Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Why, oh why, have I waited so long to make my own granola bars?

For some reason, I thought granola bars might be expensive to make or take a long time. Nope and nope.

When I buy granola bars at the grocery store, I try to ignore the fact that the good, organic granola bars are about one dollar each bar. Insanity. With four kids needing an after school snack, that adds up pretty quickly. Never mind the fact that one box of those bad boys is enough for exactly one round of after school snacking… These homemade chocolate chip granola bars are a game changer. Move this to the top of your make-this-at-home list.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I searched all over the internet to see how people were making their homemade granola bars – there are a million different recipes out there, my friends. I knew I wanted to use as little flour as possible, honey as a sweetener, and coconut oil instead of other oils like canola.

In the end, we went with a lot of oats, a little flour (gluten-free), a little brown sugar … a few mix-ins like unsweetened coconut, dried fruit, nuts, and dark chocolate chips … and then we bound it all together with honey and coconut oil. I didn’t need to buy a thing. Better yet, it took me less than ten minutes to mix the ingredients together, spread it in a pan, and pop it in the oven. My kids immediately started requesting variations… peanut butter? no nuts? more nuts? no chocolate? (Are you sure we’re related? No chocolate?!)

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade Granola Bars – Ready To Mix

These granola bars were ready in just about half an hour. They needed to cool for a bit but I had to leave anyway to pick up the twins from school so by the time I got back about an hour later, the bars were ready to be cut and absolutely perfect. PERFECT!

Advice … don’t cut them before 45 minutes or they will be too soft. Don’t wait longer than one hour or they will crumble. Store in an air-tight container – I like to layer a small piece of parchment paper between the layers. They should last about a week – or less depending on the number of little people who will be snagging these. I will try to post our awesome peanut butter granola bar next week … still tweaking that recipe! Who else makes their own granola bars? Am I really the last person to get on this bandwagon?

Granola Bars Ready To Be Cooked
Low and Slow … Cook at 325 for 25 minutes

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars might be one of the easiest after school snacks you could possibly make...
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 bars
Author Erin Brighton


  • 4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flake coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup dried fruit (pineapple or raisins - optional)
  • Salt , pinch
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey


  1. Line a cookie pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, flour, coconut, pineapple, brown sugar, salt, and the chocolate chips.
  3. In a small saucepan or in the microwave, combine coconut oil and honey. Heat. Stir to melt the coconut oil. Add the vanilla.
  4. Remove from heat. Cool! If you pour warm coconut oil and honey over chocolate chips, your chips will melt and you will make chocolatey granola bars...
  5. Pour over dry ingredients. Stir to mix very well so all the dry ingredients are evenly coated with the honey and coconut oil.
  6. Spread in parchment lined cookie tray.
  7. Cook at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.
  8. Cool for about 45 minutes to an hour. Turn onto a cutting board and cut into bar shapes.
  9. Store in an airtight container.


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

14 thoughts on “Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It was hard to not snack on the pineapple and coconut all by themselves while making these. 😉 SO good!

  1. Dinner at the Zoo

    My kids love granola bars but I don’t always love the ingredient list in the store bought kind. I am definitely going to try this recipe!

    1. It was eye-opening how few ingredients you really need to make these. A lot of the store bought ones have so much JUNK in them! Hope you try these. Easy, I promise!

  2. motherwouldknow

    What a great template recipe. Do your children really nix the chocolate? If so, you really need to take them to the doctor, there is something seriously wrong. (Just kidding, but like you, my reaction to a request to leave out chocolate would be “you’re not serious, are you?”) I have all the ingredients – think I”ll make these instead of granola this week.

    1. Thanks, Laura! Strangely enough, one of the twins has never liked anything “too sweet.” Chocolate is not on his favorite things list… I made him a batch of granola bars with cacao nibs in them instead of melty, sweet chocolate and he loved those. Phew. If not, I would be questioning whether or not he was really mine. 😉

  3. I did have this very epiphany several years back–and then got lazy and went back to buying granola bars anyway! 🙂 This is a good reminder to return to making them!

  4. Thanks cuz!! Cuzzzz I had no idea how easy homemade granola bars really are. I’m not a huge fan of pineapple or coconut, but I like the comment above about using this as a template recipe. Yay! I’m going to try dried cranberries and/or apples. And maybe sunflower seeds and/or walnuts or almonds. You rock!

    1. Thank you! You need to try these, Mary Ellen! The recipe is very flexible – let me know what you put in!

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