20 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes

20 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes

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At one point in my journey on healthy eating, I thought that granola bars from the store were “health food.” Yeah. Talk about a big ole smack in the face when I learned a lot of them are chocked full of both High Fructose Corn Syrup and Corn Syrup. For real? Do we need two sides of corn with our oats? Sheesh.

Sometimes when I’m in the grocery store, I end up getting mad before I get out. I get mad because I realize what the food industry has done to “healthy” food. Why do they add needless crap to it? Makes me wanna kick a buggy (“cart” for you non-southerners). I’m sure the stock boy has looked at my face a few times and thought I was a woman possessed. Poor guy. I probably scared him to bits. “Oh no – here comes that crazy woman again.”

So, I started making my granola bars at home. It’s super easy and doesn’t require any corn syrup. However, after looking around online I’ve realized that a lot of recipes say “healthy” or give you the idea that the granola bar is healthy, but it’s really not. If you make it at home, you really don’t need to add corn syrup – even if the recipe calls for it.

Well – because I love y’all, here is a list of 20 granola bar recipes from around the web (two are mine). They are “healthy.” Nothing with corn syrup, agave nectar, or white sugar in it. You might find a chocolate chip here and there though – because life without chocolate would be sad. :-)

FYI, I use Enjoy Life chips from Vitacost.

20 Healthy Granola Recipes

1. Cinnamon Granola Bars from ME :-)

2. Chewy Granola Bars from Heavenly Homemakers

3. Allergen Free “Clifford” Bars from Authentic Simplicity

4. Healthy Granola Bars from Kitchen Stewardship (NOTE: You can get $3 of Katie’s Healthy Snacks To Go with code SNACKSCENTS. I am an affiliate with HSTG because it kicks butt.)

5. Gluten-Free Granola Bars from Modern Alternative Mama

6. Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Granola Bars from Spain in Iowa (I’d leave the brown sugar out)

7. Granola Bars with Almonds and Dates from Granola Mom 4 God

8. Energy Bars from Redeeming the Table

9. Granola Energy Balls from The Marathon Mom

10. Dairy Free/Gluten Free Granola Bars from Once a Month Mom

20 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes

11. No-Bake Energy Bites from Gimme Some Oven (could make into bars)

12. Healthy Granola Bars from Red and Honey

13. Back to School Granola Bars from Windsor

14. Real Healthy Granola Bars from Real Healthy Recipes

15. Pumpkin Seed Chewy Granola Bars from Keeper of the Home

16. Banana Bread Granola Bars from Erica’s Sweet Tooth (I would leave out the brown sugar)

17. Breakfast Bars from Elana’s Pantry (we LOVE these!)

18. Lemon Cranberry Honey Granola Bars from Food 52

19. Apricot Pecan Granola Bars from Sally’s Baking Addition

20. Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars from ME :-)

What’s your favorite granola bar recipe?

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • http://impossibleway.livejournal.com Brandy

    Sawdust. Don’t forget that the store ones also come with a good dose of sawdust. ;)

    • Stacy

      Shoot – I forgot that ingredient.

  • Trina

    Have you tried all of these granola bar recipes? Just curious because I have tried a few from around the web that we less than desirable, actually downright aweful! Have a blessed day!

    • Stacy

      Trina, I’ve tried my two and also the ones from Kitchen Stewardship, Heavenly Homemakers, Elana’s Pantry, and Cheapskate Cook. Hope that helps! :-)

  • http://savebiglivebetter.com Save Big, Live Better!

    Thanks so much for the FANTASTIC roundup! These are all on my “kitchen to-do” list now! :)
    Will definitely be sharing with my readers this morning, they’ll love you for it! LOL:)

    • Stacy

      I’m glad! :-) I love it when people love me. LOL

  • http://Heathfamily7.wordpress.com Tara H

    This is perfect timing for me! We’re leaving today to go to Jekyll Island (well, near there anyway). It was kind of a last minute decision and I need something for the boys to snack on. I’m going to go mix up some of your cinnamon granola bars. I’ve made a couple from this list before but I needed one that didn’t have to chill. Thanks! :)

    • Stacy

      Have fun! Some of my friends have been there and loved it!

      • http://Heathfamily7.wordpress.com Tara H

        The cinnamon granola bars are great, Stacy! I ate way too many while we drove. :)

        • Stacy

          Yes – it’s hard to eat them in moderation…so, I usually don’t. LOL

  • http://thecheapskatecook@gmail.com Steph (The Cheapskate Cook)

    What a great collection! Totally pinning. Thanks!
    Smiled when I saw my recipe up there. I appreciate it!

    • Stacy

      :-) I like sharing your recipes – they’re delish!

  • John Chiasson

    Love these recipes, but even more than that, I love your new layout! This is the first time I was able to read your post without messing with “zoom” and panning back and forth. It instantly recognized that I was on a mobile (BlackBerry Curve) and gave me a nice, easy to read mobile version. Good work!

    • Stacy

      ROCK ON! That’s what I like to hear!

  • http://www.mysweetskull.com Razz

    I’m still shocked at agave being a no-no! Trying some recipes later today. Thanks for the much needed, helpful info!

    • Stacy

      You’re welcome. :-) Yes – it’s a shocker to most people because of how it’s been marketed.

  • Cortney

    Thanks Stacy! My sister and I decided to start doing once a week cook days where we make healthy snacks, try our hand at canning and even put together some freezer meals AND the FIRST thing we both wanted to do was find some healthy granola bar recipes. You made that so easy! We’re both moving towards whole foods cooking and excited to try your recipes!

    • Stacy

      That’s great, Cortney! I hope you find some recipes here that help you on the journey! Holler if you ever have questions. :-)

  • http://wholenewmom.com Adrienne

    I was just working on a grain free granola bar the other day. They flopped ’cause I was trying to make them SF as well, but I am back to the drawing board :).

    • Stacy

      Lots of flops here too.

  • Kandi

    I personally love homemade “Lara Bars.” There aren’t many ingredients – pretty much dates and whatever you want to add for flavoring. I’ve made chocolate-covered cherry, peanut butter, cashew cookie, and a few other flavors that now escape my ever-shortening memory span. :)

    • Stacy

      Yes, they are very easy to make! :-) I was trying to include mostly oat recipes though – I think I only had one on there that wasn’t oat…the Breakfast Bars from Alana’s Pantry. But yes, you can make SO many flavors!

  • Carmen Woitas

    Thanks for all of the links to recipes! – can’t wait to try them and feed to the kids…ehen husband and son. ;)

    • Stacy

      And YOU. Don’t forget you! :-)

  • Ashlee

    Thanks for the link about agave nectar! I was equating it with honey until today!! I’ll be more careful in how I use it from now on :)

    • Stacy

      I know – it’s because of how they market the product. Makes you wonder about other stuff too, huh?

  • http://www.cubbycrafts.blogspot.com Jennifer Dunn

    Thanks for the great recipes! I’ve just started making my own and I’m going to be trying out a few of these recipes! I stopped buying store bought ones the moment I started to read the labels. LOL I love to know what it is I’m feeding my family!

    • Stacy

      I know…reading labels just changes your life.

  • http://www.spain-in-iowa.com Diana@Spain in Iowa

    Stacy, thanks for sharing my recipe! Oh my goodness, love ya!! By the way, love the new look!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Diana! I look forward to your change-over too. :-) Even though I currently love the site you’re in.

  • Monette B

    Ooh man!! I can’t wait to try some of these! My husband is cuhrazy over pumpkin anything, always, year round. it will definitely be the first to come :)

    • Stacy

      We eat pumpkin all year around too – so I’m always stocking up in the fall! :-)

  • A. States

    I see a mother/daughter baking time in the near future. My 15 year old daughter absolutely loves anything pumpkin and I’ve been wanting to start making our own granola bars. So, the pumpkin spice bars will certainly be the first we try. It will also give her some extra kitchen learning time.
    Thanks for the recipes!

    • Stacy

      I LOVE cooking with my mom! :-) Have fun!!

  • http://www.themarathonmom.com Brandy

    Great list! Thanks for including me! :) LOVE your new site. Very nice, Stacy! :)

    • Stacy

      Barry did a good job. :-) Thanks, Brandy!

  • http://www.yourthrivingfamily.com Sara Shay


    BTW, this is the first time since the makeover I’ve seen it on my computer (been on my phone). Looks really nice!!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Sara! :-) I hope you enjoy the list.

  • Kim

    Hi Stacy,
    Thanks for doing all of the leg work for us, just readers!! If I wanted to add some protein powder to my g. bars do you have a clue as to how much? I also typically use egg white powder instead of whey, agrees with tummy better; do you think that will make a difference? I know you R the “Proverbs 31″ women and not a scientist, just thought the question had maybe been asked before or one simalar that you could repeat the answer back.
    Again, thanks for ALL of the hard work, time and energy you and Barry spend in making this a delightful, warm and inspirational emails and website!!

    • Stacy

      I would think a scoop or two in any of the recipes would work just fine. Might make it a tad bit dryer, so you’d have to add more liquid…or maybe not. :-) Upping the protein is always good!

  • Madeline

    These are fantastic! Can’t wait to try some of them. Also, I love the new look. Just used the Recipe Index and I really like the way you organized it this time, very easy to find the inspiration I was looking for!

    • Stacy

      Thanks! It was my hope it would be easier to navigate. :-)

  • http://www.granolamom4god.com Jodi

    Thanks, Stacy!!! Here is another one of my protein bars — http://www.granolamom4god.com/2010/03/homemade-protein-bar.html (though I haven’t made this one in a long time). We like 3 Balls (because they always get three of them) http://www.granolamom4god.com/2013/01/caveman-cookie-a-fruit-and-nut-bar.html

    But thank you so much for linking to me. :) Bless you sweet online friend!

    • Stacy

      Thanks for adding those, Jodi!

  • http://yourdream-liveit.com Isabelle Goyer

    Thank You very much for those great recipes!

    • Stacy

      You are most welcome!

  • Trish

    Stacy, I’ve been following you for a few years now. Well, not as much now that I’m chasing a 20 month old tornado. But I just wanted to say how excited I was when your page turned up first as I was doing a search for healthy granola bar recipes on Google. Way to go. :)

    • Stacy

      Hooray! :-) That makes me smile! I had no idea. :-) :-)

  • Heather

    I am really enjoying all of your posts!

    • Stacy

      Thanks! I’m enjoying writing them. :-)

  • Stacy

    It’s so easy!!! You’ll never look back. :-)

  • Corinne Crabtree

    Thanks for the blog. I linked to it in my healthy snacks for kids and mom blog! http://www.phit-n-phat.com/?p=2116

    • Stacy

      Thank you!