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granola bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Perfectly portable snack that can be made raw or toasted.  Change up the fruit and nut combinations for variety.

Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 people


  • 1 cup soft dates pitted
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups brown crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon optional
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter


  1. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 350F if making the toasted version of the granola bars.

  2. Process dates in a food processor until smooth.  

  3. Stir together oats, rice cereal, almond slivers, raisins, and cinnamon (if using) in a separate bowl.  Add dates on top, but don't worry about mixing dates in just yet.

  4. Combine honey and peanut butter.  Heat a little on stove or in microwave if necessary.  Pour honey mixture over oat mixture

  5. Use hands to mix all ingredients together until well combined.  Press mixture very firmly into 8x8 pan.  A piece of parchment or plastic wrap can be used on top of bars to keep mixture from sticking to your hands.

  6. Either refrigerate for 15 minutes before cutting into bars OR bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.  Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

  7. Store at room temperature in sealed container for up to 4 weeks.