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Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

These granola bars are quick, better than store-bought and cowboy approved. What more could you ask for?

They are perfect for when you have a sweet tooth or just want something quick to snack on. I just really love how versatile they are because you can really make these for whatever mood you’re in. You could easily add raisins, craisins, mini chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, or even protein powder! I’ve even swapped honey for agave and peanut butter for almond butter. As long as your dates are pitted, you cannot mess this recipe up!

5 ingredient granola bars

What you need:

  • 1 heaping cup dates, pitted

  • 1/4 cup honey or agave (I’ve used both and they are equally delicious)

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter (again, I’ve used both and they both work great!)

  • 1 cup sliced unsalted almonds

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (i’ve used both quick oats and old fashioned, couldn’t tell the difference)

    Optional: 1/3 cup Chocolate chips or dried fruit like Craisins!

Throw it all together:

  1. Place your (pitted) dates into a food processor or blender with a splash of water. Process until it forms a doughy texture. This will be the glue that holds all of the ingredients together.

  2. Combine your processed dates, honey and peanut butter into a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined.

  3. Add your oats and almonds to the date mixture and go to town mixing. This might take some upper body strength! It should be pretty thick after you get done mixing but gooey and wet enough to stick together once pressed into a pan.

  4. Toss in your optional ingredients. Normally I use mini chocolate chips but all I had on hand was regular sized. Mix well.

  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. I used one of my smaller (9inch) baking dishes for a thicker bar. (The larger the pan, the thinner your granola bars will be.) Press the granola mixture with the back of a spoon until it’s pretty flat. Then place a sheet of saran wrap on top and continue pressing the granola with the palms of your hands until smooth. Using a small book will help compress the granola bars! This is a crucial step and can make or *break* your bars!

  6. At this time, I like to place the pan in the freezer for 20 - 30 minutes. This makes cutting them into bars so much easier. After you’ve sliced them up either put them back into the pan and cover with the saran wrap or into a freezer friendly storage container.


I prefer to store these granola bars in the freezer or fridge. They have never lasted more than a week so I’m not really sure how long they’ll stay fresh past that!

xx, Riss

Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars

If you follow along on Instagram you might remember these bomb homemade granola bars I posted a while back! If you like simple + healthy and have a schedule busier than the Kardashians than these are for you. I love how these bars cure my afternoon sweet tooth or keep me satisfied between meals!

Prep time | 10 min  Cook time | 15 min  Total time | 25 min

Homemade Granola Bars



  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted

  • 1/4 cup agave (or honey)

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 cup almonds, chopped or sliced (I use sliced)

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

  • optional: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, etc -- Momma J and I have added mini chocolate chips and they are great! I personally prefer them without the chocolate!


1 | Optional step: Toast your oats + cinnamon for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven -- or until slightly golden brown.

2 | Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 2 minutes); it should form a dough-like consistency. If your dates don't feel sticky, add a tablespoon of water while processing - this will help hold the bars together better. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside.

3 | Heat agave, vanilla and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix until all ingredients are evenly dispersed.

4 | Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to a small pan lined with plastic wrap. Lining the pan with plastic wrap (or parchment paper) will allow the granola bars to lift out easily.

5 | Press down until flattened; I use a book to ensure the bars are packed tightly. Cover with plastic wrap, and set in freezer for 25 minutes to harden.

6 | Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to a week.


I adapted this recipe from the 5-ingredient no-bake granola bar recipe found at the Minimalist Baker! Check her out, she has fantastic recipes for ladies (& men) on the go!