Tired of the same old store-bought granola bars? We’ve got you covered with 11 homemade snack recipes that are easy to make and packed with flavor. From sweet to savory, these snacks are perfect for on-the-go munching or a quick energy boost at home. Say goodbye to bland bars and hello to these fresh, fun and fulfilling treats!

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Oat Almond Date Energy Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites

Apple cinnamon cookie bites in a bowl.
Apple Cinnamon Cookie Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These bites, blending oats with cashew butter and fresh apple chunks, are a great snack alternative to store-bought granola bars. Quick to prepare, they offer a balance of fruitiness and nuttiness, perfect for a midday pick-me-up or a post-workout snack. Their wholesome ingredients make them a reliable choice for any time you need a little boost.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites

No bake peanut butter chocolate chip bites in a bowl.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, you’ll love these no-bake peanut butter chocolate chip bites. They’re made with real food ingredients and are a fantastic option for a snack that’s so fulfilling, you won’t think about store-bought granola bars. These bites are easy to make and great for satisfying your sweet cravings in a healthier way.
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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Bites

Pumpkin spice chocolate chip bites in a small bowl with newspaper and burlap.
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Embrace the flavors of fall with these pumpkin spice chocolate chip bites. Not only do they provide an energizing snack option, but they also offer a festive twist that makes them irresistible. Their spice-infused taste ensures that you’ll prefer these over any commercial snack bar. Plus, they’re quick to whip up for when you need a nourishing snack.
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Cookie Dough Bites

Healthy cookie dough bites drizzled and dipped in chocolate on parchment paper.
Cookie Dough Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These healthy cookie dough bites use almond flour as their base. Whether drizzled or dipped in chocolate, these bites are an excellent choice for a snack that’s both health-conscious and appealing. They’re simple to make and a great alternative to standard granola bars.
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Oat Almond Date Energy Bites

A bowl of energy bites on a plate.
Oat Almond Date Energy Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These oat almond and date energy bites are a speedy, no-bake snack solution. They’re packed with nutrients and flavors that surpass any store-bought granola bar. Ideal for on-the-go snacking, these bites are both convenient and wholesome, making them a top pick for busy days.
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Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookie Bites

Cranberry orange cookie bites in a bowl.
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookie Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These oatmeal cookie bites, loaded with cranberries, orange, and mini chocolate chips, offer a tasty and healthy snack option. They capture the essence of a cookie while being nutritious enough to replace any granola bar. These bites are perfect for a quick snack, providing a burst of energy and flavor.
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Nutella Cookie Dough Balls

Nutella cookie dough balls stacked on a plate with parchment paper.
Nutella Cookie Dough Balls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

For a healthier version of Nutella in a snack form, these no-bake cookie dough balls are a superb choice. They offer the indulgence of a sweet treat without the excess calories, making them a great alternative to granola bars. Enjoy these for a satisfying snack that doesn’t compromise on flavor.
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Banana Chia Bites

Banana chia mini muffin bites in a blue ceramic basket.
Banana Chia Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Banana chia bites are a delightful snack, naturally sweet and satisfyingly moist. These grain-free mini-muffins are so enjoyable that you’ll find yourself reaching for more than one. They’re an excellent snack choice, far surpassing any commercial granola bar in both taste and nutrition.
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Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas

Cinnamon crunch roasted chickpeas in a bowl with more scattered around.
Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These roasted chickpeas, flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup, offer a healthier snacking option. They mimic the taste of cinnamon toast crunch cereal but in a more nutritious form. Perfect for a midday snack, they provide a satisfying crunch and are a great alternative to regular granola bars.
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Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

Spicy seasoned pretzels in a black bowl with small bowl of guacamole on the side.
Spicy Seasoned Pretzels. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Spice up your snack time with these homemade seasoned pretzels. They’re perfect for dipping and provide a delightful change from standard snack choices. These pretzels are not only easy to make but also offer a great flavor kick, making you forget about store-bought snacks.
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Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Sweet potato oat bars stacked on a kitchen towel.
Sweet Potato Oat Bars. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These oat-based sweet potato bars are a filling and nutritious snack choice. You can customize them with your favorite add-ins like dried fruit or nuts. They’re an excellent alternative to granola bars, offering both convenience and a burst of wholesome flavors.
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Trail Mix Popcorn

Trail mix popcorn in a bowl lined with newspaper.
Trail Mix Popcorn. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This trail mix popcorn is a unique snack blend for those who love both sweet and savory flavors. Filled with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and chocolate chips, it’s a fun and versatile snack. It’s an excellent choice for those moments when you need something different from the usual granola bar.
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Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Healthy cookie dough bars stacked high on parchment paper.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These no-bake bars are a blend of indulgence and nutrition, packed with chocolate chips and tart cherries. Made with cashews, they offer a rich texture and flavor. They’re a fantastic snack option that will make you forget about store-bought granola bars, perfect for a quick and healthy treat.
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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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