Lazy Granola Bars


Playtime with Ciaran now includes spontaneous reading which I am absolutely thrilled about. He randomly picks a book, gestures me to come over and laughs out loud when I start reading. His favourite is “Where’s Spot” which is a no-brainer as it has flaps to uncover the missing Spot. It won’t be long before he can join me in the kitchen to whip up treats for the family.

For now, it’s just me and my sturdy spatula. Quick easy recipes are what I look for these days. Our family loves oats and when I chanced upon this 5 ingredient no-bake granola bar recipe, I knew they had to be in our regular rotation.

Having made them twice since, these bars have proven to be a hit.


Even Ciaran can’t stay away from them. Sticky, slightly salty and with a nutty crunch, these are perfect for when you have the munchies.


So idiot-proof and so delicious. I will definitely try more variations soon.

5-ingredient No-bake Granola BarsĀ 


  • 1 heaping cup packed (~220 g) dates, pitted (deglet noor or medjool)*
  • 1/4 cup (84 g) maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup (64 g) creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup (112 g) roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (135 g) rolled oats
  • optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.


  • Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (Mine rolled into a ball.)
  • Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl – set aside.
  • Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
  • Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)
  • Press down firmly until uniformly flattened.
  • Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars (or 9 squares). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days or keep in the freezer to keep them extra fresh.

Recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Posted on 17th Apr 2018 in granola, nutritious, nuts, oat, Uncategorized

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