Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Rowan and I are always looking for new, healthy snacks for work and at home. I’m a what Rowan calls a ‘grazer’ and often eat smaller portions for meals, and end up snackish about two hours after I was once ‘full’. While fruit, apple sauce and yogurt are our go to snacks, particularly for work, we often eat store-bought granola bars as well. Knowing that these are not the best snack to be having, I wanted to look into creating homemade versions of the bars.

After a quick search, I found a highly customizable recipe from the Minimalist Bakera now favourite blog for baking, and one that will be bookmarked (and likely referenced here) for a while.

Dana’s five-ingredient, no-bake recipe for granola bars was just what I needed. It is easily made to be gluten-free or vegan, and while we are neither, it’s nice to know the option is there should we want to share with friends (good luck friends, these are too tasty!)



I followed Dana’s original recipe almost to a ‘T’ minus a few substitutions.

Homemade Granola Bars

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted (I bought mine chopped already from Bulk Barn)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (Dana notes you can use honey or agave nector)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter of your choice (You could substitute any nut butter)
  • 3/4 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  1. Process your dates in a food processor or blender into smaller pieces. I purchased mine pre-chopped at Bulk Barn. Soak your dates in water for 10 minutes to maintain sticky consistency.
  2. Chop almonds into bite size pieces. How diced they are depends on your preference.
  3. In a small saucepan melt maple syrup and peanut butter together until blended.
  4. Mix oats, almonds, dates and cranberries in a bowl. Add Peanut Butter/Maple Syrup Mixture. Stir well.
  5. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment or wax paper to make it easy to life the bars out.
  6. Put in refridgerator or freezer for 30 minutes or until they do not fall apart when you eat them!
  7. ENJOY!