Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars

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Batch of Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars on a parchment-lined cutting board

John and I kind of have a thing for granola bars. It started when we discovered the glory that is Trader Joe’s Apple (Pie) Bars. Then, we got into more basic versions with rolled oats. But somewhere along the line we got suspicious of the ingredients – namely high fructose corn devil – and strayed away from them altogether.

However, sometimes you really just need a snack that has some serious staying power. And being that this is Minimalist Baker, you know I wanted something simple. Enter: The 5-Ingredient (No-Bake) Granola Bar. Things are getting seriously minimalist right now.

Spoonful of oats and bowl of dates
Toasting rolled oats on a baking sheet

How to Make Granola Bars

The base for these bars is dates – the natural sweetener supah powah. Then we add almonds, oats, peanut butter, and maple syrup (or honey or agave) and mix it all together!

That’s it. Just 5 ingredients, no baking involved (unless you want to toast the oats and almonds) and they’ll keep in the freezer for-ever (that is, if you can resist them for that long).

Oats, almonds, and peanut butter for making healthy granola bars
Pouring warm peanut butter honey mixture into dry ingredients

Substitutions

If you can’t jive with peanut butter simply swap in almond, sunflower or another nut/seed butter. To keep these vegan, stick with maple syrup or agave instead of honey. And to keep them gluten-free, use GF oats. Simple, customizable, delicious!

Stirring together ingredients for homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Baking pan and stack of simple healthy homemade granola bars

Speaking of delicious, these little guys are dreamy.

Simple flavors, wholesome ingredients, salty-sweet and lots of crunch. I made a batch last week and am already down to one-quarter of ONE bar. How I exercised the self control to save one quarter of a bar is beyond me. But by tomorrow it likely won’t be there, if I know myself at all.

Cutting board with a batch of our Healthy Granola Bars recipe

These really are the perfect bar for a hearty snack because they keep you full for hours and don’t provide a sugar overload. Plus, they pack in plenty of healthy fats from the almonds and peanut butter, and lots of fiber from the oats. Afternoon and mid-morning snack, solved.

Tall stack of our healthy granola bars

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Stack of homemade Granola Bars for delicious gluten-free vegan snacks

September 23, 2016: Video added and recipe updated to include slightly more dates so the bars stick together more easily. 

Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars

Healthy, no-bake granola bars with just 5 ingredients and a sweet, crunchy texture. Peanut butter and maple syrup complement each other perfectly in this ideal portable breakfast or snack.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Cascading stack of Vegan Granola Bars made with almonds and oats
4.83 from 548 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 (bars)
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup packed dates (pitted // deglet noor or medjool)*
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds (loosely chopped // see instructions for roasting nuts)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free for GF eaters)
  • Chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc. (optional additions)

Instructions

  • Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (Mine rolled into a ball.)
  • Optional step: Toast your oats (and almonds if raw) in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I prefer the toasted flavor.
  • Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl – set aside.
  • Warm maple syrup (or agave or honey) and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
  • Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars // adjust size of pan if altering batch size).
  • Press down firmly until uniformly flattened – I use something flat, like a drinking glass, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
  • Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars (or 9 squares // as original recipe is written). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I kept mine in the freezer to keep them extra fresh, but it isn’t necessary.

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Notes

*Although not ideal, if your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, you can soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will help them blend better and hold the bars together better. But ideally, you can find fresh, sticky moist dates.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with maple syrup and unsalted peanut butter.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 bar Calories: 231 Carbohydrates: 33.9 g Protein: 5.8 g Fat: 9.7 g Saturated Fat: 1.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.47 g Monounsaturated Fat: 5.45 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 30 mg Potassium: 332 mg Fiber: 4.4 g Sugar: 20.7 g Vitamin A: 33 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 61.72 mg Iron: 1.25 mg

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  1. Katrina says

    These are amazing, I have made them many times. A girl I backpacked with brought some on the trail and gave me the recipe. I make these and freeze them and take backpacking with me. A perfect desert to the end of the day. I use dark chocolate and dried apricot as additions. I also put the almonds in the food processor and break them down instead of leaving them whole. These are absolutely divine!

  2. Sheryl says

    These granola bars are SO good and easy to make. I’ve made them twice now. I made the raisin paste since I didn’t have dates on hand. I froze the leftover paste until I made the bars again. I made them with almonds and Lily’s dark chocolate chips the first time, and pecans, almonds, and Lily’s the second time. I just stored them in the freezer and they are edible straight out of there-not too hard at all! I could eat these all day!

  3. Kara Adkins says

    Omy word!!!
    In search of healthy premade snacks I fell upon these. I substituted Marcona almonds instead of raw unsalted almonds, because that’s what I had on hand. I did use honey, and added chocolate chips while the honey/pb was still hot so the chocolate melted.
    I licked the bowl like a kid!!!! These are good enough for desert!!! And I love the simple ingredients and how fast this recipe came together!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, yay! We’re so glad you enjoy these granola bars, Kara. And love your modifications. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Oyumi says

    Thank you for the recipe and tips! Due to tree nut allergies, I am now aware as to how many store bought granola bars carry things I can no longer eat! So the chance to make it at home is great.

    Three quick questions:
    1) If I wanted to, could I then bake these bars to make them a bit crispier? Could I skip heating up the maple syrup if I bake them anyway?

    2) What is the ratio of dry to wet ingredients you have found works best for no-bake and baked bars? Are the dates/puréed fruit considered as part of this ratio?

    3) Is it possible to not include any sugar? Ie could the wet ingredients just be seed butter and coconut oil, or would that fall apart?

    Thank you!!!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      1) They won’t be quite crispy. But for crispier bars try these or these.
      2) I would follow the recipe as written and not change up the ratio too much!
      3) I don’t think so unfortunately.

  5. Eva says

    Love the bars! In the middle of preparing second batch. Great tip about roasting almonds, it really changes the taste of it. I keep bars in the freezer as well cause they defrost in seconds. Thank you again for the recipe!

  6. Pernille says

    Hi and thank you for the recipe! I make these all the time now and my kids from 5 to 15 love them and bring them to school for a snack. I know they might have sugar from dates and syrup but they are by far healthier than the refined sugar or corn syrup versions you can buy in the shop! Definitely a winner for us so thanks again.

  7. Bryan Yee says

    What would you bake a granola bar recipe for? What is the difference between a baked and a no-bake granola bar? Does baking have a purpose? Does baking change the nutritional value of the ingredients?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Bryan, baked tend to have a crunchier texture. These will have a softer texture. Hope that helps!

  8. Daniel Woods says

    What do you mean “not full of sugar”? You base it on dates, which are chock-full of fructose. Worse, they’re dried and processed – meaning all of that fructose is released from the cells and available for digestion immediately!

    Then a ton of maple syrup?

    I didn’t finish a single portion of this, it’s insanely sweet.

    If you want to achieve the health benefits you incorrectly claim, you need to keep the fruit fresh and whole so that it takes time for your body to break down the cells and slowly release that sugar. Have a bowl of oatmeal and sweeten to taste instead of this uninnovative junk food.

    This is a food for people who want to kid themselves they’re being healthy.

  9. Jeff Wrong says

    My first batch: no problem.
    My second batch: not everything mixed well. I ended up with some bars and a granola cereal.
    Oh, what to do, what to do?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jeff, is it possible the dates weren’t as moist and sticky in the second batch? If you notice that next time, you can soak the dates in warm water for ~10 minutes, then drain and start the recipe.

      • Jeff Wong says

        thank you for your response regarding soaking the dates.
        Oh, boy. I soaked the dates. Ten minutes turned into twenty and eventually turned into two days. I started with 220 g of dates and 220 g of water. At the end of two days I poured off the excess water which weighed 140 g. This left me with dates that are more plump by 35%.
        I added the processed dates to the peanut butter and agave syrup. It heated up into a very nice mush that absorbed every last bit of the almonds and oatmeal. This is going to be fantastic!
        Thank you!

  10. Natassia says

    I make this EVERY week for my fiance and my snacks, breakfasts, sometimes lunches… They’re delicious. I did add chia seeds and cinnamon because I wanted to try it.
    But this recipe just how it is.. is AMAZING.
    We will probably NEVER get tired of it. Thank you so much for this.

  11. Danielle says

    I followed the recipe exactly and they came out amazing, I liked them even better the next day after being in the fridge for the night. I brought them into work and they’re a huge hit, can’t wait to make them again!

  12. Amber says

    Great recipe, I made some alterations though. I used only 2tbsp honey and filled up with peanut butter, then the warmed peanut butter/honey wasn’t thin enough to spread so I put a bit of almond milk through to make it a little softer. Used no oats (couldn’t find GF oats) so my mix was: almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, dried cranberries, whole buckwheat.
    Very impressed with the results! I’m going to make several batches and freeze them for snacks for uni.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    I am starting to have quite a number of favourite recipes that have come from your site.

  13. April says

    I’ve just made these for the second time round after they where a hit! I used almond butter rather than peanut butter and honey instead of maple. The dates made it just the right amount of sweet with out it feeling like it was packed with sugars. So glad I found this ☺️

  14. Stacey says

    These are delicious! I’ve been wanting some granola bars for some of my longer hikes and this is going to be great. I used cashews and oats and roasted them in the oven along with some leftover oat/coconut pulp from making oat and coconut milk- excellent use for this btw. I also used molasses instead of honey/maple syrup and it worked well to keep it all together, I think. My dates were really, really dried out, but i soaked them in warm water for ~30 min and also added a little water when I blended them and everything held together after freezing. Will definitely make again!

  15. Paula says

    I made these today- they are absolutely delicious! They are so easy to make and will most definitely be a permanent fixture in our house!!

  16. Sam says

    AMAZING. I took commenter Howard’s suggestion and substituted water for the maple syrup when heating the peanut butter. I added about a teaspoon of maple syrup to the bowl when I was mixing everything together, but I honestly don’t think the bars need it and next time I won’t add any. The dates end up being sweet enough on their own! To the base recipe, I also added chopped walnuts, golden raisins, and prunes (run though the food processor first).

    This was my first attempt at homemade granola bars – thank you Minimalist Baker for the inspiration! :-)

    • Rannique Pinnock says

      This recipe was great!
      Completely off topic but I made frozen yogurt bars this past week and it was amazinggggggg.
      So I had the brilliant idea to do granola bars next!

      So I changed a few ingredients but I basically followed the same process. I used:

      Honey
      Almond Butter
      Cinnamon
      Apple Cinnamon Granola
      Halved almonds

      I wanted to use cereal because I don’t like oats but I decided the granola was enough. I’m letting it cool now but I’d thought I’d share 😁😁

  17. Rosa says

    How well do the granola bars stay together once out of the freezer? What is best the way to store them once they are cut into bars? Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rosa, They will hold together, but do become more tender at room temperature. It’s best to store them in the freezer.

  18. Suzie White says

    These are the most delicious granola bars I’ve ever tasted! I’ve made them for dessert for company and everyone loved them! Of course, I served them with a scoop of ice cream! I’m eating them in the mornings instead cereal. So easy and yummy! They’re easy to make! I use honey instead of maple syrup to reduce the calories and I like the taste since it’s not as sweet. Thank you!

  19. Mark McCabe says

    Made first batch as repcie said. Liked it alot. Second batch i change the maple syrup for malt as malt is good for you. I did half unsalted peanuts and half almonds. And then instead of a pan I put them in a muffin tray so no cutting.

  20. Phil Plasma says

    Pitted dates, steel cut oats, unsalted almonds, natural peanut butter and maple syrup; these are the ingredients I used following the exact quantities and instructions as described. When I make this again, I’m going to increase the amount of steel cut oats leaving everything else the same, and only add them and mix them in a bit at a time after the peanut butter/maple syrup is mixed in with the dates and almonds. I did not roast the nuts or oats; I may do that once my steel cut oats run out and I’ll buy the rolled oats. I quite enjoyed the bar; it is just a little bit sweeter than I would like, this is why I will increase the oats. I may also add seeds of some kind for a future try.

  21. Howard says

    The first batch was a little too sweet for my taste.
    However it was just right to sweeten my oatmeal.
    It made it crunchy and peanut buttery The next time I made a batch and replaced the maple syrup with water.
    It came out perfect and took 50 g of sugar out of the batch. Hope this helps people who need to keep their glucose intake down.

  22. Chris says

    Thank you for this recipe. I often make it with pecans and cranberries. I’ve thought about leaving the peanut butter out, would I just add extra honey or will the PB need replacing with something similar?

  23. Lin says

    I made this last night and it is as good as it gets. I did made a few modifications/choices to make this as healthy as possible: use homemade date syrup as the sweetener (blend equal amount of dates and boiling water), replace chocolate chips with cocoa nibs, choose almond butter over peanut butter. I think roasting the oats and nuts elevate the flavors. For nuts, i used a combination of almond, pumpkin seeds and sun flower seeds. I added cinnamon and vanilla extract.

    This is going to disappear quickly in my family! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Lin. We are so glad to hear it turned out well! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • Traci Martens says

        I love these bars! Thank you so much for the recipe. I’ve made them twice now and I’m not going to stop anytime soon! Lol
        I’m going to make them again tomorrow for my aunt. She loves trying new recipes, especially when they are reasonably good for you.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Amazing! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Traci. Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  24. Karen G. says

    I’ve made this recipe many times and people have loved them! I use pecans instead of almonds, just because I like them more. I usually use honey and think the bars taste better with honey than with maple syrup. I always roasted my oats and pecans first. And I add a good shake of cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanialla. One tip: I melt the honey and peanut butter together in a large bowl in the microwave, then add the rest of the ingredients to that bowl.

  25. CM says

    I’ve made these twice, the second time I added chopped dried apricots. Both were delicious! From the uk I find cup measurements difficult, so was unsure of the proportions and more or less guessed& I think I probably added more maple syrup and peanut butter . Might you be able to provide the weights of ingredients?x

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Chopped apricots sound like a lovely addition! You can find the weight measurements by clicking “metric” beneath the ingredients header. Hope that helps!

    • Sarah Fink says

      I live in the Middle East and they have tons of dates here so was very excited when I found this recipe! I found something called date paste at the grocery store and used that instead of blending the dates. I followed the recipe instructions using almonds and crunchy peanut butter (what we had in hand) and roasting the oats. They turned out delicious but a little too much date flavor than I like and not enough peanut butter taste. (It could be that the date paste was more concentrated than using just regular dates.) Any suggestions for how to adjust the date and peanut butter proportions without compromising the consistency?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hm, we aren’t sure that would work as dates are much stickier. Perhaps another dried fruit though. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  26. Danielle says

    Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    Can you bake these bars instead of freezing?
    I made the first batch and they came out delicious frozen! (they disappeared in 2 days between 2 people!).

    However I wanted to be able to take the bars away with me on a day out, and found that the frozen ones become soft after a few hours of being out of the freezer).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them. Danielle! We haven’t tried baking them, but another reader mentioned baking for 15 minutes. We’d think they would need a bit of coconut oil to firm up though. You could try replacing some of the peanut butter with a little coconut oil. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

    • Lara says

      Tried these yesterday and they taste amazing! Best recipe I’ve found. The only problem was that they turned out less like bars and more like granola because they crumbled completely. Perhaps less oats and more dates and/or honey and PB next time?
      Suggestions are welcome. Thanks

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Lara, it sounds like the dates may not have been fresh and sticky? We’d suggest soaking them in warm water for 10 minutes (then drain) to help with binding next time. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maya, we’re not sure we understand your question. We’d recommend baking them in the oven.

  27. Soledad says

    These bars are fantastic. I ran into one little problem while making them and that was the ratio of peanut butter and honey. I used a quarter cup of each as suggested and when I went to mix with the oats, it was clearly not enough. Added another quarter cup of each and that was the perfect amount.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Interesting! This one has been a reader favorite. Is it possible the dates you were using weren’t fresh and sticky? That’s what provides most of the binding.

      • Lily says

        @ Soledad perhaps Are you perhaps using natural peanut butter? Because if you’re using conventional peanut butter, like Jif or Skippy, that is more firm and less runny.

  28. Julian says

    Okay, I just had to comment!

    When I was making this, I was definitely worried, LOL. As I was mixing, the ingredients weren’t coming together as I thought they would, and I thought to myself “well, I’ve done something wrong, I’m just going to flatten, throw in the freezer, and hope for the best.” Well, I was completely wrong! It came out perfect!!!

    I absolutely love this recipe–it’s perfectly sweet and nutty. I threw in some chocolate chips, but it totally doesn’t need them. I am so happy I found this recipe and no longer have to purchase the processed granola bars at the store anymore! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!!! :)

  29. Nancy B. says

    These are delicious, easy to make and easy to customize to what you like. I added dried cherries and blueberries and chia seeds. I toasted the oats and almonds for 7 minutes. Everyone in the family loved them!

  30. Ashley says

    The only thing I have as a blender is a magic bullet. And it was a definite no-go for blending the dates. So I just warmed them on the stove with the almond butter and maple syrup and it worked fine to mash them up.

  31. jen says

    I see the nutritional content per one bar at the bottom but how many grams are in one bar? — I LOVE this recipe by by the way! Thank You

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it! We don’t have a precise measurement, but perhaps about 60 grams.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sabine, we’d suggest another dried fruit, such as apricots or prunes. You can also search the comments to see what others have tried. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words in the post and comments.

    • Amanda says

      I really love this recipe. I have made it nearly every weekend since going vegan 6 months ago. It’s so fun adding different ingredients like sunflower seeds, cashews, chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds. Thanks! Live this site🙂

  32. Jen says

    Is it possible to make it without added sweetener or is it necessary to get them to stick? The dried fruit is borderline too much sugar for me already.

  33. Aude says

    This is soooo good!!!! I just replaced the almonds with half walnuts and half pecan and the bars are so good!!! Full of natural flavours, moist and crunchy. Considering it is the first time I do granola bars, I think I have found my go-to recipe!!!! Thank for sharing.

  34. Chelsea says

    I just made these last night and they are amazing! I did opt to toast the oats and almonds, used honey and added dried mixed berries. I was a little nervous about the dates bc we just have a blender, but it worked perfectly! The ingredients combined beautifully and with little effort. I used parchment paper and a glass baking dish- and the glass to flatten them, which was an excellent tip! My family loves them!!!

      • Alexandra says

        This was my first time making granola bars and I’m so glad I went with this recipe! So quick, simple, filling, yet HEALTHY & DELICIOUS! I swapped Sunbutter for PB and pecans for almonds. I added dried blueberries for the mix in. Couldn’t have been better and I love how easy it is to customize it for a variety.

  35. Yahja says

    I just made this and it came out really good! Next time I’ll be a little more creative with optional add-ins, but this basic recipe is already very tasty.
    I have just 2 questions: how low will it keep in the fridge? And; I was recommending this recipe to my friend but she is allergic to pretty much all nuts/most seeds. What could she use instead of a nut butter and nuts?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Yahja, we’re so glad it turned out well! The bars will keep at least 3-4 days in the fridge, probably up to 1-2 weeks. Hmm, we’d suggest sunflower and pumpkin seeds if she can have those? Or maybe rice puffs? You may be able to find other ideas by doing a search in the comments. Hope that helps!

  36. Pricegirl says

    Really yummy and easy to make. I toasted the oats and almonds as suggested as I like a toasty flavour. I used crunchy peanut butter as I didn’t have smooth, and added a quarter cup of sunflower seeds and a quarter cup of dried cranberries!

  37. Mia says

    aaaaaaaamaaaaazzzzinng…loving them so much. I will try another batch with date paste not using the good medjool. How much past will I have to use? By not I could eat it all day long! Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love it! I’m not sure how much date paste exactly but I’d start with 1/2 cup? Let us know how it goes!

      • Mia says

        Will make another batch this weekend trying date paste …I will keep you updated….the medjools themself are pure gold….I enjoy them as a snack….too delicious in that bar. But knowing me I am sure I will not like the taste of the date paste…unwilling let you know!
        Can I use hazelnuts or walnuts instead of almonds? Would like to try some variations using the nuts from last years harvest.

        • Mia says

          Just tried to use date paste. It is harder to combine, less sweet but it works out just nice. Of course using fresh dates is more indulgent but I think it is ok. I used 120 g date paste following the rest of the recipient as suggested. The paste is quite hard and dry so I stirred it on very low heat with the maple Sirup and the peanut butter adding all ingriedients one by one. Finally adding dried gojies and kneading it with my hands. Came out quite nice I guess. Now it sits in the freezer but I already tried…still yummy, less sweet a little more dry.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that, Kate! It sounds like the dates were too dry. Did you see this note: if your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, you can soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will help them blend better and hold the bars together better. But ideally, you can find fresh, sticky moist dates.

  38. Josie M says

    These are the bomb. Make them just as described (toast the oats & nuts), no optional add-ins. I make them into 12 bars and have one every night. I’ve made them 3 or 4 times and love them!

    • Janine says

      I made this with agave syrup and it was so wonderful. I didn’t have an oven so I toasted the oats using pan. I think the flavor was just heavenly.

      Just a quick question. Your instructions say to roughly chop the almonds but in the pictures the almonds are whole. Was it just for the aesthetics? Or if both are okay, which one do you recommend doing? Thanks a lot.

  39. Marjorie M says

    The nutrition info says sodium 3 mg. But one of the ingredients is salted peanut butter, so that doesn’t seem correct. Maybe more like 25 mg per serving?

  40. Lainey says

    I never comment but had to say that I make these a couple of times a month and they are the best! They taste so much better than store-bought granola bars and aren’t loaded with processed junk. My favorite variation is subbing toasted pistachios for half the almonds and adding raisins or dried cranberries.

  41. Freya says

    Hi I love how these are so quick and grab and go. I never have time in the morning! I just wanted to let you know that I included this recipe in my roundup of my favorite healthy breakfast recipes.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  42. Ingrid says

    These are sooooooo good…! I left out the syrup since my dates were super sticky and, as suspected, the bars still turned out deliciously sweet. I also used sunflower seeds instead of almonds. Toasting the seeds and oats worked well for me – it added to the crunch which I loved! Oh, and I drizzled melted dark chocolate over half the batch, because chocolate ;)

  43. Tammy says

    Loved these! They are so delicious! I did a mix of toasted almonds and pecans and added hemp seeds. I haven’t finished them and I’m already planning my next batch.

  44. Jon says

    Sorry I didn’t leave a rating. I was so happy with what I’d made that I pressed post comment too soon. To be clear this recipe deserves 5 stars. I’ll try double portions next time. I only made them on Saturday and now they have all gone. I’ve made a few things from this site, all good.😀

  45. Jon says

    Great recipe, works really well. I Mixed in some hazelnuts, cashews and peanuts either the almonds (same proportion) I also dropped in some dried cranberries with the dates. Oh, and I couldn’t resist adding a teaspoon of cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe😀

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Jon. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • Greta says

        Hello!
        I want to do them today, but have a question. Whom I can change dates? Raisins also not the option😢

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Greta, maybe another dried fruit? Such as apricots or prunes? You can also search the comments to see what others have tried. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words in the post and comments.

        • Alyson says

          I used figs instead of dates (I had the big Costco bag too) and it worked well! I just had to tear off the stem on each end before throwing in the food processor

  46. Darcy J Johnson says

    OMG…Thanks so much for this recipe…Absolutely love it! I did substitute the oats for pumpkin seed granola…So delicious… :) Been trying to figure a good use for the large container of dates I bought from Costco.

  47. A says

    Do you know how much date paste I can use instead of measuring the dates before the food processor? I do not own a food processor and the store sells date paste where I live.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, good question! We aren’t sure of an exact measurement, but maybe ~1/4 cup? Another idea would be to compare the sugar content of 1 cup dates with the amount in your date paste to determine an equivalent amount. Hope that helps!

  48. Emily says

    These turned out really well and a much better consistency than store-bought ones. They don’t hold together super well unless I keep them in the freezer, but that’s fine by me. This was my first time using dates, so maybe there was a misstep somewhere. I couldn’t find packed dates, so I just got regular fresh pitted ones and soaked them first cause they were a bit dry I thought. Maybe my cup was too heaping or I didn’t wait long enough when I put them through the food processor.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Emily! We’d say try adding a few more dates next time. Packed just refers to packing them down in the measuring cup when measuring. Hope that helps for next time!

  49. Stephanie says

    Wow, these turned out delicious! I’ll be making these regularly. Thank you so much for the recipe :)

  50. Tamsyn says

    Wow, wow, wow! These are amazing! Here in South Africa there are these peanut-butter bars we usually buy that are a family favorite, but we couldn’t get them this weekend. I was looking for an alternative that I could make at home and these didn’t disappoint (insert relieved sigh…) The whole, toasted almonds are little gems of crunchy yummyness. I added some cranberries, pecans and vanilla, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly .

    Thanks and blessings from SA :)

    • Lauren Kramer says

      Hi! I would like to make a bar that is good to take on the go that won’t turn soft and mushy if it is not in the fridge or freezer. Would these be a good one to make or do you have another one that would be better out of the house?

  51. Linda Six says

    I made these bars and they are delicious as well as being very versitile.
    Since not everything required was in my cupboard, I made some changes. But, they too, turned out great.
    I didn’t have any dates so used prunes instead. Since the prunes are fairly sweet , I didn’t add maple syrup or agave nectar but simply used Apple Cider that I had in the fridge. I think any juice would work.
    I roasted the oatmeal, almonds, and a cup of shredded coconut , altogether on a rimmed cookie sheet- 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes then mixed them with the wet ingredients. After cooling for about 10 minutes, added 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.
    My husband and I both loved them. And I will be making them again.

  52. Matt White says

    This recipe is excellent. Really simple and tastes great. Leave them in the freezer and eat them frozen. For some reason the sweetness from the bar and the cold makes for a great pairing.

    I

  53. Jenn says

    I made a batch last night using what I had on hand. I used a mixture of fresh dates and dried apricots. I don’t have a food processor so I chopped these down very finely. I also chopped salted mixed nuts into smaller pieces and added dried cranberries. Sweetened with maple syrup. I tasted tbe mixture and it was good. I opted to mix in some cinnamon and a sprinkling of salt to punch up the salty sweet contrast. Will be making all variations of this fantastic base recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  54. Belinda says

    Wow, so delicious! I added raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dark chocolate and desiccated coconut as my extras. Stored most of it in the freezer for breastfeeding snacks in a couple weeks time

  55. Alicia Cook says

    Love this! I’ve just finished my first attempt and am about to jump straight in and do a double batch. Thank you! The perfect recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Perhaps another dried fruit? We’d recommend scanning the comments to see what others have tried!

  56. Rupen Shah says

    A great simple recipe, though more washing than i would like (lol!). You need to firmly pat down the mixture to form your bars otherwise they start to fall apart. I added melted chocolate instead of maple syrup to the mixture and this seemed to help with the binding of the mixture. Such a wonderful, simple and healthy recipe.

  57. Usha says

    Hello, just wondering if it is possible to substitute dried apricots for dates as looking for something lower in sugar? Will apricots hold the shape of the bars? Thanks

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ursha, we haven’t tried it, but we think some other readers have done so with success. To see what others have tried, you can press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words (such as “apricots”) in the post and comments. Hope that helps!

  58. Shelley Krause says

    I love this recipe! I make these all the time since it’s easy, and fun to add other ingredients. They’re great for a snack (squares, so I don’t eat the whole bar) or a quick breakfast bar. I’ve found that the whole fresh medjool dates are easier to blend if I cut them in half as I put them into to measuring cup. I have a small, cheap processor from Lowe’s and use the chop option. It takes a minute or two before it creates a ball of dates. The only time I had trouble was with dried dates. When I first tried the recipe, I took the suggestion and now always roast the oats and chopped almonds. I use a natural nut butter, honey and a little maple syrup tapped from a friend’s tree. I put it all in a bowl and keep folding it together and pressing. Once in a 9×9 pan, I use a measuring cup to press it so it stays together. I just follow the directions. Today I added a little grated apple and it made the bars more moist and tasty. Grated apple or not, the bars are always tasty!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing your tips and tricks, Shelley! We’re so glad you enjoy them!

  59. Meg says

    So I made these today and it won’t be the last time either. I didn’t have any dates so I used chopped apricots instead. They worked really well and held together nicely. Also added some chocolate chips and a pinch of salt.
    Looking forward to enjoying more tomorrow!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Meg. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • Zoe says

        These bars are amazing! I didn’t have rolled oats on hand so I used steel cut oats instead, and they turned out great. I added chocolate chips and dried cherries, which made them even more irresistible. Wonderful recipe!

  60. Bhavesh says

    Loved this granola bar recipe. It is really great. Thanks for sharing this post with all of us.

  61. Anna-Lea says

    I have made these several times for myself and loved them. I recently made a batch for my daughter who is super fussy and can’t have almonds and in addition I was out of loads of pantry stuff. I just used what I had and they came out fantastic! I added sesame seeds and dessicated coconut and a few choc chips.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Anna-Lea. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  62. Caden says

    I have mixed feelings about this recipe. I’ve made it twice now and all the problems I’ve experienced come down to the fact I have yet to encounter a kitchen appliance that can actually process dates. I’ve bought two different kinds of dates and they’re both too dense for my two blenders or my food processor. The blades just get stuck. The first batch I made was very delicious (although too sweet with the honey added to the dates) but it was nearly impossible to combine the ingredients – even by hand. The second time I made it, I cut the honey (too sweet, so added olive oil to get moisture without sugar) and cut the dates up finely with a knife in place of a food processor, but then the granola bars were too dry/crumbly. They taste great though. I think using natural peanut butter instead of smooth commercial peanut butter also decreases the moisture content. I haven’t gotten the recipe tweaking just right yet – but they’re yummy enough to keep trying! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Caden, have you tried soaking the dates in warm water for ~10 minutes first to help them soften? It sounds like they might be too hard for the food processor.

      • Caden says

        Hi, I made the recipe again with that advice, and it helped a little but my food processor and blender both still couldn’t handle it. I eventually was able to get them chopped up enough by adding oil and peanut butter and doing smaller amounts in the appliance at a time. My girlfriend agreed with me that it was the best-tasting batch yet. Thank you for responding though! I seem to be the only commenter who has run into this issue.

        • Lara says

          Hi Caden, when chopping the dates in the food processor cut them some then add a little at a time of apple juice, just to keep the blades moving and the dates do not get crumbly. The apple juice is a bonus in the flavor! Good luck

          • Shelley Krause says

            Hi, Caden, I haven’t left a review yet, but I will today after I finish the batch in working on. I love this recipe and so does my husband whose eyes light up when he sees the ingredients out. I’ve found that the whole fresh medjool dates are easier to blend when I cut them in half as I put them into to measuring cup. I have a small, cheap processor from Lowe’s and use the chop option. It takes a minute or two before it creates a ball of dates. The only time I had trouble was with dried dates. Good luck! Shelley

    • Wen says

      I make a lot of raw food recipes using dates (always medjool — not the deglet noor variety) and the first step is *always* to soak them (for a couple of hours, or overnight). The soaked dates process much more easily. They will still “ball up” and be kind of gloppy, but they do eventually break down into a thick sort of paste.

      Don’t leave the dates to soak on the kitchen counter if you have ants visiting you. Also, save the soak water to use as a sweetener (e.g., added to a drink or smoothie or as liquid in some other recipe). Medjool dates are fairly pricey, so best to get maximum use out of them! :-)

  63. Ron Julio says

    I accidentally used sweetened dates so the result was a little too sweet when combining with maple syrup. I added more peanut butter to help hold the bars together since my blender was not getting the job done with the dates. Unfortunately it was still not enough to keep most of them together. I wish I had paid attention to your notes or read some of the comments for additional insight on keeping the dates sticky. It was my first time trying it though and I’ll hopefully learn from my mistakes next time. It was still tasty in a bowl! Thanks for the help!

  64. Carrie says

    Easy and tasty. I’m allergic to almonds so I sub for cashews and add a bit coconut to toast with the oats. I like to cut them up and then store them in the freezer so they stay fresh, and they don’t take long to thaw. These are a great alternative to store bought granola bars, if you’re concerned about sugar content or allergies.

  65. Missy says

    This was great! I subbed sultanas for dates (with a little water in the blender) and changed oats to one cup with 1/2 cup muesli.

    • Christie says

      Hi. I can’t have any whole or chopped nuts, not because I’m allergic (I’m not) but because they worsen a digestive condition. Do you think this would be ok without them?

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Christie, we haven’t tried it, but maybe subbing dried fruit for the almonds would work? It looks like another reader used dried cranberries with success.

  66. Sara C says

    So simple and so delicious! I did make a few little tweaks, but will definitely make again. I omitted the honey as I didn’t want them too sweet, and the dates were plenty sweet enough for me. I did add some hot water in its place, though this may also have been needed because my dates were dried and I didn’t soak (will do that next time!). I also tried to use a powdered peanut butter (made up with water) and it worked well, though as it was unsalted I added some sea salt separately (it needed it!). Also didn’t toast the oats or nuts, which I will do next time.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried it, but some other readers have mentioned doing so with success! Let us know if you try it!

  67. Julia says

    I absolutely love this recipe and have made it four or five times now. I don’t like dates so use apricots. I also use maple syrup and unsalted natural peanut butter.

    The result is a slightly soft bar rather than a hard one but the nuts still add crunch so I’m happy ?. I always keep them in the freezer to stop me eating them all but it’s great to have something healthy and filling on hand . I have shared it with loads of people.

    Thank you,

  68. bethany says

    I made this recipe twice this week and it was a home run with my family!!! They are truly delicious. I added maple syrup instead of honey because that is what I had and I added a little brown sugar because I have a sweet tooth. This recipe Is the best!

    • Sue says

      This is the second batch that I have just made. Simple and easy recipe and delicious bars. I used almond butter instead of peanut butter and chucked in some dried blueberries and sultanas. They are great. I froze them last time and they lasted me a week. I kept eating them as they were so yummy.

  69. Katie Simmons says

    I made these bars but they totally crumbled apart on me. I swapped out the honey for maple syrup for vegan bars and added 1/2 dried blueberries. I followed the directions but they didn’t hold together at all. I was really disappointed, especially with how good your recipes usually turn out

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that, Katie. Were your dates moist and sticky? That’s what helps hold these together.

  70. Amy says

    I make these weekly for me and my husband and toddler- they are so easy and delicious! I add the 1 cup nuts/seeds (I like to mix it up) in the food processor with the dates so I don’t have chunks my toddler could choke on- The mixture works beautifully- highly recommend these!!!

      • Landry says

        I made with quick-cooking oats and they were just as good! I also used half dates and half prunes, and I added about 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds. Both alterations worked well. The sesame added a nice savory note! Thanks for a great recipe.

  71. Shay says

    Delicious and most importantly (to me at least), easy!!! I added dried cranberries, dark chocolate chunks, and chia seeds. Next time I plan on adding dried apricots and pistachios to the mix.

  72. Daniel says

    Hi just wanted to ask other than flavour, are the dates essential in this recipe? E.g. are they required for texture, to hold the bar together, etc.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lovely! Thanks, Aya! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  73. Gabriella D’Aquila says

    I made these bars to ship to my aunt in California. I figured they would be something that would ship well. I subbed out some of the dates with dried apricots and I definitely recommend toasting the almonds and oats. They tasted amazing! Might have to make some for myself

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great! Thanks for sharing, Gabriella! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  74. Olivia says

    Trying to find an oat bar recipe that I can send to my boyfriend while deployed overseas. Do you think these would last the 8 days it takes to ship priority? its still a cold climate where he is.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Olivia, These keep for about 3-4 days at room temperature, though perhaps the cooler climate would allow them to keep longer? Hard to say for sure!

  75. cynthia says

    i am trying it but not following the recipe.
    i didn’t have dates on hand.
    i used prunes and some old dry cranberry and muscats.
    added cranberry wine to moisten dried fruit subs and some peanut oil to the almond butter because it was too dry.
    i wasn’t paying attention to recipe and going by the last one in my head and put em in in oven for 10 min at 350 degrees.
    im going to toss some choco chips on top when it is out of the oven so they melt over then chill.

    cant wait to try em. thank you for the simplified recipe.

  76. nathan childs says

    If all the ingredients are shelf stable, why why wouldn’t the bars last more than a few days in a container? I’m looking fir something longer shelf stable

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nathan, they may last longer, depending on the temperature of the room. You could keep them in the refrigerator to keep longer.

  77. Jessy says

    Omg these are soooo yummy!! Never met a minimalist baker recipe I didn’t like :) these were easy and quick to make. I definitely recommend toasted the almonds and oats because it gives the bars such an amazing flavor! I omitted the honey and 1.5’d the recipe to make a total of 15 bars. I subbed chia seeds to help get the texture right and keep them from crumbling. My only complaint is they turned out to be a little high calorie than the typical bar such as an Rx or kind bar, but they do seem to keep me full for a while!
    My recipe:
    * 1.5 c almonds
    * 2.25 c rolled oats
    * .5 c peanut butter
    * 20 dates
    * 2 T chia soaked in 3 T water for 5 min
    * Additional 3 T water added to mix
    Nutrition: 250 cal, 12 g fat, 34 g carbs, 8 G protein, 0 g added sugar, 20 g sugar from dates

  78. Magz says

    This is not my first time making these delicious bars. I’m making a double batch this morning because my daughter’s friends are requesting them again?. I’ve got the oats and almonds in the oven so I thought I’d take a moment to say THANK YOU again for sharing this easy wholesome recipe. It gives me pleasure to see my family grab these before work or the gym! P.s. I’ve tried it with figs too, and it works well, for those who don’t eat dates.

  79. Pam Karkow says

    Ok, so I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the flavor of these and how easy they were to make. But mine didn’t really stay together. I wonder if it was the whole almonds, and if they would still work with chopped almonds? Maybe they would stay together better? Just wondering if anyone has tried. I am on the hunt for the perfect bar that I can pack in my boys’ lunchboxes because I am so sick of the prepackaged junk. Also, my big boys have braces and the almonds were hard for them to chew, so wondering if chopping the almonds would help in that regard as well. Would love any feedback!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Chopping might help! Also, make sure the dates are sticky! If they are dry, that can cause the bars to not stick together well.

      • Pam says

        I bet that was the problem. Some of my dates were a little dry, others sticky. My sister just recommended buying dates at Costco, so I will try that. I really love these and the minimal ingredients so I want to make them work! Thank you so much!!!

      • Arnina Newsome says

        I love this recipe.
        I added:
        – chocolate chips
        – shredded coconut
        – flax seeds
        – dried goji berries
        That was for this batch.

        Chopped up dates and just hand mixed everything. Put in freezer overnight. Then broke into pieces and put in small ziplock bags. Do they are ready to grab and go. ?

        Next batch gets white chocolate chips ?.

        Love, love, love this recipe.

        Thanks

  80. Sabrina says

    Love the recipe and how easy it was to put together! II used dried prune instead of dates, as i like the tartness and lower sugar level. Added shredded coconut and dried blueberry – gobbled up my first bar and had to resist eating more!
    Will be sure to try other combis soon.

  81. Helene says

    Did this recipe yesterday in a rush before picking up kids, it had just cooled enough by the time we came home. Warm weather had the chocolate chips melt in the recipe and gave an AMAZING results. So fast to make for such perfect result…Thank you!

  82. Dominique says

    Very pleased with this quick, easy no-bake recipe for healthy energy bars. My 10 year old loves them and has asked me to make them nut free so she can take them in her lunch!

    Thanks :)

  83. Florence says

    Made these last week and I could not stop thinking about them!! They are so good and filling and delicious and sooooo easy to make
    I added almonds, flax seeds, dairy-free dark chocolate and dried cranberries to mine. I can’t wait to try other variations :)
    Thank you so much for this!!!

  84. Jackie Cooley says

    I love love love this recipe! 5Stars for sure. Super simple and packed with flavor, and nutrients. I have made it 3 times. Great snack to take on the go, to work, anywhere! I played around with other ingredients and also added flax, chia seeds, pistachios, 1/2 cup coconut, dried apricots, sunflower seeds, sea salt, tsp of vanilla, and I used sliced almonds instead of whole. BEST part!!! I roasted the oatmeal and sliced almonds (see step 2), takes it to a whole new level!!!!!

  85. Tara says

    I found this recipe a few years ago and I make them all the time. I even make them in large batches and freeze them. Sometimes we toast the nuts, we always change up the dried fruit, sometimes we add protein powder. The variations are endless. Excellent recipe, thanks so much for sharing.

  86. May Dai says

    I just made this granola bar today, taste very good and healthy. My family members love it, except that it is too sweet. Can I reduce or replace the maple syrup from something else and doesn’t affect the texture and taste? I used medjool. Is it sweeter than dates? Thank you for your recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, it’s a little tricky as the sweetener helps hold it together. But maybe try increasing the nut butter and reducing the maple syrup? Let us know how it goes!

  87. Glenn says

    This recipe is great! I used about 10-12 pitted medjool dates and used hazelnuts and walnuts instead of almonds. I mixed almond butter with 1/2 honey and 1/2 maple syrup. I found it to be easier to keep everything in the food processor and mix it there. It all turned into a ball, which I pressed into a rectangular pyrex dish with parchment paper along the bottom and up the side to pull out the bars when done. I was wondering: could this also work with other dried fruit, like dried figs, apricots or peaches?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Glenn, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! Other dried fruits might work- though depending on the stickiness of the fruit, they may not hold together quite as well. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

      • Glenn says

        I experimented today using organic dried mangoes from Costco instead of dates. The mangoes were a little dry when I put them in the food processor so they just spun around without breaking apart. I ended up pulling out the mangoes and soaking them in hot water for about 10 minutes, then I drained the water, placed the mangoes in food processor and they broke up just fine. They didn’t turn into a ball, but when I added the rest of the ingredients, they had the right consistency for me to press into my pan. They had a nice brightness that worked well with the rest of the ingredients. Thanks–Now I have a delicious recipe for date granola bars and mango granola bars!

  88. Tanvi says

    Was so excited to try this, I doubled the ingredients for more bars but sadly mine didn’t turn crunchy at all they are quite soft. Not sure what went wrong.

  89. Michael Bui says

    I just made this. Super yummy! Accidentally made with peanut butter instead of almond butter but that means I will have to make again.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Walnuts should work! Are you planning to sub the mashed banana for the dates? We aren’t sure it would stick together as well. Let us know if you try it!

  90. Julie says

    These are one of the best things I’ve ever made!!!! I used raw almonds. raw sunflower seeds and pepitas and they turned out beyond perfect. Everyone now asks me to make these for them. Thank you so much for the recipe. ?

  91. Lucille Commey says

    Eating these right now and currently in love !! I melted some dark chocolate i had lying around and drizzled it on top, sprinkled a little sea salt. Oh my Lord.

  92. Mijochrist says

    Ben Hello. I thing sugar syrop binds the other dried ingradients more than dates and honey, and you might not need to put the product in the fridge.

  93. Ben says

    Hi these look really great I really want to give them a go! I just want to ask do I need to include the dates in the bars? Could I just use a small pinch of sugar or just add more honey instead?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ben, the dates act as a binder and we don’t think sugar would have quite the same effect. Honey might work a little better, but dates will hold them together best. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

  94. Gabe Islander says

    I don’t have dates in the house now… and the weather is frightful. Do you think dried cranberries might substitute?

    Thank you kindly.

  95. Michelle says

    I made these granola bars this morning and they were absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I followed the recipe exactly, toasting the almonds and oats as well . I mixed all the ingredients together with my hands. Any tips on cutting the bars more evenly so that each one is more consistent in calories?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them! We wonder whether wetting the knife prior to cutting might help? Not sure!

  96. Rachel Korman says

    Love it!!! Just got done making these and had to review. They are so hearty and amazing. How long can they keep in the freezer?

  97. Steve Langille says

    I have two questions:

    1. Does the oats need to be cooked first OR are these the 5-min quick oats?
    2. With the ingredients outlined in this recipe is it cheaper to make these yourself OR buy them pre-made from the grocery store?

  98. Shannon says

    I made these bars today and let me just say, WOW! Glad I doubled the recipe! I used a 9×13 pan and they came out perfectly. These are so tasty that I am having trouble staying out of them. Made them for the kids school lunches and snacks. I will definitely be using this recipe again with some added dried fruits or chocolate chips. Love how easy it will be to make a variety of flavors with it.
    Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Shannon. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  99. Ela says

    Hi hi! So i bought dates and made this :) the dates formed a thick ball pretty quickly , but i had a big problem mixing it with the oats and the almonds! I ended up trying to break it up with my fingers. Also after the freezer when i tried to cut everything turned into sort of a crumble. Any thoughts on how to make it better next time?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’d suggest scooping the dates out of the food processor once it forms a ball, then pulsing the nuts and oats, and adding the dates back in in little scoops. That should help!

      • Jessika S says

        Hi there,
        I had the same issue and had a really hard time mixing the date mixture back into the oat/almost. Just clarifying, after pulling the dates out and pulsing the oats/almonds, do you put the dates into the food processor and pulse with almonds and oats? Any role for adding water to the dates if this happens? Thanks!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Yes! That’s correct. If the dates have a hard time blending in, it was possible they were too dry or stiff to begin with. I always recommend buying fresh, sticky dates. HOwever, if your dates are stiff you could try soaking them in warm water for 10 minutes, then draining before blending. But if you’re at this point, having a hard time blending and there’s no going back, you could add more nut butter or honey to help the blending process. Hope that helps!

    • Shannon says

      Hi. I added the warmed honey and peanut butter mixture to my dates/oats/nuts mixture and mixed together by hand. Tried with a spoon for a minute and said to heck with it. Dove in with both hands and it all mixed up super easy for me this way. I only had wished that I had the parchment paper and pan ready at that point. Hands were pretty sticky! Lol
      Covered with saran wrap and refrigerated for 30 minutes. Came out perfect. Hope this helps!

  100. Carolyn says

    I made these this morning and they are so good. I later looked at the nutritional values. I’m assuming the higher sugar content is due to the dates? A natural sugar. And I think I will add chia seeds next time I make them. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  101. courtney says

    OK – I am not the handiest or most adventurous in the kitchen. But my 3 athletic kids have been plowing through high-end protein bars. It was expensive at $8 per box of 4 RX bars and they still had additives I wasn’t crazy about, and a texture my kids didn’t love. So I tried these and they are simply AWESOME! Easy to make, minimal ingredients, and the kids love them. Everyone gets one a day before their practice, and they really do sustain them before dinner. I am now making them twice a week, but hey – its a lot cheaper! Thank you – game changer for us!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Courtney. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  102. Loren Gebo says

    This is one of our favorite treats- ditch the store bought bars and make these! So adaptable. The add ins are endless and are sure to satisfy any flavor craving! We just made a batch with hemp seeds, coconut flakes, walnuts, and cocao nibs. Always amazing and keep so well in the fridge. I saw the comment about subbing the dates for figs- I wish I had thought of that! Looking forward to trying that next time :) thank you for inspiring us to get in the kitchen!

  103. Connie says

    I seriously love this recipe. It is my favorite kind of wonderful – easy, adaptable, and delicious! I’ve been making it for what seems like forever, but it can’t be that long… we haven’t had the internet forever.

    I have tried it with almond, sunflower, and peanut butter – all fabulous. I have changed up the nuts, added sunflower, pumpkin, chia, and sesame seeds (always toasted with the oats), all manner of dried fruit – raisins, craisins, currants, whatever is in the pantry, mini chips… seriously anything goes. I just keep the ratios the same, so it will hold together.

    My only (always) sub is figs – I trade out some, or all of the dates for dried figs. I just prefer the taste and sweetness. I can’t take a lot of sweet and figs seem to take the sweetness down a notch, without sacrificing the sticky factor. I almost always use honey, and not as much as called for – just enough to hold everything together – it’s that sweet thing again.

    Seriously, thank you for a forever-favorite recipe! I have shared it often and will love it always!

  104. Tamarra Edwards says

    Used this recipe for a work buffet with a healthy theme and they went down a storm!
    The recipe was quick and easy to follow and I will definitely be making it again.

  105. Ray says

    Super simple recipe delivers truly satisfying granola bars. I cut the sweet stuff (honey) by 2 thirds as I found them a little sweet, but just excellent

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Ray. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  106. DJC says

    I have made this recipe several times now and I always have problems with it being crumbly and falling apart when I cut it. I follow the recipe exactly, and keep it in the fridge overnight before cutting. But, it still ends up a crumbly mess. It just doesn’t seem like 1/4 cup of pb and 1/4 cup of honey is enough to hold it together.

      • DJC says

        Well, the first time I tried chopping the dates in a food processor, I ended up with a big sticky ball that I couldn’t incorporate into the mixture easily. So, now I’m using pre-choped dates, which are probably not as sticky. Maybe next time I will try chopping the dates by hand. Results are yummy, either way!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Benny, sorry to hear you found it too sweet. The dates act as a binder, so we wouldn’t recommend reducing them, but you could try reducing the maple syrup or honey and see if that is more to your preference. Hope that helps!

  107. Shelton says

    I made these tonight with my husband and they are ssssoooo good! This was my first time trying dates and they are delicious. My bars didn’t cut quite as pretty as the pictures so I’m thinking I added too many oats but they still taste amazing! I’m so glad I found this recipe because store bought granola bars have wayyyy too much sugar. Thank you! :)

  108. Olivia Colombo says

    I made this recipe to add a healthy snack to my busy workday eating routine. It is excellent! Very simple ingredients but produce an amazing flavored bar. I was worried that the dates would make it taste too much like a Lara Bar, but it was far from that and much more delicious. A few recipe notes, I modified it by adding chocolate chips which melted nicely after adding the heated honey and substituted almond butter for peanut butter, toasted oats, flax and chia seeds, along with cacao nibs for some crunch, and ended up pulsing the dough back in the food processor to make the consistency more smooth. I highly recommend this recipe!

  109. Rhonda says

    Just made these this aft and my son (he’s 21) and I love them!

    I didn’t bother with roasting the oats or almonds – I was aiming for super simple (aka lazy). I kept the almond pieces nice & big (love the crunch) and added some sliced ones I had on hand too.

    I used unsweetened almond butter (a little more than called for) and maple syrup. After a largely failed attempt to process the dates, I tossed those in the pan too (… with the odd bit of oats because I’d tossed the mangled dates in the bowl with them before deciding to heat the dates up). That made it much easier to mix all the ingredients together!

    I happened to have some flax seed, chia and currants so I added roughly a couple tablespoons of each.

    I used an 8×11 pan and cut them into smaller bars so I can decide if I want just one bite … or 6.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Rhonda! The dates can stick together a bit, but shouldn’t be too difficult to handle.

  110. Tonya says

    Has anyone ever used protein powder in these? I’m sure I can, just don’t know if I need to add/subtract/substitute anything? Thanks!

  111. Tonya says

    Super little recipe! Easy and quick! The second time I made them I opted to add the processed dates to the heated maple syrup and cashew butter, it was easier to combine. Chopped pistachios and almonds (because I only had a 1/4 cup of almonds in the pantry) and added a 1/4 cup of coconut because people around here love coconut. Thanks for the inspiration!

  112. Zhanna says

    This recipe become my life time favorite. I was making this granola bars many times, adding once in a while extra ingredients, like other dries fruits, dark dairy free chocolate chips (good with dried cherries), chia seeds. Made them for my older daughter to take to college with her for quick snacks, for several people whom I just wanted to thank for something they did for me, and everybody just looooved them.
    I usually don’t write comments, but this time I feel really obliged to thank you for this awesome recipe, and for your website generally, I use your ideas very often. Grillable veggie burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, key lime pie – so yummy, and don’t require complicated ingredients.

  113. Bonnie says

    These are delicious and have been a big hit with everyone. Worst thing about them is that you want to eat too many. I have not actually been able to make them with dates yet, but have made them with prunes (once) and apricots (twice) and added some chia seeds. Dangerous!

  114. Magz says

    I made these yesterday and they’re perfect! I used agave nectar for the sweetener and added cranberries, sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes. This recipe is great and so easy! It feels good to include these in my husband’s lunch instead if the store bought bars. My daughter and her boyfriend loved them. Looks like I’ll be making them again very soon. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Magz. We are so glad you all enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  115. Jess says

    Oh my gosh these are so good! I made them to get rid of some really creepy old dates and I’m about to make my second batch with all new dates because they were that good! I roasted the almonds and oats but coarsely chopped half the almonds for some texture variation. I also added some mini dark chocolate chips and dried berries, so so yum!

  116. mielmani says

    When I saw this recipe, I thought I’d hit the jackpot, until I saw…DATES! Dates are not available in the country I’m living in right now. Would it be possible to substitute raisins and/or craisins?

    • Dwight D St John says

      I substitute with dried cranberries, dried blueberries, pine nuts, and even dried tomatoes chopped. (all produced off my property). As I get older I don’t need/want the sweetness to be overpowering no matter what else it does to you.

      I also find that maple syrup (yah, I’m in Canada) holds the material solidly together whereas honey doesn’t hold well and needs a container for packing up mountains. This also will hold you if you’re bushwhacking for three days, as you don’t want a sugar crash to mush your thinking in the wild.

      • Julia says

        This is a fantastic recipe. I have made it twice in the past week and now have a nice stock in my freezer which also stops me eating them all!

        I’m not keen on dates so used apricots along with maple syrup and natural unsalted peanut butter. I think perhaps I used too many apricots as they are quite soft but I don’t mind the that.

        I have passed this recipe on to several members of family and friends and they all love it as well.

        Thank you.

  117. Christelle says

    I just had to make these today!
    Ended up with less than a cup of almonds from the pantry, so filled it up with pistachio nuts I had (far too lazy to go to the store for a few nuts).
    The slight burst of salty pistachio is a lovely “break” from the sweet bar. Will definitely add a bit of sea salt to the next batch ( Lindt’s Sea Salt Chocolate anyone? ;) )
    I can’t eat peanut butter, so used cashew nut butter instead. Came out amazing!
    These will become staples in our home now!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Christelle. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  118. Tia Smith says

    I have loved these bars for years. I have a major sweet tooth, so when I’m working on eating healthier, I bring this recipe back out. I have shared it with friends and family, and they are always well received. I make the recipe exactly as written (I go by metric, not US measurements), but for the sake my little ones, I use sliced almonds rather than chopped. They seem to be able to chew them up better. My kids love them and are always asking if I can make them more “chocolate” bars, and I refuse to tell them that there is no chocolate in them ?
    Recently I discovered that I have an intolerance to refined sugars (honey and maple syrup are about the only sweeteners I can ingest without crippling stomach pain). For months I’ve been struggling with the idea of saying goodbye to candy and desserts. Three weeks ago I finally accepted it and eliminated refined sugars from my diet. Today I felt an almost desperate need for a candy bar. I grabbed my wallet to go to the nearest convenience store to subdue the craving, when I remembered these granola bars, my kids favorite “chocolate” bar. The hope of “indulging” without the consequences of stomach pains changed my plans. Instead of going to the convenience store, I drove to the grocery store to buy a few supplies. I came home, whipped these up and took a bite! So good! But to my surprise, it was a bit sweet for the taste buds. I guess I’ve adjusted a bit to my new, sugar-free lifestyle. ? I will definitely continue making these (but maybe with a bit less honey) and keeping them on hand for when another candy craving overtakes me! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay for healthier sweet options! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Tia. We are so glad you and your kids enjoy these!

  119. Joe says

    Hi
    Nice snack found them dry though think one cup of oats is ample will try with less next time may add bit more of the honey peanut Butter mix

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Were your dates sticky and moist? If not, that could also be why they were on the more dry side. Better luck next time!

  120. Anna Schoneker says

    I did not add the dates. I toasted the oats coconut,pumpkin & Chia seeds. For the binder I used ground hazelnut butter instead of peanutbutter. I doubled the honey & hazelnut butter to make up for lack of binder from the dates. This was a huge hit for the whole family. They especially loved the light crunch from the chia seeds & soft dense texture of the bar. Will be making more & experimenting more ingredients combos very soon.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad everyone enjoyed them, Anna! Thanks so much for the lovely review! Would love to hear more about how your experimenting goes =D

  121. Stacey says

    Hi! How many additions can I add in grams? I don’t want the mixture drying up or not sticking together.

    Thanks stacey.

  122. Ashley says

    Hardly knew what a date was and had definitely never cooked with them but wow. I followed the directions almost exactly except I used 2 tbsp pure maple syrup and 2 tbsp honey because I couldn’t choose. I added 1/3 cup chocolate chips. I’m shocked how much flavor these have and definitely don’t regret roasting oats and almonds first! Thank you! These will be made again and packed with us on our family vacation this weekend!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sometimes yes, depending on the type of blender. My vitamix has had issues with blending dates, as as my blendtec. If the dates aren’t fresh it can overheat it. For this reason, a food processor is best.

  123. Megan says

    I made these for Mother’s Day last year using dried apricots instead of dates, and they were so good! It started my mom on a homemade granola bar kick!

  124. Elizabeth says

    We loved it. My daughter can’t stop talking about how delectable it is how easy, and how she wants to make it again.

  125. Juliette says

    One of my go-to recipes! When it comes to snacking, this is one healthy classic! I reduce the maple syrup by half (dates are sweet enough for me!) and it’s perfect every time <3 Thank you so much for creating this recipe!

  126. Andi says

    Have tried many homemade granola bar recipes, and this is the one we keep coming back to! Thanks for the great recipe!

  127. Ashley says

    I came across this recipe and instantly knew I had to try because it sounded delicious, nutritious and easy to make. I split the recipe in half to make two batches so I could add different ingredients. I also used loaf pans because I knew I would be using smaller amounts. I used this recipe as a guideline and inspiration. Followed exact ingredients for oats and almonds, roasted them, and used exact measurements (1/4cup for liquid ingredients). I added a couple spoon fulls of chia seeds, almond flour, flax seeds and wheat germ. Divided into two bowls. Added maple syrup, honey, dried cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries to first batch. Added honey, peanut butter, and bananas into second batch. Spooned mixtures into loaf pans, patted down with spoon and spatula and froze. They look and smell delicious, I can’t wait to try them and share with family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us.

  128. Gina says

    So delicious!! Our family has gone gluten and dairy free and these are an excellent snack for the kids! They are sweet enough to feel like a treat, super healthy and filling!! I even eat a bar before a run!! Perfect for energy!! Thank you for creating such a stellar recipe!!