M&M and Raisins Homemade Granola Bars

Our kiddo will be attending school for the first time this year for two days a week. Eek! This nervous mama is looking for easy snacks to put in his lunchbox and to give him after school until dinner is ready. These easy homemade granola bars with M&Ms and raisins are the perfect solution.

Granola bars

I love that you can easily change out the ingredients. Chocolate chips would be tasty if you don’t have M&Ms on hand. Substitute other dried fruits in for raisins if you’re not a fan of those. For example, apricots, currants or cherries would taste amazing! Oh, and don’t forget about cranberries during November and December.

See how easy it is to make the recipe your own? I’m super excited to try lots of variations in the coming months.
Homemade Granola Bars

Here’s how you can make your own granola bars using this super simple recipe.

M&Ms and Raisins Granola Bars

Donella Crigger
These granola bars are the perfect after-school snack for kids. They'll love them in their lunchboxes, too.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snack


  • 3 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mini M&Ms
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and mix until well-combined.
  • Transfer to a 9 x 13 pan and press down firmly and evenly with a spatula.
  • Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool in pan for 30 minutes.
  • Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Kids will love these homemade granola bars.

If you’re looking for more easy after school snacks, you can’t beat these peanut butter and banana bites. (We also enjoy Nutella and bananas.) My kiddo gobbles these up, and I admit, I do, too. What’s your child’s favorite snack?




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