Batch of Peanut Butter Granola Bars on a plate
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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars

3-ingredient peanut butter granola bars that are naturally sweetened, wholesome, and perfectly salty-sweet. A healthier snack for lunches, road trips, and more.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 8 (bars)
Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1-2 Months
Does it keep? 2-3 weeks


  • 1 1/2 cups packed dates (pitted // 1 1/2 cups yield ~32 dates)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (creamy, salted is best, but most any kind will do)*
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (GF for gluten-free eaters)


  1. If your dates are not sticky and moist, soak in warm water for 10 minutes and then drain. Otherwise, proceed to step 2.
  2. Add dates to a food processor and pulse until only small bits remain - it will likely clump into a ball - that’s what you want. If any big pieces remain, use a knife or spatula to push them down, then turn the machine back on to pulse.
  3. Add peanut butter and oats and pulse a few more times until incorporated, stirring and scraping down sides as needed. If you prefer denser bars, add more oats.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined 8x8 dish and press down until flat, OR scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts and roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet or plate. Transfer to freezer to set.
  5. If making bars, slice into 8-10 bars (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) and store in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. They can be a little flimsy at room temp, so be gentle with how you stack them.

  6. Will keep in the fridge for several weeks and in the freezer for up to a couple months or more.


*If your peanut butter isn’t salted, consider adding 1/4 tsp sea salt.
*Inspired by Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars
*Adapted from my No Bake Cookie Bars
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8 bars)