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{homemade granola bars: basic recipe}

Homemade Granola Bars – a basic & easy recipe to customize with your favorite ingredients.

Basic Recipe for Granola Bars from {nifty thrifty things}

Do you have a go-to work snack? I always keep a few “emergency” granola bars in the drawer at my work desk.
They’re delicious and a bit more filling than a chocolate bar or other sweets. And I feel little less guilty eating them.

Basic Recipe for Granola Bars from {nifty thrifty things}

I have always wanted to try to make my own granola bars and finally got around to it last week. And this was definitely not the last time I made this yummy treat! They’re super easy to make, you know exactly what’s in your granola bars and there are lots of combinations to try.

Basic Recipe for Granola Bars from {nifty thrifty things}

On my to-do list for future variations are:

  • white chocolate cranberry
  • pretzel & mms
  • peanut butter
  • chocolate & coconut
  • almond butter

I also want to try a recipe for chewy granola bars. Soo many options! ;)

Basic Recipe for Granola Bars from {nifty thrifty things}

homemade granola bars

Print Recipe
Cooking Time: 15 min


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 14 cup agave sirup
  • 12 tsp. vanilla
  • 12 tsp. cinnamon
  • 14 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 12 cups of add-ins



Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and brown oats on a lined baking sheet for 15–20 minutes, stirring once.


Melt the coconut oil in a pan.


Add brown sugar, agave sirup, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger powder and salt until mixed well and brown sugar is completely melted.


Combine everything in a large bowl and add your add-ins. Stir well.


Line a square baking form with parchment paper, give mixture into and press down well.


Let cool and put in the freezer for at least 3 hours (best overnight).

Basic Recipe for Granola Bars from {nifty thrifty things}

Basic Recipe for Granola Bars from {nifty thrifty things}

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  • Reply
    Amy Birgit Kausch
    Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at 06:08 PM

    mmmh, sie sehen zum anbeißen köstlich aus :-)
    muss ich unbedingt ausprobieren! ich glaub ich mache sie mit getrockneten aprikosen und cashewkernen :-)
    liebste grüße & wünsche an dich

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    Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at 07:03 PM

    Oh my these look so delicious and the recipe sounds super easy. I will have to give them a try! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sunday March 5th, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Oh Vanessa these look so tasty!

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    Monday March 6th, 2017 at 02:36 AM

    Pinning this! Gorgeous pictures and ginger in a granola bar sounds great. I’ve never thought of that. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Zan Turner
    Friday March 10th, 2017 at 10:56 PM

    They look so tasty! It’s always great when you can develop your own favorite healthy recipe. I have a go-to oat bar that I make — the kids love it with semi-sweet chocolate chip. We use coconut oil, honey, and similar ingredients. I know some other add-ins would tastes awesome!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday March 12th, 2017 at 08:05 PM

      Thank you, Zan! :)
      I know, I can’t wait to try out a few different variations.
      Have a wonderful remaining Sunday!
      XO, Vanessa

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    Colette @ restyle it wright
    Saturday March 11th, 2017 at 02:19 PM

    gorgeous photos! i’d totally add in some chocolate chips! looks yummy!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday March 12th, 2017 at 08:07 PM

      Thank you, Colette! :)
      I actually did add chocolate chips to this one — I guess just a little too early. They all melted. Haha
      XO, Vanessa

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins
    Tuesday March 14th, 2017 at 05:58 AM

    Looks delicious! I made homemade granola once and it was so good!

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    Tuesday March 14th, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    yum yum yum!! They look absolutely delicious. i’ve been looking for a good recipe to try out!

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    Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 05:41 AM

    I’ve heard these are fairly simple to make, but have never tried a recipe. Pinned!

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