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4.9 from 28 votes

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

*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)