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Here’s a slight confession: I really enjoy granola bars. They are packed full of sugar but you can eat them and still tell yourself it was better for you than eating a chocolate bar (even if, in reality, it wasn’t actually better for you.) Anyways. I was always the kind of girl growing up who had a Nature Valley granola bar crushed into a thousand pieces in the bottom of her bag. “Just in case”

Side note: did anyone ever eat the Nature Valley bars that were coated in yogurt? Those were truly delicious.

So I decided to make my own homemade granola bars, having decided that it really couldn’t be that difficult. And you know what? It wasn’t. Because you can make a massive batch all at once and they keep really well, it can actually save you money if you opt for making your own granola bar. Unless you insist on only using gold-dusted nuts or something. 

Homemade Granola Bars
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 0
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrates 0g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 cups of oats
  2. 2 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  3. 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup of honey
  5. 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  6. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  7. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  8. 1 cup of almonds
  9. 1 cup of seeds and dried fruit (I used a random assortment of seeds plus dried cranberry and dried apricot)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F). Spread your oats across a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes in the oven. Stir them occasionally to check that none of them are burning. In the meantime, line a dish with baking parchment.
  2. Once your oats are out of the oven, add them into a large bowl alongside your almonds and seeds.
  3. In a pan over low heat, stir together your coconut oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and honey. Once it's come together, pour it over your oat-nut mixture and stir it until thoroughly combined and all the ingredients are sticky.
  4. Then pour your mixture into your lined dish and flatten and even it down. Bake it in the oven for around 20 minutes and then leave it to set and cool over night. The next day, slice it into bars and enjoy!
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Have you ever made your own granola bars before? 

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  • Haha, I still always have a crushed granola bar at the bottom of my bag! I never liked most brands when I was younger because I always hated whatever mystery sticky sweet binding agent they used. Honey & maple syrup seem like a great idea to me! I always tell myself I’m going to make granola bars more often but end up buying them usually… womp.

    • Now that I’ve made them once, I think I’ll make them more often as a treat because they were extra delicious – but it’s just easy to buy them for a day-to-day basis! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Bookmarking these for a later date as I am always on the hunt for a good granola bar recipe! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

  • My best friend/college roommate is the sort of perfect house guest who always brings a delicious treat for you to keep. She visited me at my dad’s house one weekend and brought us homemade granola bars. My dad and I polished them off within about 2 days. They were soooo good! She sent me the recipe, but I haven’t gotten around to making them myself. I really should, though.

    • You totally should! If they were that tasty the first time around, it’s definitely worth having a go at yourself! x

  • ninegrandstudent

    This recipe sounds great – I do love a good granola bar!

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  • I love experimenting with different homemade snack bars, there is so many options! And I was right there with you, I always had a smashed up nature valley bar in my bag growing up πŸ˜‰

    • Did you have a favourite Nature Valley flavour? or just the classic crunchy oats and honey variety? x

  • These look super scrummy! At least with granola bars, you’re eating grains and nuts and seeds which have lots of fibre and healthy fats (or am I making that up?) aaand if they’re homemade you can at least control the amount of sugar :p xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

  • These look delicious and I love everything in them so will definitely have to give them a go πŸ™‚ I really love granola bars, and I feel like you can tell yourself homemade ones are always better for you than shop bought ones! Haha x

  • Oh these look wonderful. The Brit tried once and they definitely didn’t look this good haha. I think I should try to make them, perfect for a snack at work during the week and also love that it can be totally fixed according to what i like/don’t like haha

    • Hahaha oh no! Did husband have a setting problem? I did find I had to use quite a lot of honey etc to get them to set so that I could cut it into bars! X