Homemade Method

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 10

These delicious bars may taste as good as a candy bar, but they couldn’t be more different when it comes to nutritional value. These bars are packed with high-fiber oats, and protein rich almonds and nut butters. They are sweetened with natural, unrefined sugars from dates and honey, and for indulgence they also include bittersweet chocolate (which is very low in sugar and high in antioxidants). The oats will aid in your digestive health, and also stabilize your blood sugar levels as the body breaks them down slowly. This means long lasting energy with no highs, or crashes. Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and are associated with a number of health benefits. Just a handful of almonds, approximately one ounce, contains one-eighth of our necessary daily protein. These, along with the nut butter, will provide heart healthy fats, as well as a satisfaction level that will keep your body satiated and fulfilled for hours. The benefits from dates range from digestive support to cancer fighting, and they are packed with nutrients, minerals, vitamins and fiber. When you need a snack on the go, these bars are definitely an excellent choice!

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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 10


  • 1 cup Medjool dates, packed
  • 4 tbs Honey, maple syrup, or agave
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 tbs Nut butter (eg. Almond, Cashew)
  • 1 cup Almonds, roasted and unsalted, loosely chopped
  • 1½ cup Rolled oats
  • ¼ cup Dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup Dried cranberries or raisins


  • 1)

    Process dates in a food processor or blender until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency, or roll into a ball. If using a blender, add a splash of water if needed to get it going.

  • 2)

    Process chopped almonds in a food processor for an additional minute, pulsing as needed.

  • 3)

    Process half the oats until ground, leaving the other half whole.

  • 4)

    Place oats, almonds, dates in a bowl and set aside.

  • 5)

    Warm honey, vanilla, 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.  Add in the chocolate chips & raisins and mix gently.

  • 6)

    Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.

  • 7)

    Press down with force until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

  • 8)

    Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container.


  • Patricia

    September 10, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Would a breakdown of calories, carbs, sodium etc. that would be helpful for those of us watching our sodium intake

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      September 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Patricia

      Thanks for reaching out! We don’t actually track the calorie, fat, carb or sodium content of our recipes. The reason is because tracking calories, carbs etc is not sustainable, easy – or fun! – for most people! And research shows that it does not lead to lasting results for over 99% of dieters. Instead, we teach our Members a new way of cooking & eating for Nourishment and Satisfaction, where you get to eat the foods you love, until you are satisfied – and discover a healthy eating lifestyle you never want to stop! This is what works for long term results, and our Members LOVE the freedom of never having to count another calorie or carb ever again. Our recipes are fast, easy to make, nourishing and naturally low in carbs, calories, sodium and sugar compared to most processed food or convenience food options.

      We’ve helped thousands of members to lose weight and manage or reverse conditions ranging from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and kidney disease and many more. If you do need to track sodium or nutrients for a specific medical condition, you can enter our ingredients into a tool like this: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp. Hope this helps!


  • Cindy Moss

    March 20, 2019 at 2:34 am

    So do you process the dates and then add the almonds to that mix or process separate and then add to the dates?Also the oatmeal?Thanks, Cindy

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      March 20, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      Hello Cindy! That is a great question. My suggestion would be to process them each separately and then add them to a bowl for mixing. That way you can process each ingredient to the desired consistency. (Note: There is no need to totally clean your food processor between each item, since they are all going to be added together. A thorough scraping should suffice!) We hope you give them a try! Warmly, Katy

      1. Cindy Moss

        April 30, 2019 at 10:31 pm

        I am using a blender, would that work the same way?

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