homemade granola bars with chocolate chips on top

Homemade Granola Bars (only 4 ingredients!)

Course: Snack
Cuisine: gluten-free
Keyword: homemade granola bars, peanut butter granola bars
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore

This homemade granola bar recipe calls for just 4 main ingredients, and then you can customize it withy any toppings you like!

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Ingredients

Optional toppings:

  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (use a brand like Enjoy Life for dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, pecans, or walnuts , for crunch

Instructions

  1. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the honey to a boil. Set a timer, and allow the honey to continue boiling for 1 minute. In the meantime, place the oats in a large bowl and set aside. Remove from the pan of honey from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and salt.
  3. Immediately pour the warm mixture over the oats, and use a spatula to stir well, coating the oats evenly. As the mixture cools, it will become sticky and difficult to mix, so be sure to move quickly!
  4. Transfer the mixture to the lined loaf pan, and press HARD to pack it into the pan. Pressing firmly will ensure that the bars stick together well later. Sprinkle any optional toppings over the top, if desired. (The chocolate chips will melt, so I use a piece of parchment paper over the top to help press them into place without making a mess.) Place the pan in the fridge or freezer to cool for 1 hour, then use a large knife to cut 10 evenly-sized bars.

  5. These granola bars can be kept at room temperature for 3-5 days, or in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 month. You can also freeze them for up to 6 months if you'd like to make a larger batch. They can thaw overnight in the fridge, or in your purse if you'll need to be out and about.