How to make delicious granola bars

This month Emma Marshall has shared with us her recipe for how to make delicious granola bars. They provide the ultimate on-the-go snack. Like Emma I also like to make my own as many that you buy tend to be highly processed and full of added sugars, oils, and additives. Making your own granola bars is easy, inexpensive, and healthy.  

When made with the right ingredients they are a useful protein-packed snack option. Just one of these bars makes a filling snack, or you can use them as a fast breakfast if you are stuck for time in the morning. These chewy oat snacks are full of nuts and seeds that contain beneficial oils and minerals, and the oats contain fibre that helps support detoxification and a healthy gut microbiome.

In this recipe, Emma has used bananas.  A great way to use up leftover ripe bananas and the perfect choice as a sweetener.


100g raw nuts – I use a mixed bag, but any will do.

180g rolled oats 

75g pumpkin seeds 

Large handful dried cranberries/raisins/goji berries 

Pinch sea salt 

3 tbsp maple syrup 

100g nut butter – almond or good quality peanut butter 

1 large ripe banana (or 2 small)

Zest 2 oranges 

  • Break up the nuts – either pulse in a blender or put in a bag and bash with a rolling pin.
  • Blend the maple syrup, bananas, and nut butter together in a food processor
  • Add to rolled oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds & dried cranberries.
  • Line 9” square tin and add mixture pressing down
  • Put in the oven at 160C for 40 minutes 
  • Leave until totally cooled before cutting or they will break up
  • I put mine in the fridge for a while to set.

Happy snacking. They are also great to take on a picnic.

Emma Marshall nutrition

You can contact Emma at Emma Marshall Nutrition. She works globally via Skype. She offers a free 15-minute consultation (the UK by phone, globally via Skype) details here. You can also follow her on Instagram where she shares some of her delicious recipes.

You might also like other sweet recipes created by Emma Marshall Orange and cocoa balls 


  1. Francie
    13th August 2021 / 16:08

    Thank you! I will make these.

  2. margiemi
    13th August 2021 / 16:17

    MMMMM….nuts and oatmeal and peanut butter. Can’t get any better than that!

  3. Elizabeth
    13th August 2021 / 19:06

    Thank you… now to translate to imperial measurements !

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