Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

Homemade granola bar recipe

This simple, soft and chewy homemade granola bar recipe is perfect for eating at just about any part of the day.  Packed full of dried fruit, seeds, and oats these are full of yummy goodies.  Perhaps add a few chocolate drops into it to jazz it up or substitute cranberries for cherries.

I came up with the idea for these after eating one of Sainsbury’s bakery granola bars. They are really tasty and although pretty reasonable (£1 for 5 I think) I felt I could have a go at making my own.  So I took the essence of a rock cake, added the granola, adjusted some of the quantities and after a couple of attempts I have finally reached this recipe which has been warmly received by friends and family.  It has been tested on the toddlers who are happy to have these as their morning snack and our 5 year old has eaten hers when packed in her lunch box.

As with all my favourite recipes this can be mixed all in one bowl which cuts down the mess and makes it something that could be made with children.  They also freeze well.

Soft Granola Slices/Bars Recipe
Yields 24
A soft, sweet and filling snack. Perfect for a packed lunch box.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 280g plain flour
  2. ½ teaspoon of salt
  3. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking)
  5. 140g of softened butter
  6. 80g of muscovado sugar
  7. 80g of brown sugar
  8. 120g of caster sugar
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  11. 50g of glacier cherries chopped up
  12. 50g of sultanas
  13. A handful of sunflower seeds
  14. 200g of granola (shop bought or your own)
  15. 50g of oats
  1. Preheat your oven to 180°c. Line a roasting tray
  2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, bicarb into a large bowl
  3. Run the butter into the flour until it looks a bit like breadcrumbs
  4. Mix in the sugars, cherries, sultanas, seeds, granola and oats
  5. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture and pour in the beaten eggs and vanilla extract
  6. Give a really good stir
  7. Then spoon out into the baking trays and press down with the back of a spoon or do what I do and use your hands.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until it looks slightly golden on top.
  9. Leave to cool in tin and then transfer to wire rack. Cut into bars when cooled.
  1. Can be frozen.
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Granola Bar Recipe

I hope you feel inspired to have a go. I’m sure you can come up with some pretty amazing variations yourself. I would love to hear them.

Happy cooking.



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  1. Catherine says

    Wow these look delicious. You’ll be writing a grubby little faces cook book very soon! Will try these soon x

  2. Amanda says

    I found this recipe when I searched for the recipe for Sainsburys Taste the Difference granola bars as I was sure I could bake them. These were very easy to make and tasted delicious. I will be making them again although I was a bit alarmed by the amount of sugar in the recipe. I suppose that is why they taste so good………. Have you tried baking them with a bit less sugar?

    • says

      Hi Amanda, They are very yummy but there is a lot of sugar. What was I thinking? Since this blog post I have really clamped down on our sugar intake (I blogged about it here) and I need to revisit some of my older recipes to see if I can tweak them to be a lot less sugar loaded. I’m glad you like them and I hope you have a look at my newer recipes too. Best wishes, Clare.

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