I’ve been searching for the perfect granola bar recipe for years. We’ve tried a few that were pretty good, but we haven’t found the one yet. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy snack, this is a good place to start. Making this list, I also realized that we haven’t tried very many yet, so we need to branch out!
- Homemade Crunchy Granola Bars from Little House Living. I call these “coconut granola bars” at our house, because with coconut oil and shredded coconut, they definitely taste like it. Nutty, sweet, and crunchy, although mine have always fallen apart a little bit. I just pour those extra bits into a bowl and eat them like regular granola.
- Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from The Marathon Mom. This is my go to granola bar recipe when the kids aren’t feeling coconut and I have Rice Krispies around (Rice Krispies may have trace amounts of gluten due to the malt flavoring, but that has not been an issue for us – choose a gluten free kind for sure if you need to).
- 3-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from The Joy Of Everyday Cooking. Calling these a granola bar might be a stretch, but I bet they’d still taste good.
- No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars from Kitchen Stewardship. Katie has some delicious made-from-scratch recipes on her site, and I bet these bars would be too.
- No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars from Brown Eyed Baker (pictured above). These have a lot of chocolate chips in them for an everyday granola bar, but they sound like a good treat!
- No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Simply Shellie. These sound like they would taste like a peanut butter rice krispie treat.
- Chocolate Chip Granola Bites from Mommy’s Kitchen (pictured above). These might be a fun alternative to the bar shape.
- Easy Honey-Sweetened Energy Bars from Money Saving Mom. Crystal even saves on dishes by mixing the bars right in the pan! Plus she offers several mix-in substitution ideas.
- 8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes from Bless This Mess. Here’s a base recipe with 8 (mostly gluten free) mix-in options.
- Crunchy Granola Bars from Delectably Mine. These take some extra time to make, but they’re supposed to be just like the crunchy Nature Valley bars, which are awesome! but messy.
- Coconut Almond Bars from Feasting At Home (pictured above). These remind me of a simple KIND bar or fancier granola bar that would cost a couple dollars at the store. There are a few extra steps involved, but it’s much cheaper to make your own!
- Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from My Natural Family. If you’re like me, you keep coconut milk around to put in your coffee (because it’s AMAZING). If not, you may need to pick some up for this recipe, which looks like it holds together really well!
- Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quinoa Bars from The First Year. So. My children do not like quinoa, even in sweet treats like this. But if your family does, this is a simple recipe for a quinoa and oat bar.
- No-Bake Almond and Cranberry Granola Bars from Life Made Sweeter. We have dates around sometimes to make homemade Larabars, so they’re a fairly normal ingredient for me. I bet you have most of the other ingredients in your pantry. These also look like a take on the KIND bars from the store. So yummy!
- Apple Pie Granola Bar Bites from Amy’s Healthy Baking (pictured above). Applesauce and Greek yogurt make up part of the wet ingredients in this recipe, plus finely diced apples for sweetness and flavor.
- No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars from Beaming Baker. I don’t normally keep flax seeds around, but they’re going on my shopping list, because this recipe includes making your own oat flour, which is my jam (more on that below). Plus, who doesn’t want a granola bar that tastes like a cookie?
All photos are from the posts mentioned.
Easy snacks can be hard to come by when you’re gluten free, which is why gluten free granola bars are so awesome. One of the other things we missed most when making the switch to mostly gluten free eating was baked goods. Muffins, in particular. I knew there had to be a way to make muffins without all of the different flours and weird thickeners that I had never heard of. So I started making my own, by grinding oats into flour and baking with that. If you want simple gluten free baked goods, you’re in the right place.
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