Homemade Granola Bars

chocolate chip granola bars

My kids and hubby are loving these chewy granola bars made with wholesome ingredients. I’ve been making these ahead of time and freezing them in quart size bags to keep them fresh. I’ll pull out about six a day and thaw to pack in lunches although the toddlers are enjoying these for breakfast. Isn’t it awesome to know you can make a freezer bag of chewy granola bars in about fifteen minutes prep time?

Kitchen Tip: I re-use my same bag each time and refill with another batch of granola bars. I also harden my bars in the freezer before removing (about thirty minutes), specifically if the chocolate chips are gooey like the picture above.

This recipe can easily be doubled and pressed into a 9×13 pan. It will yield 24 bars doubled.

Granola Bars (slightly adapted from Super Healthy Kids)

Yield: 12 bars

  • 2 Cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey, plus 2 Tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients well with a mixer (they tend to look dry; keep mixing until mixture is combined well) and press into sprayed 8×8 glass pan. Press with the back of a rubber scraper until dough forms with pan.. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until edges are browned. Take out and let cool entirely. Cut into 12 bars and store in a freezer bag until ready to pack for lunches or snacks. Thaw the morning of a school day or thaw for 24 hours when consuming entire bag.

What snacks do you freeze for your family?

6 thoughts on “Homemade Granola Bars

  1. Sonja @ practical-stewardship.com

    I LOVE your blog, and love your mission!! I haven’t tried to freeze granola bars yet, but I have been making them for years homemade. They do well in a covered pyrex dish, even up to a month, if they last that long. I came up with my own recipe for 4 ingredient granola bars since I am trying to use less ingredients and make it more efficient to bake: http://practical-stewardship.com/2012/02/29/4-ingredient-peanut-butter-granola-bars/

  2. Kathy Jo Buzzard

    We’re talking awesome. I’m bad about getting back to a recipe post after I’ve made the recipe but had to on this one. My family loves these bars. Love that the ingredients are so wholesome. They freeze great. Super easy to make. Wonderful for that flying out the door breakfast that happens all to often. My husband eats one every morning for breakfast. My kids beg for them. We were spending way too much for granola bars at the grocery store. This is awesome for our monthly food budget. Thanks so much – you are blessing our family!

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