Healthy Granola Bars Recipe
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Healthy Granola Bars

A healthy, homemade granola bar perfect for lunchboxes. This easy granola bar recipe uses a secret ingredient to sweeten and bind while adding 30g protein.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Granola Bars
Servings: 18
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 3 cups large-flake oats
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 10 oz can sweetened condensed milk 300 mL
  • 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil 2 0z, 1/2 stick
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup dried cherries cranberries or raisins
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread oats in a 9x13" metal baking dish and toast for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • While oats are toasting, melt butter in the microwave for 30 seconds on high power. Let cool to room temperature.
  • When oats are deeply golden brown and nutty smelling, spread them out over a cold baking sheet to cool them quickly. Run the hot baking dish under cold water to cool it down, too, then line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine cooled oats salt to combine, then stir in condensed milk, cooled butter, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate chips. Dump the mixture into the parchment-lined baking dish then press it down into an even layer (lightly moisten your hands to make it easier). Bake for 15 minutes until edges are a shade darker. They will firm up as they cool. If overbaked, they become crunchier granola bars, which are still tasty.
  • Lift the whole slab out of the pan by the overhanging parchment paper and cool on a wire rack, then slice into 18 bars.