Chocolate chip granola bars recipe

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Chocolate chip granola bars are a delicious lunch box filler that take less than an hour to bake

Chocolate chip granola bars stacked with baking paper
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Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories314 Kcal16%
Sugars20.8 g23%
Saturated Fat8.5 g43%
Protein4.5 g9%
Fat18.2 g26%
Carbohydrates31.7 g12%

Kids and adults will love these chocolate chip granola bars. Make a batch to bring on picnics or wrap them up for lunch boxes during term time.

Flapjacks are a delicious afternoon treat but if you’re searching for something a little different, these chocolate chip granola bars are ideal. They are easy to make and take less than an hour from start to finish. We haven’t specified what chocolate chips to use so you have full creative freedom. We like dark chocolate chips but you could use a mix for a nice visual design.  


  • 200g rolled oats
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g almonds, roughly chopped
  • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • ½tsp salt
  • 200g chocolate chips




  1. Heat the oven to 180C (160C fan/Gas 4). Use a knob of butter to grease a large ovenproof dish (approximately 20cmx30cm), line with baking parchment, and set aside.
  2. Pour the oats, sunflower seeds and almonds into a separate ovenproof dish. Toss together and toast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Put the butter, honey, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt into a large saucepan and cook until the sugar dissolves and the butter is melted.
  4. Tip the oat mixture into the saucepan and stir thoroughly with the wet ingredients to combine. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the granola mixture into the prepared ovenproof dish. Push down using the back of a spoon to distribute evenly.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 150C (130C fan, Gas 2) then bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Top tips for making chocolate chip granola bars

Homemade granola bars are perfect lunchbox fillers as they can be stored in an air-tight container for up to a week. We explain why it’s important to roast the oats and have suggestions for some other seeds you could use in the recipe. 

Are chocolate chip granola bars healthy?

Using dark chocolate to make these granola bars will make them healthier as it is rich in antioxidants and low in sugar. This granola bar recipe has almonds and seeds which are also rich in fibre, protein and vitamins however the butter and sugar brings the overall calorie, fat and sugar to a higher level. When eaten in moderation, chocolate chip granola bars can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Why should I toast my oats?

Toasting your oats, nuts and seeds adds a delicious depth of flavour without adding any additional ingredients or calories to the final bars. You can do it ahead of time in big batches and store in an airtight container. 

What seeds are good for baking?

This recipe uses sunflower seeds but you could substitute these for pumpkin, sesame or chia seeds. Remember that each seed has a slightly different flavour and will affect the final taste of the bars. 

If you plan to take these chocolate chip granola bars to the park for a picnic or put them in your kids lunchboxes, consider swapping bulky tupperware and plastic clingfilm for some reusable beeswax food wraps.

Beeswax Wraps set of 6 - View at Amazon

Beeswax Wraps set of 6 - View at Amazon

Not only do these beeswax wraps come in an attractive, decorative pattern. They are lightweight, easy to store, clean and can be reused. This starter pack includes a variety of sizes so whether you’re wrapping up a block of cheese, a sandwich or a granola bar, there is a size to fulfil your needs. 

If you like this recipe try making our oatmeal bars too. We have a healthy flapjack recipe which is under 100 calories per portion or our granola bar recipe has the flavours of the popular breakfast cereal but they are more of a treat at 335 calories per bar. 

Jessica Ransom
Senior Food Writer

Jessica is a freelance food writer, stylist and recipe tester. She previously worked as Senior Food Writer at Future. While at Future Jessica wrote food and drink-related news stories and features, curated product pages, reviewed equipment, and developed recipes that she then styled on food shoots. She is an enthusiastic, self-taught cook who adores eating out and sharing great food and drink with friends and family. She has completed the Level 1 Associate course at the Academy of Cheese and is continually building on her knowledge of beers, wines, and spirits.