Homemade Chocolate Chip Clif Bars


You can make Homemade Clif Bars that are delicious, healthy, and budget friendly. These easy chewy granola bars are so good to have on hand for after-school snacks, easy lunch additions, grab-and-go breakfasts, and energy boosters for whenever you need them. Follow the directions to make this Homemade Chocolate Chip Clif Bars recipe for the ingredients and directions you need to make Clif Bars at home! We’ve formulated this recipe to work for families who have food allergies, too, so you can rest assured this delicious chewy granola bar recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and nut free.

This recipe was originally posted August 10, 2017; Updated June 10, 2021

Three homemade chocolate chip Clif bars stacked on top of each other on a white plate

The perfect clone recipe for healthy homemade Clif Bars

We LOVE Clif Bars around here. So much so, that we decided to make them ourselves. This recipe for Homemade Cliff Bars is a quick and simple replica that makes soft and chewy, allergy-friendly, and easy-on-the-budget gluten-free granola bars. The recipe is simple and a great way to involve kids in the kitchen.

A tall stack of homemade chewy chocolate chip granola bars on a white plate

Ingredients to make Homemade Clif Bars – and substitutions

You can make these dairy-free and gluten-free granola bars with just a few healthy ingredients.

  • Sunflower seed butter – this seed butter is safe for people who have allergies to nuts and nut butters. Use unsweetened sunflower seed butter, such as Trader Joe’s or Once Again brands. You can also substitute peanut butter or another nut butter if you don’t need this recipe to be nut-free.
  • Honey
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Crisp rice cereal – not all crisp rice cereals are gluten free, so be sure to seek out a brand that is certified gluten free if you need this recipe to be gluten free.

  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Raw or dry roasted sunflower seeds
  • Mini chocolate chips – use dairy-free, if needed

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All ingredients for Crispy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars in small white bowls.

How to make this Homemade Clif Bars recipe

It only takes three simple steps to make the Homemade Clif Bar Recipe come to life.

Step 1: Melt down the sunflower seed butter, honey, vanilla extract, and salt in a saucepan until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Stir in the cereal until well combined, then let the mixture cool slightly before stirring in the chocolate chips, coconut, and sunflower seeds.

Step 3: Press the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish and chill in the refrigerator before cutting into bars.

How to store Homemade Clif Bars

This chewy granola bar recipe keeps well in a covered container or individually wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  They also travel well, making them great for lunch boxes or mid-day snacks on the go.

An overhead view of chocolate chip Clif bars stacked on each other on a white plate

More easy and healthy bar recipes

If you love these Homemade Clif Bars (which are also gluten-free granola bars), then check out these other delicious and easy healthy bar recipes:

Freshly cut chocolate chip granola bars on a piece of parchment paper

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Clif Bars

A healthy allergy-friendly snack for kids and adults of all ages that won’t break the budget. They’re easy to customize based on your preferences or what you’ve got on hand. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long)!

  • Author: The Real Food Dietitians
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Snacks, Sweets & Treats
  • Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian

Three homemade clif bars with chocolate chips and coconut stacked up on a white plate


  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter (240 g)
  • 1/3 cup honey (110 g)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 ½ cups crisp rice cereal* (65 g)
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (30 g)
  • ½ cup raw or dry roasted unsalted sunflower seeds (60 g)
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips** (45 g)


  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the sunflower seed butter, honey, and salt and stir constantly until melted together.
  2. Remove from heat and in a large mixing bowl combine the cereal and sunflower butter mixture, stir until well combined.
  3. Place bowl in the refrigerator and allow the cereal mixture to cool for about 10-15. This is important to prevent the chocolate chips from melting when added.
  4. When the cereal mixture is cooled, fold the coconut, sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips into the cereal mixture.
  5. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan (or dish) with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture to the pan and using your hands, firmly press the dough into the pan, spreading out evenly.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or freezer for at least 15 minutes before cutting into bars.
  7. Bars will keep up to two weeks in a covered container in the fridge (or freeze for longer storage).


* to make this recipe dairy-free, use dairy-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life or Hu brands

** not all crisp rice cereals are gluten free or made in a facility that doesn’t also process gluten-containing foods, so if you have celiac disease, seek our crisp rice cereal that is certified gluten free


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 188
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 68 mg
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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About Jessica Beacom

Jessica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Boulder, CO with her hubby and two daughters. She’s been described as a ‘real food evangelist’ and loves sharing her knowledge with others to help them break free of the diet mentality and find their own food freedom. In her spare time she enjoys CrossFit, telemark skiing, mountain biking, teaching herself how to play the banjo and camping out under the stars.

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