No-Bake Granola Bars

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Someone once asked me how I know when to give up on a recipe. Sometimes I realize after a few tries, that I should just forget about it. And others, like the tarte tropézienne in my next book, I made seventeen times until I got it just right. (Because I got a little crazy about getting it just right, including bringing slices around to local bakeries to get their opinions. Plus making a second trip to the bakery in the south of France where I had the one that inspired me to include it.) And the cake has four components, so multiply that times seventeen, but I still didn’t give up until I got it just right.

No-bake granola bars

Speaking of my next book, I had a kind of funny idea (well, at least to me…) to end the book with a recipe that has been vexing me for ages: granola bars. And I would accompany my spectacular barre de müesli recipe with a triumphant story about how I was able to succeed in the face of multi-grain adversity, which somehow I could turn into a metaphor for my culinary life. (In that very special way that I do…which has editors scratching their heads as my writing curves from one completely different subject to eventually landing on another – which, if I/they have any luck, is on the recipe at hand.)

No-bake granola bars

But after a whole other round of testing, as my deadline loomed – and I had depleted all the flacons d’avoine (oats) in the natural food stores of my neighborhood – I realized that it was time to give up my idea of including a naturally delicious dream bar, and move on with the rest of my life.

No-bake granola bars

Then, one day, I had little peanut butter frosting leftover from a project, sitting in a bowl on the counter. And since we were taking a trip and I wanted to bake up something to take along to snack on, I mixed it up with some nuts, dried fruits, and whatever I had around – then pressed the whole shebang into a pan and baked it up. And you know what? Bingo! They were the best granola bars I’d ever had, hands down. C’est la verité.

No-bake granola bars

Realizing that I had finally hit le jackpot, when I got back into my kitchen after the trip, I tried to reproduce them without the generous dab of frosting, over and over, and over and over. And I knew I couldn’t publish a recipe that called for 7 5/8th tablespoons of peanut butter frosting. (You’re welcome.)

But after I had fiddled, and futzed, and soldiered on, scraping batch after batch of sticky or crumbly granola bar mixture out of pans, I was ready (again) to toss in the torchon (kitchen towel).

No-bake granola bars

I don’t mind failure, because you learn so much from it. And anything successful is probably the result of the many failures that came before it. But I had come, once again, to accept defeat. And being in France, I have the paperwork to prove it.

No-bake granola bars

Then, one fine winter day, several months (and several kilos of rolled oats) later, I came across a bunch of recipes for no-bake granola bars online.*

No-bake granola bars

So I resumed my frenzied testing this week, as if I had never stopped. And even though I had some failures, the upside is that I’ve contributed generously to the financial well-being of the natural food stores in my neighborhood. Although these bars may crumble a bit when you slice – and eat – them, they’re pretty great to snack on. If you have any problems, there’s always granola**, which I’ve tested a number of times as well (!)

Enfin, I am now officially done with granola bars. And since so many are into pin-point precision, you are welcome to bookmark this page and keep it for future reference, and throw this whole oaty, nutty episode back in my face. These granola bars get their flavor from equal amounts of natural peanut butter and honey, which bind together a crunchy mix of peanuts, almonds, sesame seeds, and dark chocolate chips, with a handful of dried sour cherries thrown into the mix.

No-bake granola bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

One 8-inch (20cm) square pan

One of my many tries was made with almond butter. While it was tasty, almond butter doesn’t have quite the same smoothness of peanut butter. But it tasted good so feel free to play around with that, or other thick smooth, nut butters that interest you. And you can swap out any kind of nuts that you wish. I liked half almonds and half peanuts; the candied peanuts that I snuck in during one try were particularly tasty.

I used Deglet nour dates, but any dates would work fine. Avoid chunks or bits sold as “date pieces,” which often contain oat flour and are kind of dry.

  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (45g) sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup (60g) whole almonds
  • 1 cup (125g) pitted and diced dates
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup (35g) dried sour cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (75g) roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (65g) smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (80g) honey
  • pinch of salt

1. Line the bottom of an 8-inch (20cm) square pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

2. Spread the oats and sesame seeds on a baking sheet and toast for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once or twice while baking, until they are slightly browned. Scrape them into a large bowl. Spread the almonds on the baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop and add the almonds to the oats.

3. Add the dates, chocolate chips, cherries, and peanuts to the bowl.

4. Heat the peanut butter, honey, and salt in a small saucepan, stirring until warm, but not boiling. Pour the peanut butter and honey over the mixture in the bowl and stir until it’s completely incorporated; using your hands is the best way to go. Transfer the mixture to the pan and pat it down so it’s as flat as possible. Freeze the granola bars for30 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the freezer and run a knife around the edge to release it from the pan. Tip the mixture out, remove the parchment paper, and cut into rectangles. If the mixture looks like it’s going to crumble (I hear ya!) – cut bars directly from the pan.

Store the granola bars in the refrigerator.

*This recipe is adapted from recipes by Minimalist Baker and Government of Canada.

**If you end up with crumbly granola bars, break the mixture into small pieces, separating them with your fingers on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350ºF (180ºC) oven until the mixture is lightly browned, about 10 minutes or so, stirring it a few times during baking. Let cool, and store your delicious granola in an airtight container.

-Regular baked granola bars that people have had success with are those by Ina Garten, Smitten Kitchen, Melissa Clark, Alton Brown, and King Arthur Flour.

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88 comments

  • February 6, 2014 4:41pm

    Right up my alley! You never ever fail to impress my taste buds.

  • Jennifer Tate
    February 6, 2014 4:48pm

    Well, finally something useful from my own government on their website! And it only took an American living in France to find it! Thanks!

  • February 6, 2014 4:52pm

    You had me with the oats, but then came the dates. I knew there was SUCCESS written all over your forehead at that point, but then came the chocolate. “Yoo-Hoo” you have this old lady’s attention! But…there’s peanut butter…

    I think you’re a genius! I’m trampling through the Dallas-Fort Worth snowfall to Cental Market today. I NEED dates. (Think I’ll add me a Tablespoon of chia seeds for power- packing.)

    This has HEALTHY written all over it! Muchas gracias Honey-Bunches! :)

  • February 6, 2014 4:53pm

    No bake granola, oh David! I could hug you right now. :-)

  • February 6, 2014 4:58pm

    Thanks for putting all your ingredients by weight as well as by volume, especially the peanut butter! Measuring out peanut butter in a measuring cup is messy and I much prefer scooping it straight into the pot.

  • February 6, 2014 5:05pm

    I’m so excited about this recipe, thanks for sharing! I haven’t been too successful in my search for good granola in France, but I’ve been too overwhelmed by the 1,000 recipes to try making some myself…definitely making these ASAP!

  • February 6, 2014 5:13pm

    David, I would feel right at home, experimenting in the kitchen with you, perfecting a recipe. These sound great, though I would leave out the chocolate chips if I were making them for myself. I’d definitely go with the peanut butter; I’ve quite gone off almond butter for the time being, after having eaten too much of it recently just so it wouldn’t go bad!

  • February 6, 2014 5:39pm

    You should spell it flavons d’avoine, not flaçons ;-) …. but does it matter ? :-D These granola bars are soooo yummy ! thank you !

  • February 6, 2014 5:39pm

    Granola bars have been vexing me for years. They either fall apart or they chip a tooth! Now I trust only recipes that begin with a story like yours: about the travails of making granola bars. Those are the people who know! I’ll be trying this one . . .

  • February 6, 2014 5:42pm

    Sounds interesting. I always like something to snack on during a journey (hate buying airport or station food). I recently had some avoine that needed using up and some brown bananas and found a recipe for combining the two. I must say the result was rather like damp cardboard and not nice at all. I wondered how anybody could have posted the recipe…..yours however look très délicieux and I shall look forward to my next journey to try them out…..

  • February 6, 2014 5:54pm

    Yummy!

  • Miss Bougie
    February 6, 2014 5:55pm

    David, this sounds really delicious. I have tried various on-line recipes in the past, but never found the right one. I’ll definitely try yours.
    One question, though. Why does the anglo-saxon world call them “rolled” oats. Aren’t they regular oats, like in “flocon d’avoine”? Curious mind wants to know.

    • February 6, 2014 6:01pm
      David Lebovitz

      Once hulled, oats look like kernels – they’re rounded, and are somewhat similar in shape to grains of rice. Rolled oats have been steamed and flattened into flakes (flacons), and are usually referred to as “rolled oats”. Sometimes they’re called “old-fashioned oats” as well.

  • Simone
    February 6, 2014 6:08pm

    David-you had me at “no bake”:) One question-can I substitute raw Tehina paste for the peanut butter? What would the texture/consistency be like if I do? Thanks in advance.

    • February 6, 2014 6:10pm
      David Lebovitz

      I would avoid tahini/tehina because it’s quite runny and the bars may not be firm enough to slice. Peanut butter is a lot denser so I recommend using that – although if that’s not available, another thick nut butter would work.

  • Sarahb1313
    February 6, 2014 6:18pm

    OK, you got me at the sour cherries. Technicality, but since the oven is on for toasting, why not just do a baked bar?
    This recipe looks great and I love all the ingredients.

  • Jude
    February 6, 2014 6:30pm

    When I lived in Costa Rica and realized bought cereal is not of that culture and insanely expensive, I started making my own granola. Curiously, although the Costa Ricans don’t eat cereal, there’s an excellent company there, Bio-land that produces quality grains. I made all kinds of versions (literally tons) and tried it out on the surfers, finally ending with a version I still use. Granola bars on the other hand always eluded my culinary ability, ( probably the humidity contributed) so I’m looking forward to trying this recipe here in the States, ( I live in the south and there’s still humidy, but I’m in a climate controlled house and it’s winter!)

  • February 6, 2014 6:35pm

    What a great post! I just went through the same process, but for a baked bar. I love the idea of this raw bar though and will definitely give it a go. The experimenting process is always so much fun, even when frustrating. Can’t wait for the new book! Here’s the link to my bars. Hope it’s okay to share it here? http://janeannthompson.com/posts/see-bars/

  • February 6, 2014 6:57pm

    David, hi! One question… can you put, instead of the dates dred plums???

  • February 6, 2014 6:57pm

    Knowing my skills, they’ll be crumbly ;-). How long will they keep in the fridge?

  • Libby
    February 6, 2014 6:59pm

    This sounds amazing – for part of my family. Do you have any recommendations for doing these with no nuts? I know it’s odd but my son loves granola and he’s allergic to nuts. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer –

  • Kiki
    February 6, 2014 7:01pm

    Wow; you certainly got a lot of dedication… BRAVO
    I found it quite difficult to find ‘flocons d’avoine’ in France – something I can’t do without for my Birchermuesli (and I also sprinkle it between the pastry & the baking sheet to get crustier bottoms when making pies (pas d’quoi… pleasure!) but I’ve found them eventually in the health shop department of my local store. And your slightly wrong way of writing flocons – which I translate to the English flakes – brought back another linguistic problem I had when I went to live in UK – you speak of rolled oats which is quand-même slightly different to oat flakes (or in Switzerland we call them Haferflocken and Hafernuessli – the Nüssli are not rolled out and flattened but very slightly puffed up and they are divine…. I enclose a (sadly in German only) link with a trail of Q&A:
    http://www.migipedia.ch/de/lebensmittel/cerealien/bio-hafernuessli/200g
    The funny bit is that the site is called MIGIpedia…. (from Migros)!

    However, I can’t think where I would find peanut butter here….

    On the other hand, I’m no fan of Granola bars so the question is rather a theoretical one – what got my attention however are, as usual, your stellar photos – and the suggestion of using Deglet Nour ‘branchée’ dates – they are wonderful.

    SO MUCH info in one post – you’re a genius!

  • Hannah Simpson-Grossman
    February 6, 2014 7:03pm

    Delicious post!
    I enjoyed imaging you trying, buying and throwing towels.
    Will try them soon, please God, possible with Tahini rather than a nut butter.
    Thank you/

  • February 6, 2014 7:04pm

    Love the addition of dates and sour cherries. Raisins are so ordinary ;)

  • Nat
    February 6, 2014 7:15pm

    Wow! These look great!

    But, am I the only one wondering how you do this with peanut butter frosting? (David, I am assuming you had the left over peanut butter/butter cream from those delicious cupcakes you posted about in December, right? Cause I also still have a frozen half gallon of that from my trial.) Just sub the frosting for peanut butter and honey? And, you mentioned baking?

    I mean if you are going to eat granola…..

  • February 6, 2014 7:32pm

    In the Uk we call them flapjacks, they are baked and I never go on a winter walk without them!
    Try the British versions on my site if you like but I will give a go to your un-baked ones…
    Thx for the report!

  • Angelique
    February 6, 2014 7:41pm

    Yum, but I must add coconut and toasted hazelnuts. =)

  • February 6, 2014 8:10pm

    Great recipe and one that I’m definitely going to try!

  • Barbara
    February 6, 2014 8:15pm

    so glad you didn’t give up on granola bars! these sound great. I’ve used the King Arthur recipe with much success and some adaptation as well.

  • Dina
    February 6, 2014 9:10pm

    Thank you for the tarte tropézienne! Can’t wait!! As for this and anything else, we will never throw anything in your face. ever. I am sure this is amazing! As for almond butter not being as smooth as peanut butter… I don’t know what it is like in France, but the one here is pretty smooth.

    And Government of Canada…. seriously??? LOL I would’ve never looked there!

  • February 6, 2014 9:15pm

    I think that given your hours of work I ought to at least try this. But I’m going to soak my oats which might alter my course a bit. And I was just thinking that I was due for a big batch of granola….

  • Sharon
    February 6, 2014 9:22pm

    Congrats, David, for finally getting rid of that bugaboo. Congrats for not giving up! I am anxious to try this and must do it soon since my significant other keeps nipping at the dates in the pantry.

  • Sylvie
    February 6, 2014 9:29pm

    Tropeziene!!! I’m salivating. I spent a summer on the Cote d’Azure and loved an afternoon ristretto and une tarte tropeziene. Had totally forgotten about them until I read your blog today. Can’t wait for that recipe!!!

  • Kathy
    February 6, 2014 9:30pm

    Well it’s about time! ;)

  • February 6, 2014 9:33pm

    Well after all the kerf ugly and editing I think it would be rude not to make this at home!! Am sure it’s great tho

  • Natalie S
    February 6, 2014 9:34pm

    Hi Libby, I have to make nut substitutions all the time for kids in my daughter’s class, and always use seeds instead. You could substitute sunflower, pumpkin or flax seeds for the almonds/peanuts and Sunbutter for the peanut butter. Coconut flakes would work too, if those are OK with your son’s allergy. Hope that helps!

  • February 6, 2014 9:41pm

    Right on time..I just started a diet and this one seems to be THE perfect bar..Merci pour l’effort..

  • February 6, 2014 11:18pm

    These look positively delicious! Love the addition of dates – they’re really great for keeping you full, making them a great snack item.

  • Jeannie
    February 6, 2014 11:25pm

    Will be anxiously awaiting the Tarte Tropezienne recipe to share with my belle-mere. She made one some 15 years ago using a recipe from “La Voix du Nord” and it remains one of her most spectacular failures. The only person at the table who could choke it down was her daughter’s fiancé. He even went back for seconds to the shock of his future siblings-in-law who lovingly and immediately bestowed upon him the title of “fayot.”

  • February 6, 2014 11:55pm

    David, your writing can always put smile on my face :) As I need something to munch in the afternoon, I will bookmark this recipe as for now.

  • Paige
    February 7, 2014 1:18am

    Maybe I missed a comment that already mentioned this, but the recipe notes cherries. I assume you meant dates.

    • February 7, 2014 9:30am
      David Lebovitz

      The recipe has both dates and sour cherries in it. They’re added in step 3.

  • Sara
    February 7, 2014 1:24am

    Oh my goodness, David Lebovitz! Thank you! Thank you! My life has become very frenzied, and I edited the list of blogs I follow down to two – yours and another. I rarely comment here, but this inspired me to comment. Your dedication to quality is impeccable. I do not know you, but I am so proud of you. Thank you for the care for detail you put into your work. You, sir, are an inspiration to me of the beauty that can be birthed when talent is married with perseverance. Thank you, sir. Soldier on.

  • February 7, 2014 1:25am

    Love the addition of dark chocolate chips and dried sour cherries (:

  • Anna
    February 7, 2014 1:53am

    I love this and am in the kitchen now with my 12 month old baby on my hip at the ready to whip these up. I’m always looking to save time (and dirty dishes), so I’m wondering if the almonds can be toasted on the same pan with the oats and sesame seeds?

  • February 7, 2014 2:19am

    Thanks for the recipe David! How long will these last if stored in the fridge? I’d also imagine you could individually wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer for months.

  • February 7, 2014 2:29am

    Thank you so much!! Last night I was roasting oatmeal in hopes to make something exactly like your recipe. Thanks for the 17 test batches <3

    Making this tonight.

  • February 7, 2014 2:41am

    It’d be terrific with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of it.

    (just to get another food group [dairy] in there — yes, we health nuts are incorrigible)

  • February 7, 2014 3:20am

    These look great David. And how hilarious (well I think so) that you adapted this from a “Healthy Canadians” website. Of all the places!

  • Carolyn Z
    February 7, 2014 3:56am

    Why not eat the bar with your favorite yogurt? That’s a complete meal right there!

    They seem so delicious and hearty. I love granola bars.

  • Estelle
    February 7, 2014 5:10am

    These look lovely and I will give them a go. I wonder how many calories are in one serving. Sadly I am counting calories. Must loose the holiday bloat.
    Thanks David for coming up with a healthy bar.

  • February 7, 2014 5:38am

    Very nice…I like the ingredients, and raw, why not…better for you. Thanks!

  • February 7, 2014 7:07am

    I like these flavors: dates plus peanut butter plus chocolate plus sour cherries. Yum. Not a big granola bar fan, but I would try these (I like actual granola and muesli though).

  • Lucinda
    February 7, 2014 7:57am

    Fantastic!! I’m so glad you where persistent enough to find the answer.

  • june2
    February 7, 2014 8:37am

    Yeah…am thinking that baking them with the peanut butter frosting from your cupcakes is crucial, since you’ve mentioned it being ‘perfect’ and all…! and love the chocolate and cherry addition, yes!

  • February 7, 2014 11:15am

    Wow, these do look yummy and I admire u for the reason that u didn’t give up on it , which surely, I would have, so well done ;) talking about peanut butter or almond butter plus honey plus dates- it somehow sounds very very sweet ;) I think to try this without dates :) but will I be ruining the recipe? :)

  • February 7, 2014 12:37pm

    Love all of these ingredients! Would be great with dried apples as well

  • Elsie
    February 7, 2014 1:33pm

    Perfect. Made this morning with hazelnuts and almonds and crunchy peanut butter (which seemed to work ok). They are not at all crumbly and I am having to stop myself going back for more. Think I may try figs instead of dates next time (for the crunchy seeds).

  • Kathleen in Mexico
    February 7, 2014 6:30pm

    Muchas gracias for doing all the work and research, leaving us to eat/reap the rewards!

    Roasted peanuts are not usually in our kitchen, but I remembered my husband just brought home 2 packets of peanuts from his Delta Airlines trip to L.A. So I checked the weight — 12 grams each. I would need SIX of them to total a scant 1/2 cup. Can a package of airline peanuts possibly get any smaller? But I will soldier on as you did, and expect a great outcome.

  • February 7, 2014 7:20pm

    You had me at “multi-grain adversity”. Thanks for doing all the legwork.

  • February 8, 2014 4:15am

    Ha, I feel like that’s exactly how my best recipes are! I make something using whatever’s in my fridge; it’s incredible; I try to replicate it without one of the stranger ingredients, and it doesn’t work. Sigh.

  • Rijk
    February 8, 2014 9:53am

    @davidlebovitz I just read your Sonoma interview, I would be an iDeal dinner guest for you as I would clean up completely, promised. ( do you get the hint?) next week I fly to LAX and guess what is ( often) on my shopping list….heavy duty alu foil!

  • Deborah eve
    February 9, 2014 12:54am

    These are delicious, but I wish I knew why mine are crumbly. Followed the directions exactly. Tips, anyone? Thanks for any advice.

  • Cheinan
    February 9, 2014 1:19am

    I just made these substituting cape gooseberries for sour cherries, which my store didn’t carry.

    Step 2 was unclear. I wasn’t sure if I should add the almonds to the toasting oatmeal and sesame, or remove the oatmeal and sesame and toast the almonds separately. I decided to be safe and toast them separately and got unclear results. The oatmeal and sesame toasted in 17 minutes, so it could have gone either way.

    They’re very good, although a bit sweet for my taste. I think next time I’ll try increasing the peanut butter at the expense of the honey.

    • February 9, 2014 12:26pm
      David Lebovitz

      In step 2:

      A. Toast oats and seeds on baking sheet. When done, transfer to bowl.

      B. Spread almonds on baking sheet, toast, then chop, then add to the oats in the bowl.

      Alternately, you could toast them separately on two baking sheets at the same time, although it’s an additional piece of equipment to wash up afterward. You could likely decrease the honey.

  • February 9, 2014 8:40am

    I admire your persistence. Glad it finally paid off. The resulting granola bars sound incredibly yummy. Trouble with snacking on stuff like this though, it so easily gets out of hand (and into mouth)!

    • Simone
      February 9, 2014 10:16am

      David-I posted a question about your recipe that must have fallen “through the cracks” -can you substitute tehini paste for the peanut butter? If so is it a 1:1 ratio? Thks in advance

      • February 9, 2014 12:23pm
        David Lebovitz

        That was answered here.

  • Martha
    February 9, 2014 3:52pm

    David, thanks for this delicious and simple recipe. Just made these yesterday. Enjoying them with coffee right now.

  • savvy
    February 9, 2014 7:12pm

    Oh, how I love having Whole Foods only 5 min from home. Can get dates and honey there later. The bars sound fantastic! Have your book within reach and sight in my kitchen- have shared with many, gifted to more. Please keep cooking and writing for many seasons ahead!! THANKS!!!

  • Sara Sato
    February 9, 2014 9:46pm

    My husband is riding in a century around Lake Tahoe to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He’s going to take these bars to fuel himself and his team. Thank you very much, David!

  • Natalie
    February 9, 2014 11:55pm

    Just made these today, and they are fantastic! Thank you for not giving up on granola bars!

  • Gavrielle
    February 10, 2014 6:10am

    These look incredible! A note for people who don’t want to turn the oven on just to toast things: I’ve had a lot of success toasting nuts and seeds in the microwave. You have to watch them carefully, as they can turn from toasty to burned quickly, but they come out beautifully and it saves a lot of time and power.

    • February 10, 2014 9:59am
      David Lebovitz

      Yes, you can also toast nuts and oats on the stovetop in a wide skillet. As you’ve mentioned (in the microwave), they can burn on the stovetop if you’re not paying attention – but if you stir constantly and remain vigilant, you don’t need to turn on the oven.

  • February 10, 2014 1:49pm

    I have the paperwork to prove it… love that! :o)

  • February 10, 2014 3:06pm

    You can never go wrong with dark chocolate and granola!

  • February 11, 2014 12:17am

    I’m wondering if it’s too late to get up and make these now…?

  • Suzanne
    February 11, 2014 5:49pm

    The government of Canada, huh? Does Canada have a baking blog? Best. Country. Ever.

  • Sebastián...
    February 12, 2014 8:33pm

    Thanks David, love your photography … I would like to use dehydrated strawberries in this recipe because in my city it is too expensive to use dried sour cherries… Is there any form to dehydrate that fruit at my house??? It would be great…

    • February 12, 2014 11:34pm
      David Lebovitz

      I don’t know about dehydrating strawberries, unless you have a machine to do it (or you could do them in the oven, I supposed) but better to just swap out another dried fruit, such as raisins, diced apricots, prunes, pineapple, papaya, or whatever is available.

  • Payal
    February 13, 2014 10:09am

    I have adapted that minimalist baker version of the granola bar via sprouted kitchen and when I saw that your recipe was also based on that, I felt reassured that it is indeed a keeper. I also toast my oats, almonds, I use black sesame seeds and chia seeds and use corn flakes for crunch. I keep the peanut better and use honey + maple syrup combination as the sweetner. The bars are crumbly, but they are delicious.
    I will have to try your version of the adaptation.

  • February 13, 2014 12:54pm

    Made them this evening. Di-vine. That is all..,

  • Kathy in Los Angeles
    February 13, 2014 9:15pm

    Excellent! Success! Thank you, David. I used a very creamy almond butter from Whole Foods. Delicious.

  • iryna
    February 16, 2014 12:26am

    Hi David,
    I used Barney creamy almond butter with wonderful results. Thanks for sharing these yummies!

  • Rebecca
    February 23, 2014 6:08pm

    I made these yesterday and they are soooo good! They came together easily and cut into nice, clean bars. Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Deborah eve
      February 23, 2014 7:59pm

      Aw shucks, I love these too and have made them several times, but mine are so crumbly! What am I doing wrong?

  • Trisha
    February 24, 2014 7:54pm

    I’ve just found your blog (what the heck took me so long!) and being Canadian, it cracks me up that the first recipe I read finds inspiration from a Government of Canada website. I knew the government subsidizes agriculture, but who knew they also makes good granola bars? Glad to see my tax dollars hard at work!

  • Vicake
    March 7, 2014 12:50am

    Thank you so much for this recipe!
    Made it by the letter the first time, it turned out great, never crumbled. So I decided to attempt a school friendly, AKA nuts free, version. I substituted sunflower and pumpkin seeds for nuts and raw tahini for peanut butter, keeping the original volumes. I did not heat the tahini, just mixed it with warm honey. Turned out equally great, not crumbly, no problems cutting!