Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars

Copycat Whole Foods Chewy Granola Bars! #healthyAmazing homemade granola bars just like the ones you buy at Whole Foods Market. This copycat version of Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars is a lunch box staple in our house, because they save money and are completely irresistible!

Easy Homemade Granola Bars - A copycat version of Whole Foods Granola Bars! #healthy

You know those soft chewy homemade granola bars that are always sitting up at the checkout counter at Whole Foods Market begging to be purchased?

The ones that cost around $2.50 – $5.00 a chunk, but are so moist and wonderful you can’t stop yourself from buying them every time you enter the store??

(Surely I’m not the only one who does this.)

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars - A copycat version of Whole Foods Granola Bars! #healthy

We’re making those homemade granola bars today… A lot of them.

For a lot less money.

In fact, most of the items necessary are always in my pantry and freezer. The first time I made them, I only needed to buy brown rice syrup to create these ultra moist and chewy copycat Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars, that are packed with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and coconut.

And even if you don’t have a freezer/pantry full of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit like I do, you’ll still save money by buying the ingredients from the bulk bins in your grocery store.

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You simply dump all sorts of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, and oats in a large mixing bowl. (I used the ingredients list on the Whole Foods packaging as a guide.)

Then make a thick sticky-sweet syrup to glue the dry ingredients together.

Mix them together and press into a pan.

Seriously, it’s that easy.

Amazing Homemade Granola Bars - A copycat version of Whole Foods Granola Bars! #healthy

Brown rice syrup is a key component in the homemade granola bars recipe because it holds the mixture together better than any other “healthy” syrup available.

Also note, the texture of store-bought Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars is slightly finer than what you see here. In the recipe below, I’m asking you to grind part of the oats to help the mixture pack and hold together. Yet, you could grind all the oats if you want a finer texture. We just personally like a little more chunk in our bars.

Homemade Granola Bars - A copycat version of Whole Foods Granola Bars! #healthy

My kids beg for my copycat version of Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars, and I never mind making them because they are such a time and money saver.

I even slip one in my purse when I head out to Whole Foods Market, so I’m not tempted to buy one at the counter. *wink*

Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars

Yield: 35+ large

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:5 minutes

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A copycat version of Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars recipe that is moist, easy to make, and so delicious!


  • 4 cups whole oats (or 3 1/4 cups oats + 3/4 cup oat bran)
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds, whole or sliced
  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw pepitas
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or substitute palm sugar)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups oats in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.
  2. Place the ground and remaining whole oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and dried fruit in a large bowl. Mix well. Line a large 13X18 inch rimmed baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  3. Place the brown sugar, honey, brown rice syrup, and coconut oil in a sauce pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, stir well, then remove from heat immediately. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Then pour the syrup over the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix well, so that all the dry ingredients are coated, then scoop the mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mixture out evenly. Use another sheet of wax paper to press down on the mixture until flat and packed. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set, then cut into squares. Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator, or in a cool dark place for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 35+ large, Serving Size: 35

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 129 Calories
  • Total Fat: 7.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 32mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13.6g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 7.7g
  • Protein: 2.2g
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59 comments on “Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars

  1. Kit Katposted August 27, 2018 at 7:26 am Reply

    I actually made these years ago – loooove them! So glad to have rediscovered your recipe (which I will now print and add to my recipe binder!). I have a question though. Is refrigeration required or just preferable? I don’t see any of the ingredients being perishable and I don’t like/can’t chew on cold foods. Curious, thanks!

    Rating: 5
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  3. Nanciposted March 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Made these without the rice syrup and turned out fine. Just a little crumbly at room temperature. Taste was awesome. Thank you

    Rating: 4
  4. Craigposted February 7, 2018 at 8:45 am Reply


    Made about three dozen bars last weekend by loosely using your recipe. I added things like sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts & some peanut butter, but the rest was pretty much the same. This is my 2nd or 3rd attempt at making relatively healthy granola bars at home and none have come close to these.

    I made the mistake of bringing some into work and now everyone wants more.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Rating: 5