Up your granola bar game with these simple, healthy no-bake bars. Packed with good stuff, these bars a great guilt-free snack. Not only are the almond butter and dates a tasty combination, they bind these chewy bars together perfectly.
You can switch up the nuts and sub in chocolate chips for the cranberries if you want a more decadent treat. What are you waiting for? Go make a batch! -bvox
Almond Date Granola Bars
Inspired by Minimalist Baker
- 2 cups packed dates, pitted
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 cup raw chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup wheat germ or ground flax seeds
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (I used Steph McVox’s vanilla sea salt)
Toast chopped almond and oats in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the sunflower seeds so that they get toasted for 5 minutes. You don’t have to do this step but it really adds a toasty nutty flavour.
While nuts are toasting, place dates in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water to soften them. After 10 mins, drain and chop finely.
Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add oats, nuts, cranberries, wheat germ, coconut, vanilla, and salt salt. Stir with a wooden spoon, incorporating the dates.
Warm coconut oil, honey, and almond butter in a small saucepan and pour over other ingredients. Stir quickly to evenly coat.
Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment or plastic wrap and use your hands or the back of your measuring cup to form the mixture tightly into the baking dish. Put them in the fridge to set for about an hour. Remove and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.