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Homemade Clif® Snack Bars

These soft and chewy Homemade Snack Bars are just like the Clif® Bars you find in store – only better, because you make them yourself! This protein bar recipe is easy to make from scratch with wholesome ingredients like old fashioned oats, peanut butter, honey and shredded wheat.

Individual Homemade Clif Snack Bars wrapped in decorating paper with bows.

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.

Individual Homemade Clif Snack Bars wrapped in decorating paper with bows.

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.

Photo collage showing a photo of raisins in a blender next to a photo after they are blended.

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

Photo collage showing a photo of shredded wheat being added into a blender with ground raisins, next to a photo of the ingredients after blending.

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

Honey and peanut butter is whisked together in a clear bowl.

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

Homemade snack bar mixture is spread over a baking sheet.

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

Individual Homemade Clif Snack Bars wrapped in decorating paper with bows.

No khaki necessary.

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Homemade Clif® Snack Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These wholesome, soft and chewy Homemade Snack Bars taste just like the Clif® Bars you find in store – only better, because you make them yourself!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 large biscuit style shredded wheat cereal, or 1 cup un-frosted spoon-size shredded wheat
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray an 8×8 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.

Notes

recipe adapted from California Raisin

Keywords: homemade protein bars, energy bars, homemade granola bars

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83 comments on “Homemade Clif® Snack Bars”

  1. I just made these, using dried bing cherries because I had them on hand, and love them! I’m going to try freezing some and see how they hold up longer term 🙂 They are pretty easy to make in the old Cuisinart!

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. Sarah (Canterbury Cakes)

    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!

  6. 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.

    1. I entered the ingredients into an online recipe calculator and it istelling me that if you cut it into 12 bars they will be 166 calories each, 6.3 grams of fat, 30 grams carbs, 4.4 grams protein, and 3.1 grams fiber.
      Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks! These are awesome. My kids didn’t like them, but they are picky and I think it was more of a texture thing. Now I guess I’ll have to eat them all myself:). I can’t imagine these without the choc chips, and for those worried about the raisens, mine were so ground up you wouldn’t know you were eating one.

  7. 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?

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

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