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Easy Granola Bar Recipe

This Easy Granola Bar Recipe is so quick to make and is perfect for meal prep! These homemade granola bars are healthy, can be vegan and gluten-free, and loaded with honey, chewy oats, crunchy granola, and dark chocolate!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, granola, healthy
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup pre-made granola store bought or use my homemade version (linked)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks
  • Maldon sea salt for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. 
In a VERY large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, applesauce, honey, and vanilla.
  • Add in oats, granola, flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips/chunks.
  • Stir to combine.
Dump mixture into prepared pan.
  • Grease your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture FIRMLY into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and gently press down with the back of a lightly greased metal spatula. This helps keep the bars intact.
  • Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt, if desired.
  • Let cool COMPLETELY before cutting into bars. I let cool at room temperature for an hour, or until pan wasn’t hot, then covered them with saran wrap and threw them in to fridge to cool completely.
  • Cut them into 16 bars and store them in an airtight container at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer.
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Serving: 1large bar | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.8mg