Fruity granola bar recipe

date Dec 2, 2021

  • Serves 10 (makes 10)
  • 30 mins to prepare, plus soaking
  • 231 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian
  • Dairy-free


  • 150g (5oz) pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 50g (2oz) rolled oats
  • 50g (2oz) hazelnuts
  • 50g (2oz) almonds
  • 150g (5oz) mixture dried fruit, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Place the dates in a basin with enough boiling water to cover them. Allow 30 minutes for softening before draining and storing the water. In a food processor, combine the dates, honey, and 3 tablespoons of the soaking water. Blend until completely smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
  3. Combine the date mixture, additional ingredients, and a touch of salt, if desired, in a mixing bowl until the mixture just holds together. If required, add a bit more water. Using baking paper, line a 20x20cm (8x8in) baking pan.
  4. Invert the container and press the mixture inside. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until firm and brown. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing and cutting into 10 bars with a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely before using. Keeps for up to 5 days in an airtight tin.

Tip: Experiment with different dried fruit flavors, such as apricot, cranberry, currants, dried pears, apples, and raisins.


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