by: Yuri Elkaim

The 13 Healthiest Granola Bars (You'll Want to Make These)

The idea of granola bars is pretty fantastic.

A portable, healthy snack that you can quickly grab when you’re on the go sounds pretty good, right?

Unfortunately, most granola bars on the market are pumped full of sugar, fat, and chemicals, making them quick and easy … but not so healthy.

The simple solution? Make your own.

Granola bars are easy to prepare and they make an awesome convenient snack – when you put the right ingredients in them.

I’ve rounded up some of the healthiest granola bar recipes out there.

These are high in protein and fiber to keep you feeling full, low in sugar to prevent a spike in blood sugar, and tasty enough to keep your tastebuds satisfied.

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13 Healthiest Granola Bars

1. Super Food Energy Bars with Cacao

Super Food Energy Bars with Cacao via This Rawsome Vegan Life

These granola bars are crammed with super foods and nutritious ingredients, making them a quick, easy, and healthy option for snacking.

Among the stellar list of ingredients: chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, and coconut flakes. This recipe also features antioxidant-rich cacao nibs plus some raisins and dates to enhance the flavor even more.

Find the recipe here: This Rawsome Vegan Life

2. Easy Low-Carb Granola Bars

High in fiber and protein but low in carbs, this recipe meets the three most important criteria when it comes to granola bars: it’s healthy, satisfying, and delicious.

These granola bars have the perfect amount of crunch from coconut flakes, raw sunflower seeds, almonds, and sesame seeds. Sweetened up with a bit of molasses, cinnamon, and chocolate chips, they really do taste as good as they look.

Find the recipe here: Beauty and the Foodie

3. Quick ‘n Easy No-Bake Protein Bars

Quick 'n Easy No-Bake Protein Bars via Oh She Glows

This recipe certainly lives up to its name: these bars are quick, easy, and filled with protein.

Vegan protein powder helps ward off cravings and hunger while coconut oil adds healthy fats into the mix. Coupled with gluten-free oats, dark chocolate chips, and peanut butter, this recipe is ready to go in just 30 minutes.

Find the recipe here: Oh She Glows

4. Quinoa Chia Seed Protein Bars

This recipe features a secret ingredient that sets it apart from other “standard” granola bars: quinoa!

Quinoa is a complete protein and an awesome addition to this super nutritious bar. Add in some chia seeds to up the heart-healthy omega-3s and you have an irresistible granola bar with the perfect amount of crunch.

Find the recipe here: Wendy Polisi

5. Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Granola Bars

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Granola Bars via The Healthy Maven

Looking for a granola bar recipe that doesn’t require an enormous time commitment or a long list of ingredients? Look no further.

Rolled oats are responsible for the texture and consistency of these bars, while vanilla protein powder brings them to the next level nutritionally.

Simply combine the ingredients, press into a pan, and freeze. Then cut into portions and get ready for a tasty treat.

Find the recipe here: The Healthy Maven

6. Real Healthy Granola Bars

Filled with fresh and wholesome ingredients, these granola bars are a great alternative to the store-bought variety.

Flax meal makes up the base of these bars, while almonds and sunflower seeds amplify the texture. Throw in a few dairy-free chocolate chips plus some shredded coconuts and you’re ready to enjoy.

Find the recipe here: Real Healthy Recipes

7. Healthy Almond Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Healthy Almond Chocolate Chip Granola Bars via COOKIE + kate

Striking the perfect balance between salty and sweet, these granola bars will not disappoint anyone you share them with. You also can customize these honey-sweetened bars to suit your taste or use ingredients that you have on-hand.

And even better, these bars require no baking, meaning you can just mix your ingredients, refrigerate, and enjoy.

Find the recipe here: COOKIE + kate

8. Pumpkin-Spiced Nut and Seed Bars

This recipe is proof that, regardless of the season, you can never go wrong adding a bit of pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice all add to the festive flavor while Brazil nuts and almonds bring just the right amount of nuttiness.

Find the recipe here: Nutrition Stripped

9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bars via Simply Sissom

These granola bars bring together peanut butter and chocolate for a flavor combo that’s popular for a reason: they’re two tastes that really do go great together.

Part of the delicious chocolatey flavor comes from a scoop of chocolate protein powder, which also gives the nutrient profile of these bars a boost.

Rolled oats, ground flax, and cinnamon are other ingredients in this recipe that bestow health benefits and kick up palatability.

Find the recipe here: Simply Sissom

10. DIY No-Bake Chewy Granola Bar

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that you can easily enjoy the next time your stomach signals you it’s time for a snack, you’ll want to bookmark this recipe.

The best part about this no-bake creation is that it’s adaptable to your tastes and preferences. Combine a cup of oats with a cup of your choice of nuts/seeds and your favorite dried fruits and you’re all set to get snacking.

Find the recipe here: Bowl of Delicious

11. Hemp Protein Bars

Hemp Protein Bars via Green Kitchen Stories

If you have a nut allergy, it can be challenging to find granola bar recipes that you can actually make.

This recipe is not only nut-free, but also grain-free – and there’s even a vegan version. Thanks to the addition of hemp hearts, chia seeds, and hemp protein powder, these bars are also rich in protein and nutritional benefits.

Find the recipe here: Green Kitchen Stories

12. Kind Bars 2.0

This recipe gives Kind bars a healthy, homemade upgrade.

Using a variety of nus and seeds, these granola bars don’t skimp on providing plenty of fiber and protein. Paired with orange zest, honey, and golden raisins, they are guaranteed to be an instant and nutritious hit.

Find the recipe here: Primal Bites Blog

13. Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars

Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars via Minimalist Baker

You only need 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to whip up a batch of these delicious granola bars.

Dates and maple syrup sweeten these bars while rolled oats, roasted almonds, and your choice of nut butter deliver a hearty dose of health benefits.

Find the recipe here: Minimalist Baker

On-The-Go Goodies

Granola bars have been a snacking staple for a reason. Not only are the portable and nutritious, they’re good to have on-hand if you need a quick bite when you’re at work, running errands, or after a gym session.

But remember: the healthiest granola bars are the ones you make at home. There’s no extra sugar, chemicals, or calories. You get to control the ingredients and have the opportunity to make them completely your own.

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.