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Homemade and Healthy Granola Energy Bars

Updated on March 18, 2016
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Kim is a board-certified Holistic Health Coach, Healthy Living and Cleanse Consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

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Healthy Energy Bar Recipe


If you're an avid runner or an exercise nut, you might appreciate an energy bar that not only curbs your hunger but also gives you a boost of energy to run that extra mile or do a few more extra push ups. If you hate to exercise, don't press the "back" button just yet. This energy bar is still a lovely treat for you. Loaded with a high level of antioxidants and energy boosting ingredients, it is the perfect bar to snack on. Take it to the office, or stash it in your kids lunchbox. Best of all, they are quick and easy to make.

Did you know that commercial energy bars are loaded with artificial ingredients and too much sugar? I wish someone had warned me about them when I was younger. Energy bars are marketed as a “healthy meal” in a bar packed with energy. The only problem is that most energy bars on the market are full of mystery ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup, poor quality fats, and preservatives. Those same ingredients may be the culprit in causing diseases in the long run. Speaking of run...

3 stars from 139 ratings of Granola Energy Bars

When I used to run track in high school, the only things you would find in my gym bag aside from running gear were BenGay and PowerBars. Sure, it has some ingredients that kept me sustained for a few hours during the track meet, but there are also harmful ingredients that are not ideal for optimal function.

I found myself trying to search for the perfect granola energy bar recipe that incorporates all of the "energy foods." The great thing about this recipe is how easy and quick it is to make! You can make it in large batches and store some in the refrigerator.
So, let's talk about the recipe, shall we?


Almonds provide a great source of energy!
Almonds provide a great source of energy! | Source

Almonds contain potassium and iron; both are essential in maintaining energy levels

Nuts, in general can give you a healthy energy boost. They also keep you going longer than caffeine-laden drinks or sugary snacks do.

  • Nuts have protein, a great source of sustained energy.
  • Nuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids, provides energy to the muscles and organs.
  • Nuts help lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol)

Flaxseed provides one of the only non-animal sources of omega-3 and omega-6. These fats are necessary for tissue growth, cell renewal, and the proper metabolism of all body cells.

Sesame seeds are small yet pack a powerful punch full of beneficial nutrients. They are very high in copper, magnesium, and calcium. Magnesium is essential for your cells to convert food into energy.

Coconut oil and coconut meat are packed with nutrients and good fats that give our body increased energy.

Ingredients for Healthy Granola Bar Recipe


  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups flax seed
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed
  • 1 cup chopped almonds (optional: any other kind of nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure honey
  • 4 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (optional: other chopped dried fruits or dark chocolate chips)

NOTE: If you are on a low-sugar or low-salt diet, decrease the amount. It's up to you! You can also substitute for Stevia packets.

How to Make Homemade Healthy Granola Energy bars


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the rolled oats, flax seeds, sesame seed, and almonds. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Toast for about 15-30 minutes until golden. Be sure to stir occasionally so it doesn't burn.
  2. In a large bowl, put vanilla, honey, butter (or coconut oil) and brown sugar. Microwave for 1 minute until it slightly boils and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sea salt, coconut, cinnamon, and dried cranberries.
  4. When the oat mixture is finished toasting, add it to the coconut mixture and stir.
  5. Add honey mixture and stir.
  6. Line a 9" x 13" baking pan with waxed paper ( or spray with Pam). Spread the mixture in the baking pan and press to create a smooth surface. Place another piece of waxed paper (saran paper works fine too)on top and press down tightly until it's even.
  7. Place pan in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to cool completely. Use a knife to cut into bars.

Enjoy!


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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These bars looks wonderful and easy to make, too. I plan to try them soon. Thank you once again for an awesome hub.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      vespa- You'd be surprised to know how EASY this recipe is. The ingredients are flexible too! Enjoy!

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      Nare Gevorgyan 4 years ago

      Your hubs are always fascinating :) I mean you give clear directions and that's awesome. Thanks, I will try this one!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Just an update...I am SUPER impressed with this recipe! I made the bars yesterday and they were easy and delicious. These are all staple ingredients in my kitchen, so the bars are sure to become a regular part of our breakfast routine. I especially like the healthy addition of flax seed. Thanks again!

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      Debbie Roberts 4 years ago from Greece

      These granola bars do look and sound really good, the nice thing about making energy bars is knowing exactly what goes into them.

      A nice recipe, voted up and yummy!!

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      CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      Great idea! I enjoyed your hub, voted up and useful.

      Thanks for SHARING!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Aww Nare, you're sweet... thanks! I voted for your nugget nomination. Did the results come in yet?

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Vespa- I'm so excited to hear that you enjoyed the granola bars! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know!

      Cheers to healthy eating!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Debbie- I hope you get a chance to make them soon!

      Cookware Liss- Thank you for visiting and voting!

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      susanm23b 4 years ago

      These look so yummy! I love recipes with oatmeal. I was glad to see you discussed the coconut oil. I read an article about it being very healthy and bought some but haven't used it yet. Great photo! Voted up :)

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      Peter Allison 4 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thanks for posting - this looks awesome!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi Susan, thank you for the compliment. It took me awhile to get used to cooking with coconut oil too. Now I'm absolutely hooked on it!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Bigezine.com has stolen this recipe hub at http://lifestyle.bigezine.com/best-homemade-health... You need to file a complaint so they will remove it from their site.

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      Shema 4 years ago

      Great recipe, thanks! Enjoyed making it, added wheatgerm & coconut shavings too, I will limit the sesame seeds next time as I found it overpowering the other flavours. Cheers

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks Shema! It's a good idea to substitute coconut shavings....mmm, one of my favorite healthy ingredients. I'm glad you found a suitable replacement to cut back the ratio of sesame seeds. :-)

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      Nneka Russell 4 years ago

      I just made a batch and they are AWESOME! however i realized that i accidentally left out the flax seed! Next time i will definitely make sure to put it in. But even w/o it, they are amazing! Husband approves, and so do i! thank you so much! I'm going to start experimenting with different flavors, including peanut butter (using PB2). Also I used Stevia in place of the brown sugar and I didn't have any bad effects (sometimes the Stevia does weird stuff if heated). I will be back to let you know the results of my experimenting adventures! thanks again so much!!!

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      Kalaitha 4 years ago

      Great recipe! I do suggest milling the flax seeds immediately prior to making the bars to make sure you fully benefit from the goodness flax provides :)

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      KARYN HEITSCHMIDT 4 years ago

      I made these and they are delicious, but I used the coconut oil in place of butter and they DO NOT stay together at all. I like the benefits of the coconut oil so do not want to use butter. Any suggestions for helping them stay together better.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi Karyn, coconut oil is definitely more healthy. I just used more of it and stored it in the refrigerator, instead of on the counter. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      These sound yummy. I'm going to have to give these a try to I'm glad you mentioned the coconut oil as an alternative to butter. Thanks!

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Love the idea of these very healthy bars. Sometimes its hard to get up and have a full breakfast. We find a healthy bar is enough to get the day started. You can add almost anything to these. Thanks. Will share.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      lemonkerdz and Kris- I appreciate your comments, and thank you for stopping in. You're absolutely right...you can add almost any ingredient to customize it. So easy and yummy!

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      Kim Anne 4 years ago from Texas

      Pinned ya! Can't wait to try these! They look great!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Thanks KA, hope you like them!

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      shannon Griggs 4 years ago

      Anyone have any idea in how many weight watcher points these would be? And the serving size? Thanks!

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      Jennj 4 years ago

      can I substitute peanut butter for the coconut oil?

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Yes, but you probably shouldn't heat it up with the mixture. Let me know how it goes!

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      Rachel 4 years ago

      These were super easy and delicious. My favorite part was snacking on the warm and sweet mixture before letting it set in the fridge. I left out sesame seeds and replaced them with chia seeds. i also modified the recipe and used dried blueberries, and used a combo of sunflower seeds and sliced almonds. DELICIOUS!!! I can't believe I've been purchasing granola bars for so long.

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi Rachel! Oh yeahhh blueberries are awesome. This is definitely a "starter" recipe and can me modified in so many ways. You'd be surprised to find some of the things I find in my pantry. Chocolate chips, etc... Thanks for stopping by! Please share with friends and family! :-)

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      Shay 4 years ago

      Hi curious... I'm going to use hemp seeds instead of sesame seeds....well see what happens I guess! I also am going to try coconut oil instead of butter. My question is...for next time any better replacement for sesame? I'm not allergic but they all may contain nuts, which I am allergic to

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Hi Shay- I've tried pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds (both are awesome!) and black poppy seeds (not a fan). I haven't tried hemp seeds yet although it does have that nutty taste. Let me know how that works out! Oh, and also coconut flakes are yummy too!

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      Shay 4 years ago

      They turned out amazing, the hemp seeds give it such a nice taste! They held together amazingly, a little crumby around the edges, but i can't complain because now i have a bag of granola too!! I used a little more that prescribed of the coconut oil and a pinch more honey. i didn't use any salt (the pumpkin seeds were lightly salted) and i used dried cherries and coconut flakes.. Lets just say i cannot wait to wake up to goto class tomorrow! thank you so much for your recipe!

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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      Awesome, I'll try hemp seeds next time...thanks! It's funny...sometimes I break them all up into crumbs anyway and just sprinkle on my yogurt. Please share and rate the recipe! thanks and take care! ;-)

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      pat098@yahoo.com 3 years ago

      yummy!!!

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Such a delicious treat. I have loved granola bars for a long time. Much better eating these. Thanks for the great recipe.

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      Kim Lam 3 years ago from California

      You're welcome! Hope you like it! xx

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      2jjmom9902 3 years ago

      I used 1/2 the honey and substituted with peanut butter and added an additional 1/4 cup agave in the raw. OH my!! They were delicious. I also threw in chia seeds to the mix. Excellent!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      I'm going to have to give it a try, it looks better then the store bought stuff.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Kim. I would love to try this energy bar recipe someday, since I've been something of an exercise nut lately. Voted up for useful!

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      Diana Abrahamson 13 months ago from t Francis Bay

      Great recipe..must definitely try this healthy option for a snack!

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