5 Ingredient Granola Bars

I’m a snacker. I always have been. Maybe it’s because I love food and I’m too impatient to wait until mealtime but whatever the reason, snacks are essential in this house. Back in my high school days, I pretend that granola bars were a “healthy” snack when they were really just a few oats crammed into a chocolate covered bar held together with high fructose corn syrup. Whoops. But now I know better and now I enjoy bars that are made with real, wholesome ingredients. There are plenty of great options out there on the market but the natural ones can be a little pricey so making your own is a nice way to keep your grocery costs down! I know almond meal can be a little expensive so if you don’t want to buy it, you can replace the almond meal with more oats. Now let’s get into the recipe for these 5 ingredient granola bars!

5 ingredient granola bars

5 Ingredient Granola Bars
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 8
  • ⅓ cup agave (or honey if not vegan)
  • ½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9x4 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  3. Combine the agave and peanut butter in a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the oats, almond meal, and sliced almonds until combined.
  5. Press into the bottom of the loaf plan.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the edges just begin to brown. It might still be a little soft but the bars will firm up when cool.
  7. Make sure you let them cool completely before you slice.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

5 ingredient granola bars

I love the texture of these granola bars because they’re chewy and crunchy all at the same time! They also just happen to be gluten free & vegan. If you don’t have peanut butter, sub in almond butter. If you don’t have sliced almonds, sub in more oats. The great thing about these granola bars is you can really make them with whatever you have in your pantry.

<Need a healthy snack idea? Try these 5 ingredient granola bars! They're vegan and gluten free but they're packed with protein!

I’m thinking these would also be great with chocolate chips or coconut flakes!


What’s your favorite snack recipe?


  1. These look so simple and delicious– I really need to make my own granola bars, store-bought ones have a bazillion ingredients!

  2. I’m starting my list of healthy snacks for the New Year, and these are definitely going in it!

  3. I agree about liking granola bars but not the fake stuff. Your recipe sounds good.

  4. I really don’t have a favorite snack recipe, unless you can count cookies in that category! 😉 I love the sound of your granola bars! Quick, easy, healthy and nutritious!

  5. I’m all about easy things and these look really good. Snacking while working in retail is a must.

  6. Homemade granola bars are not only cheaper – but as these clearly show – way more tastier than store bought ones too! I’d become a snacker for these too 😉

  7. Love granola bars! I also love anything baked with PB in it, so I’m very easy to please!

  8. 5 Ingredients Liz? Wow, these look absolutely INCREDIBLE with a capital ‘I.’ 🙂 I would love to try to make these and drizzle chocolate over it?

  9. This looks delicious and I love that its so few ingredients! I’d love these with some dark chocolate chips!

  10. Liz,
    My favorite snack is anything that’s handy! Chips and guac, carrots and hummus, cheese and crackers, granola and kefir–doesn’t matter as long as it’s easy to shove into my face when the hangry season starts.
    These bars look scrumptious. Thanks!

  11. Yum! This is a snack to nibble on while slaving away on my computer! I may take your suggestion of adding chocolate chips (chocoholic me)! Pinned!

  12. I’m definitely a fan of snacks and come from a snacky family!


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