Homemade Clif® Bars


As you all know I am not really outdoorsy.

And while oats and raisins and granola can certainly be eaten indoors it kinda seems like the outdoors have claimed them as their own.


So what I am proposing is that all us indoor people take back granola.  That’s right.  You don’t have to hike mountains and wears khaki to enjoy an oat bar.  You don’t have to drink water out of a water bottle and wear a backpack to enjoy raisins.

It’s a fact.  I am currently indoors, wearing non-khaki clothes, drinking a beverage out of a cup with no squeeze lid, and am gazing at my cute new bag that is on the table next to me.  All safely indoors.  AND I am eating an oat-packed, raisin-filled bar.


The whole idea of this snack might seem out of place on my sugar filled site, but I assure you, it’s every bit as delicious as say, a Caramel Swirled Pretzel M&M Blondie…ok, well, that’s not entirely true…but they’re really good.  A close second to those bars, for sure!

They are much like the Clif Bars that you can buy in the supermarket…but better, because you make them.  Homemade is always better, don’t you think?


My kids love them too, but I make them eat them outdoors.  Kids are messy, plus I’ve heard fresh air is good for kids.  Whatever.

So let’s get down to the dirty…

Grab your food processor.  I loathe mine…anyone have any suggestions about a good food processor? I need a new one!

Anyway, pulse some raisins until they are chopped up a little.  They will get a little sticky, that’s ok.

Then add in some of your other healthy stuff…oats, shredded wheat, cinnamon and a pinch of salt…pulse it together.

In a separate bowl whisk together some honey, some vanilla, a couple eggs and some peanut butter.

Mix the wet and the dry and if you’re feeling crazy add some mini chocolate chips.  Press it all into a prepared pan.

Bake it up and let it cool before cutting into squares.

No khaki necessary.

Homemade Clif® Bars
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 large biscuit style shredded wheat cereal, or 1 cup un-frosted spoon-size shredded wheat
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray an 8x8 pan lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Place raisins in food processor and pulse until lightly chopped (it will be sticky)
  4. Add the shredded wheat, oats, cinnamon and salt in food processor and pulse until mixture is finely chopped and incorporated.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, honey, vanilla and peanut butter.
  6. Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
  7. Spread in prepared pan and bake 15-18 minutes until edges are slightly golden.
  8. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing into squares.
recipe adapted from California Raisin


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March 13, 2012 12:05 pm

I think these are a mighty fine alternative to a candy bar any day, inside or out. YUM!

March 13, 2012 12:09 pm

I have never seen such huge shredded wheat pieces! Nevertheless, these look amazing…I’m always down for a cliff bar…especially when hiking. 😀

March 13, 2012 12:23 pm

my aunt loves cliff bars I will have to show this to her for sure.

March 13, 2012 12:29 pm

This is some health food I can get behind! Totally making this for my toddler this weekend. He will still believe me when I tell him it’s like a candy bar. :-)

March 13, 2012 1:00 pm

I’ve never had shredded wheat before. It always seemed a bit… scary. I’m going to see if I can find some and if I can, I’m definitely making these. I’ve never had a Clif Bar either but I agree with you in that if it’s homemade, it’s better. Except for Pizza Hut pan pizza because nothing homemade can compete with that. :)

A honey sweetened recipe from Cookies and Cups. Yay!

March 13, 2012 1:32 pm

Down with the outdoors! I love me some Clif bars, and I don’t want to go anywhere near a hiking trail. Deeeelish.

March 13, 2012 1:46 pm

If not khakis, muscle t-shirts are definitely required to consume clif bars :)

March 13, 2012 1:48 pm

These sound wonderful! I love how you wrapped them up too!

March 13, 2012 2:14 pm

Dude, you are the bomb!

Yes, I just said that, because that was the first thing that came to my head. Maybe not that eloquent, but honest. Love these!

March 13, 2012 2:14 pm

Love this! My husband loves the Clif bars for work, but they are so expensive. I can’t wait to give these a try.

March 13, 2012 2:16 pm

Do these bars stick together like Cliff Bars? It seems whenever I make something similar to this they seem to crumble apart and end in in a gazillion pieces which is so always so disappointing.

March 13, 2012 2:24 pm

Great bars! I am a sucker for that kind of treat.



March 13, 2012 2:28 pm

“anyone have any suggestions about a good food processor? I need a new one!” <— I use my Vita for everything. LMK what you end up getting b/c I'm game to try what you try :)

These look awesome. I love Clif bars!

March 13, 2012 2:32 pm

If you are ready to spend some money, I am in love with my Cuisinart Elite Collection 14-cup Food Processor. The only downfall is that the base is heavy, otherwise I love that it has three different cup capacities.

March 15, 2012 2:35 am

Someone gave me an OLD Cuisinart when I was due with my first baby…. That was 13yrs ago and it is still going strong! Also, I’ve eaten SW for years and it is wonderful and filling! I put in strawberries or bananas to add sweetness.

My family has a major aversion to pb, all nut butters really, any suggestions for a like consistency exchange? I assume it is used not only for protein, but for binding as well?

March 13, 2012 2:42 pm

Yum these look delicious! Definitely going to be making them soon :). Bookmarking your site!

March 13, 2012 2:43 pm

These look great! I love Cliff bars.

March 13, 2012 2:55 pm

How cool is that?!?! I think we’ll have to give these a try. Although I only have frosted shredded wheat right now….

March 13, 2012 3:38 pm

My son LOVES Clif bars, but he eats the ones geared towards kids.

Are the raisins in these essential for the texture/taste? My son is not a raisin fan…..

also, could you use regular sized chocolate chips instead?

I think I’ll make some of these for this weekend (he prefers a chocolate base though, any ideas?) as he’s running an 8K and a 1mi race and then has a soccer game later that same day. He’s gonna need the nutrition and energy!

June 27, 2013 4:43 pm

You could replace the raisins with dates, they get sticky and binds things together well.

March 13, 2012 3:45 pm

I love Clif Bars! I especially love heating them up just a bit in the microwave so they taste like a warm cookie! These look fantastic and I can’t wait to try making these!

March 13, 2012 3:59 pm

I’m also curious if the raisins are essential. I love the idea of making these, but no one in my house is a fan of the raisin!

March 13, 2012 4:08 pm

I love the Quisinart products. I especially love their blenders and food processors.

Could a person use dried cranberries or blueberries to replace the raisins?

March 13, 2012 4:24 pm

I’ve always wanted to try this!

March 13, 2012 4:37 pm

Looks good! I want to send some to my husband who’s deployed.. do you think they will make the journey okay?

March 13, 2012 5:05 pm

These are my kind of bars! Great snack!

March 13, 2012 5:58 pm

Thse would be perfect ot have around the house.

March 13, 2012 7:34 pm

Seriously…I’m not quite sure how you’ve managed to make raisons look appetizing to me but you have. I’m not a major fan of them, but wow I want to gobble up these bars!

*side note: I am extremely (underline and bold that) jealous of your bag! That is so cute!

March 13, 2012 8:20 pm

Um, if I’m allowed to eat these on my couch, wearing pajamas, while hooked up to WIFI, I am all for these bars. Yum.

March 13, 2012 10:23 pm

Have pinned & printed the recipe! Plan to bake it with the kids in the next few days!

March 13, 2012 11:11 pm

These look delish! I’ve made something similar with dates instead of raisins, for those of you wanting a substitute.


I’m definitely going to have to make these. My kids love all those outdoorsy bars! On a different note – I posted your 2 ingredient ice cream today, and linked back to you at the bottom! Thanks for such an EASY recipe. The kids are IN LOVE!!

March 14, 2012 9:02 am

Wow..these bars are bursting with energy..such a nutritious treat! Love all the ingredients..Kids are gonna love this treat.

March 14, 2012 1:25 pm

I am going to pin this recipe:: We love to hike and munch on granola bars, but the store bought are more expensive, and I’m sure not as yummy as these!

March 14, 2012 2:37 pm

These look great! My last attempt at granola bars did not turn out well, so I’m looking forward to trying this recipe (even though I will probably eat them in front of the TV!).

March 14, 2012 3:24 pm

I use my kitchenaid 14-cup (I think?) food processor. I love that thing.

March 14, 2012 7:28 pm

I’ve never heard of a Clif bar until I read your post. Do you guys have Tracker bars over there? I love them!

These look fantastic. Sort of the thing I love to eat after a good old swimming session, I bet they taste fantastic too. Can’t wait to try these and feed my kids something a bit healthier than all the cakes I’ve been baking lately too, lol.


I made homemade cliff bars once, but mine weren’t nearly as healthy as yours! Mine were kind of more like a candy bar…oops!
These look great!

March 14, 2012 8:21 pm

I’m not a big fan of the outdoors either so I’ve never gotten into the granola thing…but I’ve always kinda envied those who have. these are kinda the more sophisticated inside version of it. 😛

March 14, 2012 8:34 pm

YUM! Just started on a LUNA bar fix, so these look like a great idea!! Thanks!!

Rebecca Ednie
March 15, 2012 3:59 am

You are a pretty smart cookie now but if you could come up with a recipe for the perfect Caramel Nut Brownie Luna Bar, you’d be a genius!

March 15, 2012 5:11 am

Made these today – soooooo delicious! Followed the recipe, just left out the chocolate chips!

March 15, 2012 10:32 am

I’m always looking for snacks for my daughter that are a little healthier – definitely trying these!!

March 16, 2012 12:06 pm

These looks delicious! My husband and I LOVE Clif Bars, but had to stop buying them because they’re just so stinking expensive. I’m making these today! Can anyone tell me how long they will stay good/fresh for?

March 16, 2012 12:27 pm

Whats the best way to store these so they stay fresh? Baking my first batch right now.

March 18, 2012 7:27 am

Any idea of the calories of a serving or the fat content? We love Clif bars in our house and eat them daily. Would love the comparison.

March 18, 2012 12:26 pm

I have been experimenting with making similar bars for my kids as it was costing me a fortune to buy the ‘healthy’ stuff at the supermarket. In the last batch I think I over-did it a bit with the nuts and seeds, but I reckon these kinds of recipes are so forgiving and you can mix and match ingredients to find the perfect combination for your own personal taste. Thanks for sharing this, it’s given me some more ideas of things to try!

March 21, 2012 10:24 pm

For reference, I just grabbed a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bar (I know it’s not a super close match to the recipe, but it’s my favorite kind and I buy tons of them every time they’re marked down to $.99!) and the nutritional info for one bar:
250 cal
7 grams fat
240 mg sodium
42 grams carbs
9 grams protein
4 grams fiber

Looks like this recipe is a great homemade substitute! Will be trying it soon!

March 27, 2012 6:31 pm

OMG! These look DIVINE!! I can’t wait to try them out. Thank you for sharing:)

March 28, 2012 4:18 pm

i just made these but used dates since my raisens were hard as rocks. They turned out fantastic and my three year old, one year old an myself just ate 5 :-)


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Kim Holt
May 6, 2012 6:23 am

My husband loves Cliff bars, also. I started making his with whey protein and applesauce added for binding. The last time I made them, I also added puffed rice. That made them a little lighter.