The Best Homemade Granola Bars

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In the afternoons, I typically want something sweet as a snack. Let’s be real, usually I want something sweet at all times except for lunch and dinner. I’m trying to eat more fat so making a granola bar full of healthy fats from seeds and nuts seemed like a great idea. Typically after work I go for a run or go to yoga, so it also made sense to eat something with carbs and natural sugar from bananas as well. And I’m clearly not about to eat something processed.

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“Crack bars”.

As soon as I ate the first one, I knew they were going to be dangerous.  I wasted to call them “crack bars” but that seemed bad for SEO and possibly bad for my image, so instead I’ll call them The Best Homemade Granola Bars, because that’s what they are. I don’t throw around “best” lightly, either.

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Right after this photo was taken, they fell off the table and I had to eat them. Five second rule, right?

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Skip the high-fructose corn syrup in favor of a naturally sweet bar.

These are great for using up random things you have in your pantry, too – the last little bit of the sliced almonds, random peanut butter chips from Trader Joe’s and bananas that are getting a little brown. These are also great for totally binging on and gaining weight, which is what I think I did with them. Also, they have a 4:1 carb to protein ration which means  – PERFECT RECOVERY FOOD.

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The Best Homemade Granola Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 14
  • 2 cups oats
  • 3 bananas, very ripe
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup pistachios, shelled
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup peanut butter chips
  • ¼ chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Blend bananas in food process, blender or mash by hand.
  3. Mix in oats, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Fold in pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pistachios, sliced almonds, raisins, peanut butter chips and chia seeds.
  5. Pour mixture into baking tray, distributing evenly, and flatten with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until granola bars begin turning brown and crispy.
  7. Let cook completely then cut and enjoy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 160 Fat: 7.2 Carbohydrates: 20.6 Sugar: 7.5 Sodium: 5 Fiber: 2.9 Protein: 4.7

Chat with me:
What makes the ultimate granola bar for you? Do you eat pre-packaged snacks? (Disclaimer: I love Kind Bars, Lara Bars and Picky Bars.)

25 comments on “The Best Homemade Granola Bars

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Jessie on June 9, 2014 8:05 am

Oh come on! Be spontaneous & call them Crack Bars. Haha just kidding! If you say they are the BEST, I will indeed take your word for it. I mean there are many of my favorite ingredients included :)
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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:29 pm

I wonder what kind of google searches would bring people to my site with that haha…

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Hilary on June 9, 2014 9:22 am

I am a huge Kind bars person, in fact their granola is like crack to me!
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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:28 pm

TOTALLY AGREE – especially the peanut butter one!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on June 9, 2014 11:32 am

I’m a crazy person for homemade granola bars, but I don’t make enough with nuts and seeds. I was planning on making a trail mix bar last week, buuuuut then I ate the trail mix :lol: These sound great, lady! I love the “everything but the kitchen sink” approach ;)
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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:26 pm

I’m trying to eat more nuts and seeds… healthy fat, you know? Is that super weird haha? And I’m addicted to toppings and combos, I think that’s why I love the kitchen sink approach…

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Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan on June 9, 2014 11:51 am

Yummm these sound like absolute heaven to me. Love every single ingredient in there, and especially love how natural it all is! And I LOVE the name Crack Bar. My fav restaurant in NYC just came out with a legitimate Crack Bar (they actually named it that!) and I just devoured it… for breakfast… was supposed to save it for dessert tonight! Oh well. But on the real, I need to try your Crack Bar. YUM!
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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:25 pm

Which restaurant is it? Have to check it out!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on June 9, 2014 4:14 pm


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Arman @ thebigmansworld on June 10, 2014 5:01 am

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on June 9, 2014 8:05 pm

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Erin @ The Almon Eater on June 10, 2014 7:01 am

Crack bars!!! Oh and the 5 second rule is totally legit.

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Cassie on June 23, 2014 1:45 pm

I should have brought them for you!

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Tina Muir on June 10, 2014 7:06 am

Yes yes yes! These look perfect! I love what you said about always wanting sweets….that is me….even within 2 minutes of waking up haha!

Thanks for sharing, I am pinning right now :)
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Cassie on June 23, 2014 2:26 pm

Yay, I hope you make/enjoy them!

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on June 10, 2014 10:32 am

I think “crack bars” has a nice ring to it! They would do well in Toronto where even our mayor smokes crack…
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Cassie on June 23, 2014 1:46 pm

NEW JOB: Moving to Toronto, running a food truck that sells “crack bars”. Done.

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Lindsay on June 11, 2014 3:35 pm

i like what davida said! i snack on crack! pass me some!
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Cassie on June 23, 2014 2:27 pm

I’ll trade you these for healthy bites… deal?

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Alexis @ Hummusapien on June 12, 2014 10:24 am

These are packed with SoOooOOOoo much goodness! Making stat!
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Cassie on June 23, 2014 2:27 pm

Hope you love themmm! xo

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