Breakfast Bars

There’s nothing quite like having breakfast ready as soon as you wake up in the morning. While these certainly don’t qualify as an elaborate, three course breakfast, they do the job as you’re running out the door and they’ll keep you full until lunchtime. What more can you ask for? Better yet, these delicious breakfast bars don’t require any time in the oven, unless you want to roast some of your ingredients beforehand. I’ve found that the flavor is perfect even without roasting your ingredients, so there’s no need to add any extra preparation time.

The base of these bars are four simple ingredients – dates, almond butter, honey and gluten free oats. Surprisingly enough, these four ingredients are all you need to keep these bars together! From there, you can add in anything else you’d like. I added a handful of slivered almonds and a handful of sunflower kernels for an extra punch of protein, although you can add any sort of nuts, seeds or dried fruit that you have around the house. You could even add in some dark chocolate if you’re feeling daring, although that would take away from the healthy aspect of these bars.

I feel as though dates are under-appreciated. They’re surprisingly good for you; they’re easy to digest, contain tons of healthy fiber and vitamins A, B6 and K. Almond butter is one of the healthiest nut butters you can find – with its heart healthy fats and antioxidants. It’s even healthier if you make it yourself. As a side note, if you want to make your own almond butter you can simply throw a bunch of almonds into your food processor, and after a while they’ll begin to release their own oils and turn into almond butter! Seriously, it’s like magic. And the almonds are so naturally sweet that you won’t need to add any other ingredients. The versatility of these little bars will make them a staple for those mornings you just don’t have time to cook for yourself.

This recipe makes 16 squares.



  • 1.5 cups rolled gluten free oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower kernels


In a food processor, process dates until they become a paste and clump together.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, almonds, sunflower kernels and dates.
In a small pan over medium-low heat, melt almond butter and honey together until they become liquid.
Transfer almond butter-honey mixture into the oat mixture. Mix together until combined, making sure that the dates are spread evenly throughout the mixture.
Place on a small baking sheet or pan lined with parchment paper, and flatten into one even layer.
Place the bars into the freezer and freeze for approximately 30 minutes, until hardened.
Cut the bars into 16 small squares and enjoy throughout the week!

Nutrition Facts per Serving:

  • Calories: 135
  • Total Fat: 5.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Potassium: 166mg
  • Carbs: 19.6g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 3.3g

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