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chewy granola bars on a blue plate

Chewy Granola Bars

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These chewy granola bars are simple to make and require just 5 ingredients!


  • 1 cup of dates, pitted*
  • 1 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup of nut or seed butter (peanut butter is typically my go to for these)
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup mix ins (nuts, chia seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, flax seed, pepitas, chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, etc), can be one cup of 1 thing such as 1 cup of almonds OR it can be a 1 cup mixture of any mix ins
  • Optional for dipping or drizzling: melted chocolate


  1. Place the dates into a food processor and blend until they form a paste. It takes about a minutes. Stop to scrap down the sides as needed. 
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together the nut butter and maple syrup, stirring constantly until fully combined. Remove from the heat. 
  3. In the same bowl with the date paste, mix in the oats, 1 cup of mix ins, and peanut butter mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the mixed into a lined 8×8 inch pan (or similar size) and press down firmly so that everything is nice and compact. Place in the fridge or freezer to set and chill for about an hour.
  5. Cut into 8-10 bars and ENJOY! I recommend storing leftovers in the fridge (or freezer to last longer)


*soak in hot water for about 30 minutes and then drain if your dates are a bit older and dried

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1 hour
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: chill
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 192
  • Sugar: 4.6 g
  • Sodium: 3.4 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.4 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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