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Easy Date Granola Bars

My Easy Date Granola Bars are made with oats and packed full of delicious dates, apricots and cranberries. Then for added crunch I add a combination of nuts and seeds to the mix. These date oat bars are no bake, everything is combined in 5 minutes, then left to set in the refrigerator. This recipe could not be any easier and make a great kid-friendly snack! 

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EASY DATE GRANOLA BARS

My kids do a lot of after-school activities whether it is sports, karate or cub scouts my kids are on-the-go a lot. It is always nice to have healthy snacks on hand that I can feel good giving to my kids. 

These Easy Date Granola Bars are a favorite on my kids and something I can easily make and keep on hand. 

My easy date granola bars are great to prep ahead, in only 5 minutes. They are no-bake which makes them super easy to throw together. 

Once made, they can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, assuming they last that long!

They make the ideal quick snack; or easy grab-and-go breakfast. 

These healthy granola bars contain no refined sugar and a lot less salt than any store bought alternatives.

Making your own homemade granola bars means you know exactly what ingredients are going into them.

You can also play with the ingredients, adding your own favorite combination of dried fruits, seeds and nuts.

As preparation is minimal, this is a kid friendly recipe too. I like to get my kids involved so they can choose the ingredients they want to include in the bars.

My kids do a lot of after-school activities whether it is sports, karate or cub scouts my kids are on-the-go a lot. It is always nice to have healthy snacks on hand that I can feel good giving to my kids. 

A few other snack ideas that my family loves are these Date Protein Balls, Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Bites, Homemade Oatmeal Banana Cookies or these Cranberry Almond Energy Bites. 

Easy Date Granola Bars ingredients.

EASY DATE GRANOLA BARS INGREDIENTS

DATES: I use a cup of date paste which not only adds flavor to the granola bars, but also helps bind the bars together.

SUGAR: Rather than using refined sugar, I prefer to use an unrefined sugar like honey or maple syrup to sweeten the bars.

COCONUT OIL: Melted coconut oil helps bind the bars together.

VANILLA: Vanilla extract adds great flavor to the bars. I always use extract as it has a richer flavor than vanilla essence, but essence would work in a pinch.

OATS: 2 cups of rolled oats are added to these no bake date oat bars.

DRIED FRUIT, NUT & SEEDS: I used a combination of dried apricots, cranberries, mixed nuts, coconut chips and mixed seeds to add crunch and flavor to these bars.

SALT: A 1/4 teaspoon of salt is added to the bars to balance out the sweet flavors in these bars.

Easy Date Granola Bars on white paper.

HOW TO MAKE GRANOLA BARS

LINE A BAKING PAN. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper covering the bottom and around the edges.

Spray baking oil on the paper.

MAKE A PASTE. Add the date paste and honey to a microwave safe bowl.

Place the bowl into the microwave and melt on low/medium heat for a few seconds.

Then remove the paste and stir in the coconut oil and vanilla extract.

Easy Date Granola Bars with date paste.

MIX TOGETHER THE DRY INGREDIENTS. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, apricots, mixed nuts, coconut chips, cranberries, mixed seeds and salt.

Easy Date Granola Bars ingredients in a bowl.

COMBINE WET INGREDIENTS WITH DRY. Pour the date mixture into the mixing bowl with all the dry ingredients.

Mix together with a spatula, making sure everything is moistened and well combined.

Easy Date Granola Bars ingredients in a bowl with date paste.

Easy Date Granola Bars mixed in a bowl.

SET THE GRANOLA BARS. Transfer the mixture into the earlier prepared baking pan.

Press into an even layer with the spatula then place the bars in the refrigerator to set. Leave for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Easy Date Granola Bars in a dish.

STORE THE GRANOLA BARS. Remove the baking pan from the refrigerator and cut the mixture into 12 even-sized bars, using a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Easy Date Granola Bars ready to cut.

Easy Date Granola Bars cut into bars.

ARE GRANOLA BARS GOOD FOR YOU?

Granola bars are a convenient snack or breakfast-on-the-go option. They are a great source of protein and fiber which keep you fuller and feeling satisfied for longer. However, be aware that they do contain sugar in the date paste, dried fruits and oats.

WHAT MAKES GRANOLA BARS STICK TOGETHER?

The combination of date paste, along with the coconut oil and honey, help bind these no bake granola bars together, ensuring they stick together once set in the refrigerator.

RECIPE TIPS & MODIFICATIONS

  • ALLOW THE BARS TO SET: Place the bars into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. Do not be tempted to cut before then or you risk the bars falling apart.
  • STORE THE BARS: Store these bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze them for up to two months. Remove them from the freezer about 30 minutes before you are ready to eat them.  
  • SWAP THE DRIED FRUITS: I have used dried apricots and cranberries in these bars, but you could substitute with any dried fruits like dried mango, papaya, figs, cherry, or raisins.
  • ADD ANY COMBINATION OF NUTS: Use any variety of seeds and nuts that you enjoy eating. Here are some ideas: hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, pistachios.
  • ADD ANY COMBINATION OF SEEDS: You can add the seeds you like to eat, including sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds.
  • TRY ADDING SOME SPICE: If you fancy a touch of warm spice, add some ground cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to the mix.
  • NUT ALLERGY: If you suffer from a nut allergy leave them out and add some extra dried fruits and seeds instead.
  • DATE PASTE: If you can find date paste at the store that is best to use. You can also make it with this recipe. If you don’t want to use date paste you can use 1/2 cup of honey for every 2/3 cup of date paste.

Easy Date Granola Bars on white paper.

TRY SOME OF MY OTHER GREAT TASTING SWEET TREATS

CHERRY ALMOND CAKE

HOMEMADE BANANA OATMEAL COOKIES

CRANBERRY BREAD

CRANBERRY BLISS BARS

BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS

APPLE BARS WITH PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ICING

Easy Date Granola Bars with logo

Easy Date Granola Bars cut into bars.

Date Granola Bars

Yield: 12 granola bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup date paste
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup apricots
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (almond, cashews, hazelnuts)
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut chips
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper in the bottom and the edges. Spray baking oil on the paper.
    2. Add date paste and honey in a microwave safe bowl. Melt on low medium heat for some seconds. Remove and stir in oil and vanilla extract.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, apricots, mixed nuts, coconut chips, cranberries, mixed seeds and salt.
    4. Pour date mixture into the bowl. Mix with a spatula. Make sure everything is moistened.
    5. Transfer the mixture into the baking pan. Press an even layer with the spatula.
    6. Place the bars in the refrigerator to set. Leave at least 2 hours or overnight.
    7. Remove and cut with a sharp knife.
    8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freeze for up to 2 months.

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Veronique

Monday 16th of October 2023

Could I swap olive oil for the coconut oil?

Julia

Monday 16th of October 2023

Yes you could. It will just change the flavor a tad but not much. If the consistency isn't thick enough after using olive oil just add a bit more honey to think it. I think it should work well though!

Shahzad

Friday 24th of February 2023

These Easy Date Granola Bars are perfect for kids who are always on the go! I love that they are no-bake, easy to prepare, and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month. Plus, they are healthier than most store-bought granola bars because they don't contain refined sugar. I also appreciate that the recipe is versatile, so you can add your own combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to make it your own. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Rita

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

What is the calorie and other nutrition information on these? Protein, sugar, carbohydrates, fat etc

Julia

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

At this point I don't track that. I am sorry! I am hoping to soon.

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