Almond Date Breakfast Bars

This is another winner of a make-ahead weekday breakfast recipe! They are the second breakfast recipe I’ve made from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, and once again Deb doesn’t disappoint. I loved the combination of oats, almonds and dates, and this is a recipe that is open to endless adaptation. You could change up the nuts, the dried fruits, the nut butter… just make sure you keep the ratios the same. They are way healthier than the prepackaged granola bar as there is relatively little sugar (just the honey and dates), and the fats are healthy olive oil and almond butter. There’s no high fructose corn syrup, no processed sugar, and no unpronounceable ingredients. I will definitely be making these regularly, and I will be trying some adaptations as well. I’m thinking dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots…. walnuts, pecans… maybe a little coconut… there are just so many possibilities!

Almond Date Breakfast Bars

Almond Date Breakfast Bars

Almond Date Breakfast Bars

Makes 16 2-inch square bars


1 cup (150 grams) dried pitted dates, chopped

1 1/4 cups (110 grams) quick rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats)

3 Tbsp (22 grams) barley or whole-wheat flour

1/3 cup (35 grams) wheat germ

1/2 cup (55 grams) thinly sliced almonds

1/2 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 cup (65 grams) almond butter

1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

1/4 cup (85 grams) honey

1/4 tsp freshly grated orange zest

1/4 tsp almond extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper- one sheet in one direction, and one sheet in the other direction, to form a parchment sling with which to remove the bars when they are finished.

2. In a large bowl, add the dates, oats, flour, wheat germ, almonds, salt and cinnamon, and stir to combine. In a separate small bowl, add the almond butter, olive oil, honey , orange zest and almond extract, and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir together until well combined.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and spread out evenly. (Deb recommends using a piece of plastic wrap to cover your hand so that you can press down on the mixture firmly without making a mess.)

4. Place in oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until brown around the edges. When you remove the pan, the top will still be soft and might seem like it isn’t completely baked, but as it cools, it will set.

5. Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack. You can also remove the bars using the sling after about 20 minutes, and let cool on the rack and not in the pan. This will speed up the cooling process. You can also place them in the fridge to cool faster. Cut into 16 pieces with a serrated knife. They may be a bit crumbly (as mine were), but will mostly hold together! Cutting them when they are cold will help them stay together better.

Source: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Another good oat-bar recipe: These Cherry-Date Oat Bars from the Whole Living Action Plan


7 thoughts on “Almond Date Breakfast Bars

  1. Yum, I loved the oat and date bars from the cleanse so much–I’ll have to try this out. And you’re right, much healthier than a granola bar. Thanks for sharing!

    • Those cherry-date bars were so awesome! It was fun to try a similar recipe, and I love how they are so tasty yet guilt free. You’ll have to let me know what you think 🙂

  2. These sound healthy and delicious! I am always looking for a healthy snack and these would be great for an energy boost when I am looking for coffee but need something better or need something to tide me over until a meal.

    • These would make an excellent afternoon snack! A little sweet, crunchy, salty… They’d definitely be satisfying and energy-boosting! I’d also recommend the cherry date oat bars that I linked at the end from Whole Living! They are also a great afternoon snack!

  3. These look great. I will put them on my list of things to make when I get home . I will let you know how they are…dried cherries and coconut sound good!

  4. Pingback: Healthy Breakfast Ideas Your Kids Will Love | Recipes for a Healthy You

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