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Super Yummy Homemade Granola Bars – Gluten Free

ten Homemade granola bars sitting on on yellow cutting board

Make these homemade granola bars for an easy make ahead breakfast option to keep you going throughout your busy week. These wholesome bars contain tons of protein, at 11g per bar. Plus they’re super simple to make. They will give you the energy you need to keep you going all week long. You may also want to use these as an after work out snack for a quick refuel. These homemade granola bars are not only good for you, but they taste great too! And with ZERO unpronounceable ingredients, (unlike many store bought varieties) they are truly a win win!

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I love protein bars and granola bars for an easy, quick snack. But with many of the options at the supermarket containing tons of processed ingredients, I’ve been buying them a lot less. Hence, my inspiration to make some of my own! Truly, I don’t know why I waited so long to give this a shot.

To prepare your homemade granola bars…

Just toast your oats and nuts on a baking sheet.

oats and nuts on baking sheet

Then toss them together with all remaining dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add your peanut butter and brown rice syrup and mix well.

granola mixture

Then press your mixture into your baking pan and freeze! That’s it, so simple!

Make sure to really press the mixture down firmly so they will hold when it’s time to cut them. I use the bottom of a measuring cup to help press down, but anything with a firm solid base will do the trick! You really want to make sure there are no gaps, or the bars will not hold well.

Homemade Granola Bar prep, pressed into tray

Freeze the mixture for 1 hour or longer. Then cut your granola into 10 bars (or 20 squares), and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer to maintain their shape and freshness.

homemade granola bars cut into 10 rectangle bars on yellow cutting board

homemade granola bars cut into 20 squares sitting on yellow cutting board

For more make ahead breakfast ideas, check out some of these great options below!

ten Homemade granola bars sitting on on yellow cutting board

Homemade Granola Bars - Gluten Free

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, oil free, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Freezing Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 10 bars
For a delicious make ahead breakfast option, you just can't beat these sweet and salty, super yummy homemade granola bars.
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  • 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats or rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Slightly crush your almonds and walnuts. I put mine in a sandwich bag and smash them with a rolling pin. Do not over smash them, you want some chunkier pieces in your bars.
  • Spread the oats, almonds and walnuts on your prepared tray and bake for 12 minutes, until lightly toasted and golden.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add your peanut butter and syrup, and mix well using a fork until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add all your dry ingredients including the toasted oats and nuts and toss to combine. Pour the peanut butter and maple syrup mixture over top and mix well.
  • Line a 9"x9" baking pan with parchment paper and evenly distribute the granola mixture. Press down using your hands or a tool (I use the bottom of my measuring cup) to ensure there are no gaps, and help the bars hold together.
  • Cover the tray with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour before removing from the tray and slicing into 10 bars. Serve immediately and store leftovers in the freezer to maintain shape and freshness.


Store your granola bars in an airtight container in the freezer to maintain freshness and hold their shape.
Serving: 1bar | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.


  1. Agatha

    I’m so happy to have a new recipe for homemade granola bars that is vegan, gluten-free and oil-free – my kids love homemade granola bars and I’ve never tried them with roasted almonds/walnuts so this sounds really great!

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