Fruit and Nut Granola Bars: Easy, Energy, and Healthy

Last time, I whipped up amazing granola cookies that were nothing short of a breakfast miracle. Those cookies were such a time-saver in the morning. A couple of those, a cup of coffee or milk, and I was good to go. But, you know, I’m all about mixing things up. So this time around, I decided to go for a more traditional twist – granola bars.

Granola bars are like the superheroes of breakfast. Basically, they are similar to my granola cookies. They’re packed with all the good stuff you need to kickstart your day: oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, maybe a hint of honey for that natural sweetness. The best part is that you can customize them to your heart’s content.

Easy and healthy granola bars
Granola bars are a fitness favorite, offering a healthy and energy-packed snack option. They’re rich in fiber and good for weight loss.

Since I don’t want sweet food for breakfast, I’ll make a batch of low-sugar granola bars over the weekend, and now I have these grab-and-go wonders whenever I need them. Plus, they’re not just a breakfast savior; they double as the perfect snack. I keep a couple in my bag for those mid-afternoon slumps when I need a little pick-me-up.

So, here’s to my healthy granola bar recipe, the unsung hero of my mornings. It’s easy, quick, and simple

Low-Sugar Granola Bars for Breakfast

These bars are perfect for a quick energy boost or a satisfying snack.
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 165 kcal


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts e.g., almonds, walnuts, cashew, pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup make granola bar ingredients stick together and add natural sweetness
  • 1/4 cup nut butter e.g., almond butter, peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dried fruits e.g., apricots, cranberries, raspberries, raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, chopped nuts, dried fruits, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the honey (or maple syrup) and nut butter over low heat. Stir until well combined and smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to the lined baking dish and press it down firmly to create an even layer.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  • Allow the granola bars to cool completely before cutting them into your desired size.


These granola bars will last for a week in the refrigerator before expiring.
Keyword baking, gluten free, granola, healthy, quick breakfast, vegan

These granola bars are a fantastic combination of crunchy oats, wholesome nuts, and sweet dried fruits, providing a burst of energy without the added sugars. However, if you have a sweet tooth, you can increase the amount of honey or syrup or add simply more sweet dried fruits.

How to make dark chocolate granola bars
A chocolate-covered version.

You can also add other ingredients to make your own homemade granola bar flavors: peanut butter, chocolate chips, yogurt, quinoa, fresh fruits (blueberries, apples, strawberries, bananas, peaches, etc), Oreos, pumpkin pie spice, coconut, lemon juice, crisp rice cereal. You can even make savory granola bars or dip them in chocolate.

I hope you like this and give me a good review.

Johanna Cleveland
About the author

Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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