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Chewy Granola Bars

Almond butter granola bars, perfectly chewy and with just the right amount of sweetness, are ideal for satisfying your sweet tooth without being overly indulgent. These chewy granola bars strike a delightful balance of flavor and texture.

A stack of four granola bars tilting to the right with a white background
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You may have noticed my love for granola and everything associated with it, including bars. Constantly exploring new and fun ways to enjoy granola is a passion of mine.

My latest rendition involves using equal parts of dates and figs. This mixture is a favorite because it results in exceptionally chewy granola bars. While I’ll eat crunchy granola bars – hardly ever turning up my nose at anything edible – my preference leans towards chewy granola bars.

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Ingredients and substitutes

  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Chia seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Hot water
  • Rolled oats – old-fashioned, not quick-cooking oats.
  • Almonds – raw and unsalted – or other nuts like cashews.
  • Slivered almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds – raw and unsalted.
  • Raisins
  • Almond butter – peanut butter, or another nut butter.
  • Salt
  • Chocolate chips – bittersweet, either regular-sized or mini chocolate chips.


You can store these bars in an airtight container on the counter for up to 4 days, or in the refrigerator for 10 days. You can also freeze them in a single layer in an airtight container or in layers with parchment paper between them.

A stack of four granola bars tilting to the right with a white background
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

How to make these granola bars


Get a medium-sized baking dish and grease it. You can also cut parchment paper to the bottom of the pan, but I’d also grease it. Also, get a large bowl and a sturdy rubber spatula.

Step one

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step two

Gather some ingredients: figs, dates, raisins, chia seeds, and maple syrup. (A)

Step three

Cut up the figs and dates into little pieces and add them to your large mixing bowl. Add chia seeds, maple syrup, and hot water.

Let the date mixture sit for 15 minutes.

Step four

Gather the almond butter, oats, almonds, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. (B)

Left - figs, dates, chia seeds, and chocolate. Right - almonds, pumpkin seeds, and nuts on a table
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Step five

The dates and figs have rested and hydrated, so add all the other ingredients to the bowl. (C)

Step six

Take a rubber spatula and stir it and fold the ingredients together.

Step seven

Add the granola mixture to a greased medium baking dish. I pack it down. (D)

Left - Almond butter and the ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed. Right - the granola pressed into the baking dish
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Step eight

Place it in the oven and bake it for 35 minutes.

Baking dish fresh out of the oven with the granola bars in it
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Let the granola bars cool to room temperature before cutting them with a sharp knife . Remember, it may be gooey, but that is a good thing. Gooey means chewy!

Four granola bars on a white table
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All cut up and ready to eat.

Four bars cut up and stacked with parchment paper between them. They are on a white background
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I hope you enjoyed this chewy granola bars recipe!

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A stack of four granola bars tilting to the right with a white background

Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy granola bars are a delightful blend of dates and figs, offering a perfectly chewy texture. These homemade bars are easy to make, nutritious, and ideal for on-the-go snacking. Enjoy a wholesome, delicious treat any time of the day.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Snack
Keyword: almond butter granola bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 314kcal


  • 5 dates (5 – 6, chopped)
  • 5 figs (5 – 6, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups raw almonds (unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (unsalted)
  • 2/3 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, add chopped dates, figs, chia seeds, maple syrup, and hot water
    5 dates, 5 figs, 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 3/4 cups hot water
  • Stir and let the date mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  • Get a baking dish and liberally grease it. Preheat the oven to 325℉.
  • Add oats, almonds, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, raisins, salt, and chocolate chips. Stir with a rubber spatula.
    1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 3/4 cups raw almonds, 1/2 cup slivered almonds, 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds, 2/3 cups raisins, 1/2 cup almond butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Press the date mixture into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely before cutting it into with a sharp knife. Cut it to whatever size squares you prefer.
  • Eat, smile, and enjoy.
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Serving: 1bar | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 394mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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