Made with whole grain oats and chewy dates, these Easy Homemade Oatmeal Date Granola Bars are perfect for a quick and healthy snack on the go!
This post is also featured in my Easy Plant Based Breakfast Ideas For 2020 roundup.
While I love the convenience of store-bought granola bars, I’m ALL ABOUT having homemade granola bars on hand. I love knowing that they’ve been made with minimal ingredients and love, two things that should fuel us well throughout our busy days. I do find homemade granola bars to crumble more easily, which I why I created these easy homemade oatmeal date granola bars. Not only are they a hearty, healthy snack or on-the-go breakfast, but they hold their shape well making them perfect for traveling and running errands!
Ingredients for homemade oatmeal date granola bars
For these homemade granola bars you’ll only need 6 ingredients! I’m sure most of these ingredients you’ll probably already have on hand in your pantry.
- Rolled oats
- Shredded or desiccated coconut
- Nut butter
- Medjool dates
- Coconut oil
How do you make homemade granola bars?
There are a number of ways that you can make homemade granola bars. Some recipes require no equipment or baking and take minutes to prepare. Those are your no-bake granola bars (or energy bites)! Some granola bars are baked in the oven, like my favorite Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars!
Other granola bars are best made using a food processor. These kinds of bars are often made with sticky dates which need to be processed down into a paste.
To make these oatmeal date granola bars, you’ll need a food processor.
Step 1: You’ll start by pulsing some oats, coconut and salt in a food processor until combined.
Step 2: Then you’ll add in some drippy nut butter and sticky, pitted dates and process the mixture again until a crumbly dough form.
Step 3: The dough will still be a little dry, so you’ll need to stream in some coconut oil while the processor is running until a sticky dough forms. You’ll know the dough is ready when it sticks together when pressed between your fingers.
Step 4: Lastly, you’ll press the dough into a prepared pan and let the dough sit in the fridge for about an hour until it has set.
Step 5: Cut the dough into any shape you desire and you’ve got some delicious, nourishing homemade granola bars!
How do you get granola bars to stick together?
Like I mentioned above, I’ve found some homemade granola bars to crumble easily. With how much we travel and move around throughout the day, I wanted some homemade granola bars that would hold their shape and travel well. These granola bars are perfect for that! The trick is using lots of sticky dates, nut butter AND coconut oil. Especially without drizzling in some coconut oil at the end, these granola bars would be dry and crumbly. The oil makes them moist and hold together. YUM!
What are the healthiest granola bars?
“Healthy” is such a relative term. However, for our family, when it comes to finding healthy granola bars, I care most about ingredients–which ones and how many. When I made my own granola bars at home, I have full control of the ingredients I use. If I need to buy store-bought granola bars, I almost always choose Larabars as they use very minimal ingredients and only whole foods! But you do what is best for you and your family!
How long do homemade granola bars last?
Homemade granola bars will keep for different amounts of time, depending on what ingredients you use and how you store them. These oatmeal date granola bars last for about a couple weeks for us when I store them in an airtight container in the fridge!
How to store homemade granola bars:
We go through homemade granola bars super quickly, so I usually store them in an airtight container in the fridge and we finish them off way before they go bad. If you don’t go through yours as quickly, then you can wrap the granola bars individually in plastic wrap and store them in a bag in the freezer for a couple months. When you need a granola bar, simply remove one or two from the freezer the night before to thaw.
I really hope you enjoy these healthy, nourishing granola bars! If you like them, be sure to leave a 5 star rating by clicking on the stars in the recipe card. Also share them with your friends and family so they can enjoy them too!
- Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a food processor, pulse the oats, coconut and salt a few times until combined.
- Add in the nut butter and pitted dates and process until everything is broken down into a crumbly mixture.
- Run the food processor again and stream in the coconut oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a sticky dough forms. It should be able to hold together when pressed between your fingers. You should have to use between 4-6 tablespoons.
- Press the mixture firmly into a lined 8x8 baking dish. The mixture may feel a little oily, but the bars won't taste oily. They will just hold together really well!
- Place the pan in the fridge for about 1 hour until the dough has set. Cut the dough into rectangles or squares. I get about 24 small rectangles.
- Store the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Any nut or seed butter should work.
I have only tried these bars with sticky Medjool dates!
You can always halve this recipe for fewer bars or bars that are thinner.
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1 granola bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 68Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 1mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.
If you’re digging these Oatmeal Date Granola Bars, I have a feeling you’ll like these granola bars too!