No bake toasted oat granola bars

Enjoy the natural sweetness of dates in this recipe. Toasting the oats delivers big flavour with little effort.
by Emily Richards PH Ec.
148 cal Serves 12
Prep time 0h 10m
Cook time 0h 8m
Total time 0h 18m
No bake toasted oat granola bars



  1. Step 1

    In a large nonstick skillet, toast oats and almonds, if using, over medium heat, stirring often for about 8 minutes or until light golden and fragrant. Pour into a large bowl and let cool slightly; stir in bran flakes.
  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of a food processor, pulse dates until finely chopped.
  3. Step 3

    In a small saucepan, heat together honey and almond butter over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Add dates and stir to combine. Pour into oat mixture and stir together until dates are distributed evenly throughout and oats are coated well.
  4. Step 4

    Press mixture into 9 inch (23 cm) parchment or foil-lined baking pan and press to flatten evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm. Cut into bars and wrap individually with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • Little chefs can help to press the mixture into the pan and flatten evenly. They can also help wrap the bars in plastic wrap.

    These bars make a great snack and are perfect for fueling you between meals.

    One recipe, many ways. Try these variations:

    Dried fruit variation: Sprinkle 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped dried cranberries or apricots on top of granola bars and press gently into top before refrigerating.

    Coconut Variation: Sprinkle 2 tbsp (25 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut on top of granola bars and press gently into top before refrigerating.

Nutritional information

Per serving (1 bar)

3 g
20 mg
190 mg
Total fat
4 g
Saturated fat
1 g
0 mg
27 g
3 g
14 g
Added sugars
6 g

Recipe developed by Emily Richards, PH Ec. ©Heart and Stroke Foundation 2014.