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Granola Bars-three in a row

Chewy Homemade Granola Bars


Chewy and flavorful, these homemade granola bars will make you never want to buy the store bought kind again!


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I prefer Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Lily’sone !important;margin: 0px !important” src=”” alt=”” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ />)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the dates and almonds until they are broken down. (You can also do this by hand, but it’s much easier to use the food processor.)
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared baking pan.  Add an additional layer of parchment paper to the top of the mixture and press it down well.  Using a large can or jar works well.
  5. Remove the top layer of parchment paper (but save it) and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the parchment paper back to the top and again press the mixture into the pan, optional. This helps the bars stick together well.*
  7. Refrigerate and allow to cool before cutting into bars.  Enjoy!


*Because it squishes the bars and makes them less appealing, I tried them without this step for the updated photographs. They didn’t fall apart. Just make sure you let them cool completely before cutting.

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 12 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 21 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams