note that these bars freeze well! I like to wrap them individually, then place them into a zippered bag in the freezer to keep them fresh. Are you ready to make and eat your homemade granola bars?! Let’s get started!

Homemade Granola Bars Ingredients


  • 1/4 cup flour (I generally use all-purpose; I have used whole wheat and rice flour successfully too.)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, soft
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice
  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup of add-ins of choice (chocolate chips, dry fruit, nuts, etc)

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe:

Homemade Granola Bars Step 1

1: In a large mixing bowl, add butter, nut butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix well.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 2

2: Next, add the baking soda and flour. Mix well.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 3

3: Stir in the rolled oats until well combined.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 4

4: Choose add-ins and combine into the oat mixture. Stir until evenly combined.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 5

5: Butter a 9X13 glass baking dish.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 6

6: Pour granola mixture into buttered dish and press down firmly.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 7

7: Bake at 325 degrees just until the edges begin to brown. Approximately 20 minutes.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 8

8: Remove from oven and allow to cool on a baking rack.

Homemade Granola Bars Step 9

9: Once completely cool, cut into granola bar size bars. (Do not cut until completely cool.)

Homemade Granola Bars Step 10

10: Store covered for 5 days on counter or in refrigerator. Store in freezer for longer amounts.

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