Store-bought cereal bars sound healthy, but they’re often packed with sugar and additives or the dreaded high fructose corn syrup. Instead, make your own.

Naturally sweetened, high protein - you can forget any guilt whenever the munchies attack. 

The sweetness comes from the dates. These are packed with calcium, magnesium natural minerals and antioxidants. The peanuts are a terrific protein sauce and will give you just as much nutrition as more expensive nuts.

Keep a batch in the fridge for those busy days, and they make a great post-workout snack too!


1 ½  cups rolled oats (gluten-free if you prefer)

1 cup packed mejool dates (around 200g)

¼ cup peanut butter or almond butter

¼ cup honey

¼ cup coconut or vegetable oil

½ cup unsalted peanuts, or almonds, chopped

½ cup seeds (choose from sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional extras – handful of chocolate chips, raisins, almonds, walnuts, inventive!


  1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees (120 fan). Lightly grease and line a 8 x 8 inch tray.
  2. Process the dates in a food processor until they start to form into a ball.
  3. Mix together the oats, dates, nuts and seeds in a large bowl, ensuring the dates are all mixed in.
  4. Place the honey, oil, peanut butter and vanilla in a saucepan. Heat through and stir until everything is melted and combined.
  5. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Press into the tray until everything is flattened. 
  7. Cook for  40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool and cut into 10 bars.

The Author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for PayasUgym. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.


Emma C.
15 September 2016

Emma C.

Hi Craig - personally I would be fine using standard snacking or cooking dates, but if they are dry then soaked them overnight first.

craig t.
13 September 2016

craig t.

I love to see a recipe without refined sugar. These look great, but can I just use normal cooking dates instead of mejool?

Sasha B.
7 September 2016

Sasha B.

Now these sound good, and because they have plenty of dates I know they will satisfy my sweet cravings too.

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