Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars are an easy homemade meal prep snack. Make them ahead and keep them in the fridge for when hunger strikes!

I love granola bars as much as the next person, but not only is it hard to find a granola bar that ACTUALLY makes my snackiness vanish – I also hate all the individual wrappers.

Not to mention how expensive a really good granola bar can get…

So I set out to find the best way to make homemade granola bars: Easy, quick, no bake and great for meal prep.

And wow, have I found them!

Homemade Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars

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These cute little bars tick all of these boxes, and then some:

  • they’re soft and chewy and perfect
  • they actually keep my hunger pangs in check in between meals
  • they last in the fridge for at least a week (I don’t know when they would technically max out, I have never had a batch last for more than 5 days)
  • no baking, just an easy melt-and-mix situation

In short, my new favorite meal prep snack. I still love me some energy bites, but I prefer these granola bars when I’m short on time – no endless rolling and shaping!

A few tips for the perfect homemade granola bars:

stack of cranberry pecan granola bars

Use quick-cooking oats or half quick-cooking and half old-fashioned:

Adding old fashioned oats adds some extra texture, while using all quick-cooking makes these even more soft and chewy

Use any nuts and dried fruit you like:

You can swap out the cranberries and pecans for your favorites, just make sure you roughly chop everything

cranberry pecan granola bars on a wooden board

Let the bars set before cutting:

These need to set and chill in the fridge before you can cut them, or they’ll fall apart

Store in the fridge or freezer:

These are fine to take with you in a small container in your handbag for a few hours, but long-term storage should be in the fridge (up to a week) or in the freezer (up to a month)

Get the printable recipe here:

Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars

Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars

Yield: 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars are an easy homemade meal prep snack.

Ingredients

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips, OR cacao nibs
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter (I use an all-natural one)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with baking parchment.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Warm the wet ingredients over low heat until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix very well.
  4. Spread mix in the prepared pan and chill in the fridge before cutting into bars.
  5. Store in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for 1 month.

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