Best Kids Lunchbox Granola Bars

I have been making these Best Kids Lunchbox Granola Bars for years. A favorite snack for all my children, and bonus, you can make them with your choice of healthy (or not so healthy) add-ins! Kids love helping out with this recipe! Simple and delicious. Perfect for school lunches, breakfasts, or snacks.

I love finding alternatives for buying prepackaged things to go in the school lunchbox, especially if I can make it a more nutritious version. This is a no brainer and they store well so you can make a big batch and be ready for the week!

Close up of Best Kids Lunchbox Granola Bars
MakesPrep time: 10 minsCategory
15 barsBake time: 25 minsSnack


3 cups rolled oats

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup wheat germ

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

½ cup crispy rice cereal

½ cup add-ins*

¾ cup melted butter

½ cup honey

*(we have used raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, nuts and seeds)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF (180 ºC)

2. Combine all of the dry ingredients, (everything except the last two ingredients), in a large bowl.

3. Mix the melted butter and honey together, then add to the dry ingredients.

4. Mix until thoroughly combined.

5. Place in a greased 9 in. square pan, or square casserole dish.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.

7. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.

*Store in a sealed container. If they will not be eaten right away you can store in the refrigerator.

Dry Granola ingredients in a bowl.
Melting butter, and honey in a pot.
Pouring a bowl of dry granola ingredients into a pot of melted butter and honey.

What mix-ins do your kids like to add into their Best Kids Lunchbox Granola Bars? Do you have any special snacks you make to pack in your kids lunchboxes?

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