Dates provide all the sweetness you need for these no-bake energy bars. Each square serves up a hearty dose of protein--thanks to peanut butter and peanuts--as well as fiber from rolled oats. Kids will love the chewy bites with crunchy nuts.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, July 2018


Recipe Summary

25 mins
1 hr 25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Soak dates in hot water to cover in a medium bowl for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water.

  • Meanwhile, line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over 2 sides. Lightly coat the parchment with cooking spray.

  • Combine the soaked dates, peanut butter, oats and salt in a food processor; process until very finely chopped and starting to clump together. If the mixture seems dry, add a little of the reserved soaking water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Transfer to the medium bowl and stir in peanuts. Spread the mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan.

  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on Medium (50%) until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread the chocolate evenly over the oat mixture. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Remove from the pan by lifting the overhanging parchment. Cut into 16 squares.


Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

To make ahead: Refrigerate bars for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

203 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 17.4g 6% DV; dietary fiber 2.7g 11% DV; sugars 11.1g; fat 12.7g 20% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; vitamin a iu 13.9IU; folate 8mcg 2% DV; calcium 12.3mg 1% DV; iron 0.7mg 4% DV; magnesium 24.3mg 9% DV; potassium 130.5mg 4% DV; sodium 90mg 4% DV; thiamin 0mg 3% DV; added sugar 3g.

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
These bars are so good! I followed the recipe and they came out perfectly. I brought them to work for my co-workers and they loved them too. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
They are very tasty. Mine were very mushy even after refrigeration so cutting them was difficult but maybe I added too much of the reserved water. As I said very good but they can't be "Good" for you! Read More