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
4.82 from 510 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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 ;)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.😀

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. Stephanie says

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

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. Bhavesh says

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

  29. 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

  30. 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! :-)

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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,

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. 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 :)

  51. 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!!!

  52. 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!!!!!

  53. 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.

  54. 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!

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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. ?

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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!

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

  64. 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?

  65. 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?

  66. 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

  67. 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!

  68. 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.

  69. 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

  70. 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!

  71. 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!

  72. 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.

  73. 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

  74. 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!

  75. 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! :)

  76. 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!

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

  80. 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.

  81. 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!

  82. 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

  83. 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!

  84. 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.

  85. 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

  86. 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!

  87. 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!

  88. 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

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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!

  92. 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.

  93. 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!

  94. Andi says

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

  95. 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.

  96. 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!!

  97. rhonda ferguson says

    i made these this morning . i burnt my almonds toasting them so i used pecans. i had a little issue with them sticking so i added a touch of water. they are amazing i also added currants next time i will follow the recipe and add mini dairy free chocolate chips.. thank you so much a grab and go breakfast or snack

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

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

  98. Cass says

    Wanted to keep the sugar as low as possible and actually didn’t have maple syrup or honey equivalent (have type 1 diabetes so these are rare in our house) so made these without and added more dates and some prunes for the base. Ended up working well so I made a few batches! Used a few variations of extras, including chia seeds, dried cranberries/goji berries and choc protein powder, so yum! Kids and hubby were pinching them before I even had them wrapped ? Thanks!

  99. Selena says

    My husband and I FREAKING love these granola bars. I used your recipe as a template, since I didn’t have almonds at the time. And, I added some Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice, because I’m feeling the Fall flavors. I can’t wait to make more when this batch runs out! Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kris, we did not do those calculations for this recipe, but you can use a nutrition database such as cronometer to input the recipe and calculate that information. Hope that helps!

  100. Dawn says

    These bars are delicious and easy to make. I started looking for a recipe for granola bars because the store-bought ones are expensive and many of them have “natural flavors.” Those flavors may be natural, but if we really knew what they were, we probably wouldn’t choose to eat them. I love this recipe because it’s made with real food and it’s simple. I was worried about the dates as I only have a mini-food processor, but they were easy to handle. I make a pan and then pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then I cut them into bars, wrap them in parchment paper and store them in the freezer. A great snack to take on-the-go!

  101. Louisa says

    I make these and they are a hit but started using natural peanut butter (only peanuts nothing added) taste is fine but find they give a little trouble to bind . Is there something I can add to help with this. Also since its not salted peanut butter wondering if I could use salted almonds.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Louisa, feel free to add a pinch of sea salt or use salted almonds! The dates help with binding, so make sure they feel sticky and moist. If they don’t, soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will help them blend better and hold the bars together better. Hope that helps!

  102. Jess says

    These taste yummy. Hard for mine to stay together as I wanted to use even less sugar but in end added more. Used a few raisins instead of dates, added some hazelnuts as well as almonds and chai and maca and flax seeds to increase protein, omega 3 and fiber. They are great so thanks for idea! Even if they don’t stay together the crumble is delicious. ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Jess! More fresh dates and nut butter will make them even more sticky + they’ll hold together better :D

  103. Jen says

    I doubled the recipe and the only tricky part was mixing it all together. The biggest bowl you have is the way to go! Delicious. I pressed it into a cookie sheet using a rolling pin and then popped it in the freezer for the few minutes to firm up.. That worked very well. This is for a classroom of students and I like that the bars are sweet but not too sweet.

  104. sandra echeverri says

    I love this recipe! I make a batch and pack a bar for my son’s school lunches. I of course snag some for myself. I added toasted coconut (shredded) and substitute pecans and walnuts. Just finished another batch for the week! Thanks!

  105. Colan says

    Hi there! I’m trying to reduce plastic waste when I’m out hiking (and pack in more nutrition than store bought bars) but am often out for multiple days at a time. What is the estimated shelf life of this recipe based on? Would I really need to worry about these going “off” or might they just not be as fresh after a week in my pack?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Colan, it will depend on the temperature/humidity of the area you will be. Our estimate is a cautious estimate at room temperature in a moderate climate. Let us know if you give it a try!

  106. Hayley says

    I am a physiotherapist, and have had my own practice for 25 years.
    I have also just completed a UK based distance learning diploma in nutrition and am embarking on a new journey of this ever evolving and hectically complex science. I am hoping to launch my website in a couple of months and would like to start consulting on a 1 on 1 basis. I am also keen to start a blog, one which will serve both my physio and nutrition businesses. My mantra will be Healing with Hayley. I plan to approach nutrition using mindfulness, love of your body, your plate, love of movement and this then resulting in health, wellness and quality of life.

    The reason for my message to you is that I came across your granola recipe and absolutely love it!!
    In time I would really like to put it on the recipe section of my website and do not want to plagiarise so just wanted to know if it would be possible to do this and how I should reference you.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards,
    Hayley North.

    • Shannon says

      So delicious!! I substituted hazelnuts for the almonds (due to an almond allergy) and all the flavours still came together nicely. I did wonder if my ball of date “dough” was going to mix in as it seemed quite firm but it just took a firm hand and a good stir!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It depends on the freshness of your dates. If you want them to be a bit less tacky, you can add more dry ingredients.

  107. Katrin says

    This recipe is so simple, but an absolute winner!
    Since medjoul dates are quite pricey in my neighbourhood, and I wanted a bar without peanuts, I did my second batch with soft prunes and cashew butter instead. And it worked wonderfully too. For those who find the original recipe too sweet, go for prunes! Also, I added the maple syrup to the chopped prunes, which really helped my hand-held blender turn those prunes into a dough. Then I stirred in the cashew butter. So no need to heat the wet ingredients before adding them to the dry ones. And I ground the toasted almonds, which ultimately gives you bars with a fine, soft texture. Awesome! To roll out and flatten the combined ingredients, I, simply placed the mixture between 2 sheets of parchment paper, then used a rolling pin to flatten it. Once set, the paper was easy to remove, and the bars very easy to cut. I set the mixture in the freezer for some hours, then defrosted overnight, and cut them the next morning. Now they’re in an air-tight container in my snacks cupboard. Will be eaten up in the next week or so!

  108. Rachel says

    These are amazing! They’re healthy and filling and taste great!! I now use Lyle’s golden syrup instead of the maple syrup or honey, and I find they hold together even better. Thanks for a great recipe!

  109. Rita says

    I really love the consistency of these bars. The dough is easy to work with and shape. The flavor is okay. I’m not sure that my kids will like them as much as I hoped they would. I added dark chocolate chips and used maple syrup instead of honey. Although I cook fairly clean, I still have to find “treats” that taste very close to non clean foods for my kids to eat them. And these bars taste pretty raw (which I get they mostly are) I wonder if toasting the oats would get that raw flavor out? If my kids end up liking them I will come back and edit my comment :-).

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rita, we definitely prefer the toasted version so we’d say give that a try next time! Let us know if you give it a try!

  110. Karen Blakely says

    Made the second batch of these today with almonds and tart Montmorency cherries — they are fantastic. Last batch included dried apples and walnuts and just as delicious. I use the large Medjool dates which are more pliable to utilize in the food processor. I also use toasted gluten free oats and almond butter from the farmer’s market that contains no extra additives as well as maple syrup.

  111. Melody Eisenlau says

    Wonderful recipe, thank you so much!
    I modified only a few things for food allergies, using crunchy almond butter and maple syrup (I added vanilla to this part), then toasted the oats, chopped (pre-roasted & salted) almonds and added flaked coconut and toasted it all together at 325 for 10 minutes, tossing in the middle. This flavor turned out lovely. The dates I had were whole & dried so I had to de-seed them and I had almost two cups of dried, non-packed dates afterwards, which I processed until it was a ball as you described. I added a small handful of mini-enjoy-life chocolate chips to the dates which melted nicely when I added the toasted oats, almonds and coconut, giving a darker color and a hint of chocolate. I used a pastry cutter to cut in the date/oat mixture which worked much better then a spoon or fork. After, drizzled the melted almond butter-maple-vanilla mixture & mixed, and after packing down & freezing briefly these turned out TO DIE FOR!
    Great recipe! I can’t wait to mix up the ingredients, thanks again! I am having to fight my family off of them.

    • Bill Friggle says

      Thanks Melody Eisenlau for the tip of using the pastry cutter. It helped me a lot getting the mixture mixed with my arthritic hand.

  112. Jess says

    I love these bars! I added unsweetened coconut flakes to the bars and also coconut oil and almond extract to the almond butter/ honey mixture and it tastes amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  113. Des says

    Love this recipe, in fact the whole family does.
    I’ve not really deviated from the recipe other than sometimes using crunchy peanut butter when I don’t have smooth! I don’t notice a difference.
    A great snack, but unfortunately they don’t last long in the house and they are gone usually within 1 day!!

  114. Sue Hays says

    These nutty bars are really tasty and go down well with all the family. I found that by adding the softened honey and peanut butter to the dates in the blender helped to process the mixture more easily. Thank you for the recipe – just off to make my next batch!

  115. Kathryn says

    I made them with two cups of toasted oats and 1/2 cup of diced dried apricots and they turned out perfectly! My three year old loves them and so do I!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So great! Thanks for sharing, Kathryn. Would you mind adding a rating to your review next time? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. xoxo!

  116. Tyler says

    Love this recipe! I added a bit more dates and opted for natural peanut butter (no sweetner) They are perfect! Love this for an easy snack.

  117. Kathryn says

    Any suggestions for a good almond substitution? Maybe more dried fruit? My three year old isn’t ready for crunchy nuts.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kathryn, we haven’t tried it, but perhaps a mix of additional oats and dried fruit? Let us know if you give it a try!

    • Kathryn says

      I made them with two cups of toasted oats and 1/2 cup of diced dried apricots and they turned out perfectly! My three year old loves them and so do I!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gurjeet, Add more dates next time! And make sure they’re sticky and fresh. They’re the glue that holds it together. Hope that helps!

  118. RICHARD LAWRENCE says

    Do you know if anyone has created this AWESOMELY INSPIRING recipe using raisins instead of dates? I would love to know if this has been attempted and what the pros and cons might be.

    Richard

  119. Tracey says

    Made these Yesterday! Easy! And my 5 year old and husband both liked it. Was only trying it because the price of purchasing pre-made bars are very expensive when you look at the price per an ounce! Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

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

  120. Elena says

    These are super easy and absolutely delicious! However I still found after putting in the freezer the bars didn’t hold their shape. Great taste though overall !

  121. Holly Love says

    TO DIE FOR! Easy and quick. I didn’t have enough dates so I filled out with raisins and dried cherries, worked like a charm. To make it easier for the food processor to process the fruit, I added 2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp salt, and made the flavor even more fantastic. I also subbed walnuts for almonds. I found it too hard to mix by hand in the last mixing step, so I just put all ingredients back into the food processor to combine, not caring that this would grind some of the ingredients more and produce a different texture. I skipped lining the pan with parchment paper and just sprayed it with coconut oil, and they lifted out beautifully. So excited to try all the possible variations!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessica, we don’t think that would work as steel cut oats are not soft unless cooked.

  122. Southwestsam says

    Made this yesterday doubling the recipe. I don’t have a sweet tooth and so find this a little too sweet (but still yummy!). I used honey as that is the only liquid sweetner I generally use and used “dark roast” peanut butter and I toasted the oats and nuts. Still looking for a granola bar that is not too sweet but will hold together like a store bought bar. I am wondering if these taste ok if they have been frozen?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! Honey tends to be a little sweeter than the other sweeteners, so that could be partly why! We would say try less next time, but they may have trouble sticking together as well. And yes, they are still delicious after freezing :) Enjoy!

    • Swati Mehrotra says

      Great recipe. Didn’t have full cup of dates so added raisins to complete. Didn’t have almonds so subbed that with pecans and walnuts. Little bit more sweeter for my taste but my daughter loved it. The only issue I had was that they were a bit crumbly but I can easily put them in a box for school.

  123. Alena Oosthuizen says

    I made this recipe for my elderly parents. They live in the Czech Republic, so I was worried about finding almond butter (my mother doesn’t like peanut butter). Fortunately, I was able to find almond butter in a health store. I crushed the almonds into small pieces, and used honey instead of maple syrup or agave. The honey made it a little sweeter than I would have liked it, but they are devouring it. I will make some more before I leave.

  124. Katie says

    The ratios of granola, honey and nut butter were perfect.

    When using your automatically generated email to go to the website, none of the links are working. It directs me to: email.e.minimalistbaker.com
    But then the page is blank. I’m using my phone. Not sure why, but i thought I’d let you know.

  125. Katie says

    This granola bar recipe was a GREAT guide!
    I used dehydrated cranberries instead of dates.
    I also used a mix nut butter that wasn’t 100% smooth. I also added a mix of sprouted and raw grains.
    I loved that your amounts of nut butter and honey were perfect! I did add more of both as i added more ingredients.
    I also baked it for about 25 minutes at 350.
    This was delicious. I use this recipe as a guide every time now.

    Reply

  126. Katie Kunch says

    This granola bar recipe was a GREAT guide!
    I used dehydrated cranberries instead of dates.
    I also used a mix nut butter that wasn’t 100% smooth. I also added a mix of sprouted and raw grains.
    I loved that your amounts of nut butter and honey were perfect! I did add more of both as i added more ingredients.
    I also baked it for about 25 minutes at 350.
    This was delicious. I use this recipe as a guide every time now.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

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

  127. VegGirl66 says

    This is the only granola bar recipe I use! It is so delicious and so easy to make. I mix it up a lot – I’ve added combinations of flax seed, hemp hearts, chia seeds, dried cherries, dried cranberries, cocoa powder, chocolate chips (really good if you melt them with the peanut butter!), shredded coconut (toasted with the almonds and oats), pepitas, sunflower seeds, substituted almond butter – the possibilities are endless and they’re all fabulous! And sometimes if the dried fruit is to big, I process it with the dates. Thanks so much for sharing this and so many other great recipes!!

  128. Lacey says

    This was an awesome recipe and so tasty! I made the nuts diced though, just my preference really.

  129. Annie says

    I added chocolat chips as suggested (who says no to an optional chocolate chip add-in anyways…) to the mix while still warm with toasted oats and nuts and melted peanut butter and maple syrup. It melted through everything and hardened back once in the fridge. The result is amazing! I was looking for something to replace my daily trip to the coffee downstairs for a sweet pick-me up snack, and this really does it for me. Also I found out mid-recipe that I was out of almonds, so I replaced with half peanuts, half cashews (which I roasted with the oats). Cannot wait to try it again with almonds next time! Oh and please, double the batch. So easy once everything is out, and so worth it.

  130. Mandy says

    My granola bars ended up as crumbs, not the lovely solid bar you have in the photos.
    I followed the recipe to the letter, any ideas where I went wrong?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mandy, our best guess is that your dates may have been too dry. We would recommend searching for fresh, sticky moist dates next time. If that’s not an option and your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, you can soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This should help them blend better and hold the bars together better.

  131. Muha says

    Hi,

    I already have date paste that’s already been processed. Just wondering how much of that to use in this recipe?
    Thx

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I measure my dates packed, so date paste would be about the same as the measurements I call for, maybe a little less.

  132. Ruth says

    I find that adding the dates to the melted PB mixture helps the dates spread around and helps everything stick together.

  133. Scott says

    Hello,

    I was wondering, if almonds aren’t someone’s favorite, could it be substituted for a cup of dried fruit, other nuts, or banana chips you think? I understand that nutritionally, it isn’t the best thing, but just wondering about alternatives to the almonds that wouldn’t ruin making them if I substituted the almonds. Any other substitution suggestions are greatly welcome.

    Scott

  134. Antisocial_Vegan says

    Can I make this without the Dates? I’m not a big fan of them. Would cutting out the Dates mess with the result or is it a must to add them?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, unfortunately, that will greatly impact the texture and they would not hold together. Other readers have substituted prunes with success. Hope that helps!

      • Moriah says

        I used raisins successfully! Soak them for half hour and then place in a good processor with excess water to use as the granola bar base.

  135. Fizzy says

    Thank you for another great recipe! I tried this a while back & found them too sweet for me. How can I reduce the sweetness? But have them still hold together? Ideally i’d like a higher protein content too. I’d really appreciate your help & any tips?

    ALSO, do you have any granola recipe that comes out more as clusters? If I could make a granola that forms clusters that would be AMAZING! I really REALLY miss the texture of standard cereal I used to have years ago in my days of ignorance ? which had a real clustery crunch texture to it.

    Really hope you can help! Thanks soo much!

    *Reposting 1st part of my comment in hope for a response ?*

  136. Lisa says

    I’ve made these several times and they come out perfect. They are so delicious, all the family love them. I have to hide them away because I don’t want to share them.

  137. Jason Corbett says

    Hi there. These are amazingly tasty. I am confused about the shelf-life on these. Many people have asked. Most of the responses say a few days. A response to “nikhil mote”‘s question from February of 2017 by “Support @ Minimalist Baker” says up to two weeks at room temperature. So many of the date/nut bars on the internet have differing shelf lives, and it is very confusing. Can anyone speak to the actual shelf life of such a bar? Given the relatively long shelf life of dates, the fact that they are not necessarily soaked beforehand, and the relatively high sugar content, my thinking is that these bars should last much longer than a few days.

    Every year, I lead a 12 day trip into the Norwegian backcountry with a large group of students. It would be great to be able to use these through that long of a trip. They are healthy, and full of quick burning energy.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jason, we don’t have an exact amount of time on the shelf life as it will vary based on temperature and freshness of ingredients. But we believe 2 weeks is a good estimate if in a temperate climate.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Other readers have done so successfully! You may need to add a little bit of water if they have trouble mixing. Hope that helps!

  138. Fiz says

    Hi, Thank you for another great recipe. I tried this a while back & found them too sweet. How can I reduce the sweetness? Ideally i’d like a higher protein content too. I’d really appreciate your help! Thank you

  139. Laurie Lotus Miller says

    I made this recipe and LOVE the result! Although mine came out a little differently. I did not want to gum up my food processor with the dates, so I just minced them up.
    They were a little on the dry side, but I did not soak them, I also added a handful of minced dried apricots. As a result, my bars were crumbly and didn’t stick together. So I added another 1/4 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Then I squished the mixture into small balls (messy but fun) and put them in the refrigerator. They are delicious, don’t crumble and are small enough for stealing one a couple times a day without feeling guilty!

  140. Stacey says

    My new FAVORITE granola bar recipe! I subbed almond butter for peanut butter,sunflower and pumpkin seeds for almonds, added shaved coconut flakes, and sprinkled toasted cocoa nibs on the top and pressed in…..the perfect granola bar! Definitely need to use a heaping cup of packed dates to ensure the bar stays together.
    I have shared this recipe with several friends and family. Thanks!