Granola Bars

Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are the ultimate grab-and-go healthy snack. Unfortunately, many of the commercial bars are pricey and packed with not-so-healthy and potentially allergenic ingredients. I started making my own when I couldn’t find any ready-made ones that are soy-free. This recipe, adapted from this one, is quick, easy, and fully customizable (if you’ve been around J&S for a bit, you already know that’s my favorite kind of recipe :-)).

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Ingredients*: makes about 15 bars, depending upon how they’re cut


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup nuts, chopped (I use a mix of almonds, pecans, and walnuts.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 4 tablespoons smooth almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

*Ingredients can be substituted as long as the DRY to WET ingredient ratio remains the same. That’s very important.

  • For gluten intolerances: use gluten-free ingredients
  • For nut allergies: replace the nuts with seeds (sunflower, pumpkin) and/or dried fruit, and use sunbutter instead of almond butter

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  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Combine DRY ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside. Taller bowls work better for this recipe than wider ones, but either will do.
  • Add WET ingredients to a small saucepan, and cook over medium-high heat – stirring frequently – until combined and slightly bubbly (apr. 4 mins).

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  • Pour warm WET ingredients over DRY ingredients, and stir/fold until dry ingredients are uniformly coated.

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  • Spoon mixture into a glass casserole dish lined with parchment paper, and press (whack!) with the back of a large spoon until firm.

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  • Bake for about 18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and place on a cooling rack. The mixture will puff up slightly after cooking, so press granola flat. (You’ll see what I mean when you make it.)
  • Cool completely, and cut into bars.
  • Store bars in an airtight covered storage dish, or individually wrap in plastic wrap.

Use leftover nuts and seeds in this yummy oatmeal recipe 🙂








  1. Definitely will be making these. My children love granola bars and as I am trying to make the switch to organic I am just not with all of the extra stuff in the foods I am giving them. Definitely going to try these! I’ll let you know how they turn out!

    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      I hope your little ones love them! It’s nice to be able to know and decide exactly what goes into them. I think these bars would taste great with dried fruit in them, but my fam is not up to trying that, lol. Please let me know how your granola bars turn out!

  2. I will be trying this recipe out. Dried fruit and nuts are no-go’s with my camp but I can sneak the seeds in and add some chocolate chips.

    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      Chocolate chips sound like a really good addition! Let me know how your granola bars turn out 🙂

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