Granola Bars

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Granola Bars – A quick and easy homemade granola bar recipe that is so much better than store bought!

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My 6 year old takes cold lunch almost every day to school.  I am always on the look out for healthier snacks and treats I can put in his lunch.  The kid would live on crackers for snacks if I would let him.  He is hit or miss with the store bought granola bars, so I have been on a mission to make a healthy homemade granola bar that he will eat.  Well I have done it!  He has even asked that he have this for the dessert in his lunch!  If you follow me on Facebook you may remember me mentioning these the other day.  They are super addicting, I was having a hard time staying away from them!  Kind of defeats the purpose of a healthier snack if you eat twice as much 🙂

granola bars on a table

Tropical Traditions sent me a giant jar of coconut oil to try out.  That stuff is amazing!  I have used coconut oil in the past, and the smell is just wonderful.  You get a hint of coconut in what you are making, which is perfect this time of year when everyone is longing for warmer weather.  I decided to make homemade granola bars with the coconut oil, instead of butter.  Best.  Decision.  Ever.  (OK, maybe not EVER, but you get the idea)  Seriously, pick up a jar today and make these!

I have made quite a few homemade granola bars over the past few years; some healthier than others. But these have become by far my favorite recipe.  Check out the video I made just to show you who easy they are! I have cut back on the chocolate over the years, and they are just as good!  So mix it up a little and try these homemade granola bars for you or your kids soon!


4.72 from 7 votes

Granola Bars

By Erin
Quick an easy granola bars you can make at home. Way better than the store bought kind.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • In a small sauce pan heat oil, peanut butter, and honey over a medium heat.
  • Once melted and fully combined mix in the oats and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted.
  • Spread into a lined 8x8 pan.
  • Put in fridge until completely set.
  • Cut into squares. Store in fridge.


Adapted from Marathon Mom


Serving: 1g | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 53mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Snack Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 207
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  1. I’ve made granola bars before, but they never looked as good as yours and my kids wouldn’t touch them. It’s always a winner in my book if my kids ask for something I’ve made 🙂

  2. i am ALWAYS on the hunt for new granola bar recipes! i posted a couple peanut butter banana ones on my blog. I’ve never made them with coconut oil/chocolate though. YUM!

  3. Hi There!
    I just found this recipe after signing up for Hellocotton!!! I cant wait to try it later on today to make for my boyfriend to take to work! Please look for the recipe posting soon, and I will of course link it back to you!
    Please check at
    Thanks! Megan (1/2 of Girls En Ville)

  4. My son is allergic to peanut butter, do you think i could substitute the peanut butter for something else? Thanks for your help.

  5. Just made them! Soooooooooooo good and easy! I didn’t add the extra chocolate and are still very sweet so might even cut back on the honey next time! I a
    So used almond butter.. I might add some chia seeds too!