Homemade Clif Bars

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When I made my Healthy Cookie Dough Bites the other day, I thought the flavors would be a great base for Homemade Clif Bars.  So, I set out to create them.  A lot of readers lately have been asking if Clif bars are okay to eat.  I used to but them by the case as well.  I would take them to work in the days when I waited tables on the Las Vegas strip.  Here are the ingredients to the Chocolate Chip Peanut bar that I got off their website:

Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, ClifPro® (Soy Rice Crisps [Soy Protein Isolate, Rice Flour, Barley Malt Extract], Organic Soy Flour, Organic Roasted Soybeans), Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Toasted Oats (Organic Oats, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Vitamin E [Antioxidant]), Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Peanut Butter (Organic Peanuts, Salt), Chocolate Chips (Dried Cane Syrup, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Peanut Flour, Peanuts, ClifCrunch® (Organic Oat Fiber, Apple Fiber, Inulin [Chicory Extract], Psyllium, Organic Milled Flaxseed), Organic Date Paste, Natural Flavors, Sea Salt.

Wow!  That’s a lot of ingredients!  Soy protein isolate is a hidden form of MSG.  There are also “natural flavors” in these.  Those two things alone would make me put these back on the shelf nowadays.  So, moving on to my homemade clif bars.  My homemade clif bar recipe is great because it serves as a good base for you to add whatever kind of flavors you like.


These would go great with a glass of Homemade Almond Milk.

Homemade Clif Bars

Homemade Clif Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Homemade Clif Bars



  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Grind up the oats and almonds in the food processor.
  • When they have a crumbly consistency, add the dates and coconut.
  • Lastly add the water slowly as you pulse the ingredients together until a batter forms. It will be thick and sticky.
  • Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper leaving enough paper sticking out on each side so you will be able to lift the whole thing out when done.
  • Working carefully, spread batter evenly out to all the sides.
  • Press mixture down with a spatula to get it firm.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before removing intact.
  • Cut bars with a pizza cutter.

187 thoughts on “Homemade Clif Bars

  1. Made these (but with cashews as that’s what I had a ton of) & they are amazing. Perfect alternative to a protein shake for breakfast on way to work. Thanks!

      1. Holy Smokes! No WONDER this are so good. Here’s the macronutrient breakdown for 8 bars per the recipe:
        356.5 calories
        16.5 g fat
        2.6 sat
        .3 poly
        .3 mono
        1.5 g sodium
        582.8 g potassium
        51.7 carbs
        7.9 fiber
        35.5 sugar
        8.3 protein

      2. Not sure how you’re getting calories in the 300’s.

        16 Dates- 880 calories
        1 cup almonds-700 calories
        1 cup oats- 300 calories
        .5 cup shredded coconut- 267 calories
        =2147 calories

        2147/8= 268 calories

        which is about the amount in a clif bar.

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  2. I accidentally made too many (thought we were going on a road trip with another family which got cancelled). How long do they keep, and can I freeze them?

  3. After looking at a few recipes, I am going to try this one, thank you for sharing. I will be using steel-cut oats and cinnamon, maybe even a bit of dehydrated banana peel (for serotonin, etc). I like that these are baked, can’t wait to make them, maybe next week. Thanks, and Blessings!

  4. Looking forward to making these as to take to classes with me this term. I’m going to experiment with adding protein powder. Have you tried anything like that before? Do you have any suggestions as far as a starting point?

    1. I haven’t tried adding protein powder, but maybe start with a couple tablespoons? You may need to add a little more liquid to balance out the dry ingredients though.

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