Date and Oat Bars

Date and Oat Bars

These date and oat bars are one of the best things ever. They may not be as exciting as sweet potato brownies or raw chocolate but they’re just so handy. I try and keep a batch in my kitchen most weeks so that I have something to grab as I run out the door in the morning or I carry a couple around with me to snack on when I need an energy boost. These bars stick together so well that they’re easy to take in your bag and you won’t need to worry about them spilling or making mess. Plus they’re so simple to make and they’re packed with goodness, which will help start your day in a positive way. If I’m eating them at home then I love dipping the bars into a jar of almond butter, it’s dangerously delicious and so addictive! You can also spread a little almond butter and mashed banana over the top of a bar for an awesome afternoon snack.

Makes 20 bars (about 3×1 inches big)

– 400g of oats

– 20 medjool dates (400g)

– 300ml of water

– 200g of raisins

– 100g of sunflower seeds

– 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

– 4 tablespoons of chia seeds with 16 tablespoons of water

– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Start by pre-heating the oven to 200C

Then combine the chia seeds and water in a mug. Let this mix sit for about ten minutes until a gel forms. While the chia gel forms, pit the dates and place them in a saucepan with the coconut oil. Allow the dates and coconut oil to melt for about five minutes – until the dates are nice and soft.

Next, place the dates and coconut oil into a blender with the water and blend until a smooth paste forms.

Add the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and stir in the date mix. Then once the chia gel has formed stir this into the mix too.

Line a baking tray (about 6×9 inches) with baking paper, or grease it with coconut oil. Then pour the granola bar mix into it the baking tray and spread it evenly across.

Place the tray in the oven for about 35 minutes, until the top turns golden. At this point take the tray out of the oven and leave it to cool for about 15 minutes, before cutting it into bars – this is important for getting them to set!

Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature.

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  • Samantha Hope

    Hi Ella, do you chop the dates before you put them in the saucepan, or just pop them in whole (and pitted of course!)?

  • Lesley Mott

    Ella. Have just received your book, and love it. BUT please add gas mark to your recipes, as I cook on gas and have to look it up every time – which gets tedious! Most recipe books these days seem to ignore gas, and I am not sure why. We are eating differently since subscribing to your blog, and feel much better for it. Have also lost weight! Thanks for that. Lesley

  • Lorraine

    Hi Ella, is it possible to make your recipes oil-free, to not use the coconut oil? Thanks :)

  • Paul

    Hi Ella – would it be possible for you to give nutritional
    values for the recipes? Like how many carbs and how much fat
    is included for each portion? That would help me plan my day!
    Can I find that information somewhere else on your site?
    THANKS ELLA

  • http://rubenesquerose.blogspot.com.au/ Rose

    I just made some of these, and they’re delicious. I just used Pumpkin Seeds instead of Sunflower, and added a bit of agave syrup for a little more sweetness. Lovely recipe

  • Chloe

    I’m going to Glastonbury festival this year and want to make lots of healthy snacks to bring with me to keep my IBS happy. How long do you think these would last bearing in mind it could be quite warm? Chloe :)

  • http://classroomlife.com David Mathias

    Hello Ella. Heard you in an interview on Radio 5 Live with Dan & Sarah the other day whilst driving back home – great to hear how you have used food to help you back to health as I am attempting to do, too.

    Have since checked out your blog and today made some banana pancakes (minus the bananas as our small town in rural Thailand had mysteriously ran out of them) but used coconut milk and blackberries instead. They came out perfectly formed but a bit strange but I’m not going to somehow blame you for that or that lack of bananas on a Saturday, as some commenters might! :).

    I have also made the black bean (used red beans as no black) and kidney bean chili and that was great – very satisfying. Finally, before I get to my question about dates, I also had a bash at your energy bites. Replaced hemp protein powder with maca powder extract as I’d never heard of the former and used brazil nuts as my ‘other nut’ ingredient. They came out pretty well and I scoffed three this afternoon before taking the dog for a walk – got a lot of energy out of them.

    So, date question – why the propensity to use ‘medjool dates’? Is it the size, nutritional value or other criteria when compared to other types of dates? I can’t get any from the main town nearest to where I live but can get other types so I’m looking forward to making your date and oat bars next Wednesday and will bring me back some medjool dates next time I’m in the Middle East.

    Sorry for the long comment – blame the energy bites! Keep the recipes coming and have a great year!

  • Patrícia Lourenço

    Hi Ella. It’s the first time I comment you blog, but I really love your ideas and sugestions. I’m from Portugal, and I’m already apologizing if I made some error writing in English.
    There are manny of your recipes that I would like to try, like this one, but I do not like dates and also medjool. What can I use in substitute? Tkanks.

  • Claire

    Hi Ella,
    These look yummy, I think I’ll be making some tomorrow for our mid-morning snacks in the office :) Just one question (which might be a stupid one)… I have dates in the cupboard, but in recipes like this one I see “medjool” dates specified. What are these and does it matter if I just use ‘ordinary’ ones from a packet? I’ve never really used them much before so not much of an officionado… Thanks :) xx

  • Sara

    Hey Ella, love your blog and this recipe. I have a request, can you please be consistent with your measurements or provide both cups and grams? It can be confusing and some of us are college students on a budget that don’t own a food scale!

  • Lisa

    Hi Ella, do the dates have to be medjool? Also is there a substitute for coconut oil please? thanks for the constant great recipes and inspiration! :)

  • hayleygray

    These look lovely, I’ll give them a go!

  • http://glutenfreefooddesert.wordpress.com american meg

    These sound great Ella! What do you recommend to use for a quantity if I just have regular dates instead of medjool?
    Thanks!
    Megan

  • Hannah

    Hi Ella, I have just made these and love the flavour! However, after cooking for 35 mins and cooling for an hour they are still gooey/chewy in the middle. Is this right or are they supposed to be crunchy like flapjacks? Many thanks!

  • Charlottes Life

    Can’t wait to make these! I have all the ingredients:D

  • Maria Smith Klatt

    Hi Ella. I find that medjool dates are very expensive to buy and often in small packets so 20 would cost over £5 at my local supermarket. Any other options here or advice on where to buy? Also is using a lot of dried fruit still actually high fructose / concentrated sugars and in turn not hugely healthy? Any thoughts on this whole sweetener issue? Just ordered your book so looking forward to reading it. Thanks!

  • Andrew Davies

    Made these this afternoon and they are delicious, thanks for another great recipe!

  • Cariena

    I think more people may have asked you this question: but when I don’t have medjool dates, but ‘regular’ dates, can I use them too? If yes, do I have to soak them in water? x

  • Ellen

    I made the bars today but needed found that the 6 x 9 baking tray was too small. I used a 9 x 13 for the mixture. While it was cooling, I drizzled a bit of maple syrup on them. Just delicious.
    Ellen USA

  • Ellen

    I made the bars today but found that the 6 x 9 tray was too small for the mix. I used a 9 x 13 tray and drizzled maple syrup on them as they cooled. Just delicious.

  • https://superfitbabe.wordpress.com/ Cassie

    Lovely photo!

  • Carmel

    These look fab but please please please can you still include the ‘mug’ measurements as well as the precise ones. It’s one of the main reason I loved your recipes, so much quicker and less faff to use the mug way.. Love it! Please let’s not lose that. Many thanks

  • Chantal

    Hiya, in your book you mention that for nut allergy sufferers you can swap nuts for pumpkin seeds when it’s just one of a few ingredients in the recipe. Would you use the same quantity? The gnocchi with pea pesto for example calls for 1 mug of Brazilian nuts. Would pumpkin seeds work? Thanks a million x

  • Ju

    Hey Ella ! Can we make those bars with dried figs ? I’m not sure they will melt as dates, but I’m a figs fan… Thanks from France, where you’re also read :)

  • http://www.whitecloudphotographic.com/ White Cloud Photographic

    wow, nice photography, clean and simple, makes the bars look great!

  • kelly

    Hi ella, unrelated to the post but do you happen to know of any spas in the UK that serve healthy food? Thanks so much xx

  • GG

    Would it be possible to use flax seeds instead of chia seeds?

  • Chloe

    I’m going to Glastonbury festival this year and want to make lots of healthy snacks to bring with me to keep my IBS happy. How long do you think these would last bearing in mind it could be quite warm? Chloe :)

  • http://littlejars.con/ Laura-Ashley Boden

    Just made these. Thanks for a perfect Sunday recipe! The house smells amazing! Now to wait until they cool……trying not to sneak a bite ❤️

    • Peter Hamer

      Hi Ella, I’m a very new convert, just trying out a few things. Is 6×9″ baking tray correct, they seemed a little thick, i’m not sure they cooked properly before they started to burn on top.

      Peter (not a great cook)

      • ellawoodward

        Hi Peter, yes I used a 6×9 inches baking tray. They should turn out a little thick and moist but you could always you a slightly wider tray to make them slightly thinner. Have a lovely day! X

  • Virginia

    Great recipe! Would be useful if you could put cup measurements as well as grams & ml :)

  • http://www.ethicalfashionblog.com/ Style Eyes

    These look amazing, I am definitely going to have a go at making them!

  • Laura Shimili

    Hi Ella these look yummy. Just a question would they be good for children? What about the energy balls, I made them the other day and my son who’s 3 loved them. Are they suitable for him? Thanks laura

  • http://www.curiouslyconscious.com/ Besma | Curiously Conscious

    Hi Ella,

    These look great, and really practical. I’ve been searching for an alternative to heavily date-based breakfast bars, so I’d assume these would do the job! Will definitely let you know if I give it a go.

    Have a great week,

    Besma (www.curiouslyconscious.com)

  • http://www.theblissfulmind.com Catherine

    These sound delicious, Ella! And I have all of these ingredients at home so I’ll definitely have to make these!

    http://www.theblissfulmind.com

  • Monika

    They must be so delicious! Can I use dried dates, or do I need to get fresh ones?

  • Fancybake

    Hi Ella,
    Just baked your Date and Oat Bars absoutely scrumptious. Love your website and cook book. Your recipes are inspiring

  • Fran

    Could you please advise where the 6″ X 9″ baking trary could be purchased.

  • ellawoodward

    Dried dates is fine! I love medjool dates! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Laura, yes I don’t see why not! So glad he loves them! X

  • GCN

    Can you add other dried fruits/seeds to the mix (cranberries/apple/pumpkin) or would that be daft?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Chloe, I would keep them in an airtight container for about two weeks in the fridge. They would probably last out the fridge for about 5 days. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, yes you could try that, think it will work well! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I’ve not tried it with dried figs but think it could work well. Hope they turn out delicious! X

    • Ju

      I’ll try ! And I’ll tell you the result ! Thanks for those amazing recipes, that inspire me even if I often don’t have all ingredients, I always manage to delicious little meals !

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Chantal, yes I would still use 1 mug pumpkin seeds. Hope it turns out delicious! Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Cariena, you can use regular dates too. Soaking them in water will help to soften them so I think that will work best! X

    • Cariena

      Thank you for your answer!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Hannah, they are supposed to be pretty moist so that sounds about right! So glad you love them! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Patricia, you could use dried figs or prunes instead! Hope you love them! X

    • Patrícia Lourenço

      Thanks. Prunes are tolerable… Dried apricots could be OK too?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Paul, sorry but I don’t have the nutritional information. I like to focus on feeding my body with goodness and not get so caught up on numbers. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lorraine, I’ve not tried it without oil. I think the coconut oil is quite vital to this recipe as it binds the mixture together! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Samantha, I just pit them but there’s no need to chop them. X

    • Samantha Hope

      Thanks for the reply. I’ve just popped them in the oven, I’m looking for are to munching on one when they’re done! X

  • ellawoodward

    Yes you can add them but I think too many flavours might take away from the date and oat flavour! X

  • Aimee Twist

    Hi Ella,

    Love this post and can’t wait to make them! I’ve been eating clean for about a month now and have started to see the effects of a better diet. After the weekend and getting back to early mornings I’m starting to feel run down and a cold coming on.

    What would you say the best foods are to keep colds at bay? x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Maria, I have written a whole blog post about demystifying sugar so that should clear things up for you. I tend to buy my dates in bulk from Amazon as this works out cheaper! Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I would recommend using a few more regular dates, perhaps about 4 more, as medjool dates tend to be quite large. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Lisa, you don’t have to use medjool dates but they are my favourite as they are so soft and blend really well! You could try using a nut oil such as almond or walnut oil however I don’t think they would taste the same. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Claire, medjool dates are my favourite as they are really soft and blend really well. You can buy them in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and online at Amazon. You can use regular dates too but you may need to add a little more and soak them first to soften them. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi David, I’m so glad to hear that you love the blog and the recipes. Medjool dates are my favourite as they are super soft and so easy to blend! You can buy them in supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose. You can also buy them online at Amazon. The energy bites look great! Have a lovely day! Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Aimee, I would recommend having foods high in Vitamin C and zinc. You could try the ginger and lemon shots on my blog for an amazing immunity booster! Hope you feel better soon! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Fran, you could buy this from Ikea or most home-ware stores. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Carmel, yes the majority of my recipes do and will contain ‘cup’ measurements! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sara, I don’t have the cup measurements for this recipe but I will put them in for future reference. Have a lovely day x

  • Cheryl Billings

    Hi Ella , for a change to these delicious bars, can I substitute the cinnamon for cacao ?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Cheryl, I’ve not tried it with cacao but I think it could work well! X

  • Rebecca

    Love them! Made them today for the first time, very handy for on the go uni lunches! Thank you Ella :)

  • Martin Barlow

    This is a delicious recipe. However a 6×9 tray isn’t anywhere near large enough. I used a tray 12.5″x 7″ internal measurement. Even so, it produced bars about 1″ deep. I think next time I’ll use a bigger one to get bars about 1/2″ deep.

    I’ve been using Medjool dates from Costco, but I’ve not found any organic medjool dates anywhere, yet.

    • Heather Dobson Bean

      Hi Martin. I buy organic medjool dates from Sainsburys.

    • Jarek Turif

      Tesco do organic Medjool dates, usually found with fresh fruit and veg

    • Claire

      I also got way more than enough mixture…. I used a 6″ x 9″ tin AND another slightly bigger as well… I followed the recipe exactly!

      They’re still in the oven… smell amazing!! :)

  • Sarah Noat

    Hi Ella – I hate raisins. Any idea what I could substitute them with ? Could I leave them out altogether ? Thanks !

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah, yes you can leave them out altogether if you prefer, the dates give it a similar texture and taste so it shouldn’t make a massive difference. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Cheryl, I’ve not tried it with cacao but I think it could work well! X

    • Cheryl Billings

      Thanks Elka will give it a whirl. Loving the book by the way.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Patricia, I’ve not tried it with dried apricots so I’m not sure but it’s worth giving it a try! X

  • charlotte

    This recipe is great..Would you add other dried fruit into these instead of raisins?

    itstartswithsomething.wordpress.com/

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Charlotte, I would keep it as just dates to keep the flavours consistent. Have a lovely day, Ella x

  • Samantha Hope

    Mine were a little gooey still too, but we’ve still eaten them all! I think it was because mine needed a little longer in the oven. x

  • Arianna Rose

    Hi Ella, I have my own food blog sliceandsimmer@wordpress.com where I try to make unhealthy dishes healthy. I’d love if I could interview you via email for a blog post. Take a peek and let me know. Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Arianna, I’m so sorry but I’ve got so many requests at the moment, I’m not able to do interviews at the moment. Have a lovely day and good luck with your blog, it looks great! X

  • Rita

    Hi Ella! These look amazing! Do you think it would work if I used peanut butter instead of coconut oil? Thanks a lot

  • Dawn Smith

    I have made granola bars from your book, just wondering how long they keep for. I have put them in air tight tupperware but not in the fridge. Thanks 😉

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Dawn, yes that’s perfect! They keep for about 1 week! X

  • emma

    Hi Ella. Can you freeze these bars? Xx

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emma, yes you can freeze them! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rita, I’ve not tried this recipe with peanut butter. You really need to coconut oil to bind all the ingredients together. Perhaps you could try almond butter instead but it won’t taste the same. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Arianna, I’m so sorry but I’ve got so many requests at the moment, I’m not able to do interviews at the moment. Have a lovely day and good luck with your blog, it looks great! X

  • beverley moffitt

    I made these today but had to substitute a few ingredients as I didn’t have everything – I used dried prunes instead of dates, chopped almonds and hazelnuts instead of the sunflower seeds and vegetable oil instead of coconut oil. They still worked just fine and my three year old loves them so I’m very happy. He loves cereal bars so I’m hoping these will be a healthier alternative for him instead of the sugary shop bought ones. Going to look on Amazon for dates and coconut oil so I can make them properly next time :-)

  • http://theblondebynature.blogspot.cz/ Aneta Pejcharová

    Hello Ella! These look delicious! I’d like to make them as soon as possible (probably on monday, now I still have fresh baked sweet potato brownies on the table). Is it ok to substitute the medjool dates with normal store bought dates? I’m from the Czech Republic and I have found (unfortunately) only basic smaller dates so far…
    Thank you for this recipe! You are AWESOME!!

    http://theblondebynature.blogspot.cz/

  • Louise M

    Hi Ella.
    I have bought your book for two people now who need to try your recipes out for health reasons.
    I heard you on Jeremy Vine and was inspired by the way you came over.
    My hubby is going to bake these date bars tomorrow to give as a present to his ill daughter.
    He is going to halve the quantity though, how long do you think he should leave them in the oven for?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Louise, I would bake them for the same amount of time but just use a smaller baking tray. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Aneta, yes you can use regular dates but you may have to soak them first to soften them as they need to be really soft and moist for this recipe! Hope you love it! X

    • http://theblondebynature.blogspot.cz/ Aneta Pejcharová

      Thank you, Ella!! I did this recipe yesterday after all :) Fortunately i did soak the dates and even added a little bit more of them as they were really small. The bars turned out delicious!! My parents, who don’t enjoy healthy goodies that much, loved them too!! I’m SO grateful <3

      By the way, all i want for my birthday that are exactly in one week is your cook book so I can try all your heavenly good recipes! *fingers crossed*

      Have a wonderful, magical day, Ella!!
      Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do :') You're a true inspiration.

  • Louise

    Hi! How should the texture be? They’re pretty soft. Should I try to “dry” them on low temperature in the oven or should they be a bit soft?
    Regards Louise

  • abby

    Hi Ella – I made these bars today and they smell absolutely amazing! I just have one question: is it normal that the inside of then is still slightly wet from the chia seed gel? Thanks!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Abby, they should be slightly moist but not completely wet. I wouldn’t use a deep tray to bake them in as the bars will be too thick and won’t bake all the way through. Have a lovely day! X

  • Jean

    Hi Ella – I have bought your recipe book -absolutely brilliant!- and I am now happily working my way through it. You have a recipe for Granola Bars that is almost identical to this Date Bar version on-line. The differences are the use of flaxseeds in one and coconut oil in the other. Which one works best do you think?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi, they are both delicious! The granola bars are slightly crunchier and the date and oat bars are slightly sweeter – both work equally well! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Abby, they should be slightly moist but not completely wet. I wouldn’t use a deep tray to bake them in as the bars will be too thick and won’t bake all the way through. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Louise, they should be a bit soft and moist! Make sure they’re not too thick otherwise they won’t be able to bake all the way through properly! X

  • http://www.thestylebox.com/ The Style Box

    Hello, I’m thinking about making these but chia seeds are SO expensive. Are they completely necessary? Or will the bars fall apart without them?
    Thanks
    X

    • ellawoodward

      I’m afraid so as this creates the binder for the mixture. You could try omitting the chia seeds but I’m not sure how it would turn out. Have a lovely day, Ella x

    • leonora

      I found a kilo of chia seeds on Amazon for £7. They last for ages!

  • Clair Young

    Hi Ella
    Do you know the calorie content of these by any chance?
    Thank you
    Clair

  • Becky Ross

    Hi Ella,

    I’m hoping to try these this weekend :) A couple of questions..I’ve never used chia seeds before and when i looked them up at tescos i can find black and white chia seeds. Which ones do you use? And could i use olive oil instead of coconut oil? Thanks so much!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Becky, both black and white chia seeds are great, I generally use black but either are fine! I wouldn’t recommend using olive oil in the recipe as it is generally only used in savoury recipes. Coconut oil is a great binding ingredient for this recipe! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Clair, I don’t know the calorie content as I prefer to focus on the nutrients and goodness rather than the calories! X

  • Xavier Richardson

    Ella your date and oat bars are too delicious! I will definitely make these again! Thanks!

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  • Sarah Schmidt

    These look awesome and I’d love to make them. I just bought a huge container of dates I need to use. But I’m having a hard time figuring out the conversions for US. Any help would be great. I think my kids and I would love these!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah, I just use a regular sized mug for my measurements. Hope you enjoy the date and oat bars! X

      • Tanene Kurtenbach

        Me too…am in the US. 400g oats = how many cups?
        200C oven is how many degrees Farn?
        Need conversion to make these.
        What about your cookbook, Ella? Do you have conversions for US or do you use grams and European oven temps? HELP.

  • Moggie

    I cannot have a lot of foods, gluten, wheat, rye, barley, dairy, alcohol, herbs, spices, nuts, too much sugar, most fruits [oral allergy syndrome], salicylates, moulds, carrots, pineapple, all food must be low in fat, I can have tapioca flour, rice flour, oat flour and oats, eggs, [not too many] PURE brand margarine, oat milk, and I am desperate for cake to cut in slices and put fruit on at teatime. Also biscuits. Can you help me? Please

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Moggie, all of my recipes are plant-based and do not contain any refined sugar and gluten. You can always substitute certain ingredients to suit your specific dietary requirements. Hope you enjoy the recipes, have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sarah, I just use a regular sized mug for my measurements. Hope you enjoy the date and oat bars! X

  • Rianne

    I made these and also added in some maca powder and goji berries, they were amazing! I took a batch of them with me to my busy trip to Paris, and they were an absolute life saver! They also hold their taste and structure really well for a couple of days!
    Thank you Ella, I will definitely making these bars more often!

  • Dymock

    Hey I was wondering if I could use homemade almond butter instead of chia seeds? love your blog xx all the way from New Zealand.

  • martha

    Hi Ella I love your receipes. Would I need to adapt this receive if using ground/milled chia seeds?

  • David

    I don’t have a blender can I still make this without one? Thanks

  • ellawoodward

    Hi David, I’m afraid you need a blender for this recipe otherwse you won’t be able to create the smooth paste consistency. Have a great day, Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Dymock, they have very different textures so I’m not too sure how it’ll turn out but I think it could work well. Hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Martha, you can use the same amount of milled chia seeds for this. Hope you love the bars! X

  • http://www.emmareingd.com Emma

    Live on these when I work!! Add different nuts and seeds every time and have converted the family to these over shop brought ones. Love them :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Tanene, I created this recipe in grams so I’m not sure about the cup measurements exactly but it’s about 5 cups of oats. 200C is about 390 Fahrenheit. The US book uses US units of measurements and oven temperatures. Hope you love the book! X

  • Amanda

    Hi Ella – Love these! I want to add 2 scoops of raw protein to these to bump up the protein content. Will I need to add anything or take any of the ingredients away you think?

  • Amanda

    Hi Ella – These look awesome! I want to add 2 scoops of raw protein to my mine should I cancel or add anything?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Amanda, if you are adding protein powder I would add a little bit more water to the mixture however I have never made it like this before so I’m not too sure how it’ll turn out. Hope they’re delicious! Ella x

  • Emma

    Hi Ella,

    Just wondering whether these can be frozen? And if they taste as good once defrosted?

    Thanks :-)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emma, yes they freeze really well. Hope you love them! X

  • maxine

    Mine are quite soft and doughy. Does anyone have tips for me? Also, they are much paler than the ones in the photo.
    Thanks.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Maxine, yes they should be pretty soft, they’re not crunchy bars. You could always try baking them for slightly longer if you feel they need it. Hope you love them x

  • Muriel Abrey

    Hi Ella
    Are normal porridge oats gluten free or do I need to buy the Gluten free oats from the freefrom section of the supermarket?
    Thanks

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Muriel, oats are actually gluten free however you can buy some which state gluten free as they may have been made in a factory which contains gluten products so it’s written to warm you of the cross-contamination. Have a lovely day, Ell x

  • Louise Gascoigne

    Love this recipe but the dates in Sainsbury’s and similar supermarkets are so expensive for a small pack! Where do you get yours from please?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Louise, I buy the medjool dates in bulk from Amazon which tend to work out slightly cheaper. Hope you love the date and oat bars! X

  • Emma Harrington

    Just made these they’re delicious! Are they suitable for freezing? Thanks

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Emma, yes they freeze really well! So happy you loved them! X

  • Peter Hamer

    Thanks for the reply, your Homemade granola is absolutely fantastic bye the way.

  • Abigail McMorrow

    Hi Ella, I made this earlier this week and have to say they are absolutely delicious! I cannot stop eating them, especially dipped into a little almond butter! I just wondered how long they will keep in an airtight container? Is it worthwhile refrigerating these?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Abigail, I’m so glad you love them! They keep for about a week in an airtight container. They don’t need to be refrigerated. Have a lovely day! Ella x

  • Rosie

    Hello! Does anyone have any suggestions for a coconut oil substitute please?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Rosie, you could try using a small mashed banana however I have never tried it with this recipe so I’m not too sure how it would turn out. There isn’t really a good enough substitute for coconut oil as you really need it to bind the ingredients together. Hope you love the bars! Ella x

      • Rosie

        Thank you! We will give the banana idea a go x

  • Sam

    I made these and they tasted a bit stodgy and bland. I keep making the recipes and I find it always tastes a little bland. I must confess – I only use normal dates as medjools are so expensive. Is this where I am going wrong?
    Please help! Anyone!!
    It’s getting expensive with all these mistakes I keep making. X

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sam, I think it would make a big difference if you used medjool dates as they are naturally so sweet and super soft and easy to blend. Amazon is a great place to buy them in bulk which works out slightly cheaper. The dates should be quite moist and not very crispy. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • Sam

    Hi Ella, or anyone that can help me please. I have made lots of recipes and they just don’t seem to be turning out well. Is it because I am using normal dates as opposed to medjool? Also these bars came out a little stodgy- I put them back in the oven to cook longer but the bottoms didn’t crisp up.

    Any advice would be great- I won’t give up!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sam, I’m sorry to hear that the recipes aren’t turning out great. I think that using medjool dates will make a big difference as they are much softer and sweeter compared to regular dates, and are so much easier to blend too. The bars are meant to be slightly moist not very crispy. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    You can buy chia seeds from any health food store, Whole Foods or online at Amazon. X

  • http://haveyoumetsonia.co.uk/ Sonia Waszkowiak

    Hi Ella, will it work if I add some raw cacao to make the bars more chocolatey?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sonia, I’ve not tried adding raw cacao to this recipe before but that sounds delicious! X

  • Antonia

    These are delicious. Have spent the weekend baking loads of your recipes. Can you freeze these as not sure I can eat them all in a week. X

    • ellawoodward

      Yes they freeze well. Hope you love the recipes! X

  • Katie C. de Oliveira Anderson

    wow, this looks yummy! I always have these ingredients at home, i use a lot of dates! Gonna make this 😉

  • Lucy Hawkes

    I dont have any chia seeds but I have all of the other ingredients… is it possible to make without the chia seeds?

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly you really need the chia seeds for this recipe as they work as a binder. You could try substituting the chia seeds for flax seeds instead as they also bind but I’ve never tried this before. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • James Goodhew

    Please add chopped dates if you want them to taste a bit of those beautiful Medjoul dates… I think a lot of my dates got stuck to my blender (yummy!!) but they came out slightly on the dry side as a result. Recommend adding chopped dates for a perfect recipe. Nice one Ella!! 😀

    PS I bought mine from Ebay, Palestinian ones… Beautiful (get the LARGE ones, they’re about the same size as the ones Ella uses at 21 dates per 400g). £10.99 per kg!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251880731457?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

  • ellawoodward

    Sadly I don’t have the American measurements for this recipe but the US book has all the correct measurements according to American units. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Yes on the heat. The dates won’t completely turn into a liquid but they should be really soft and creamy as the coconut oil melts. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anne, I’m not too sure about the calorie content as I much prefer to focus on the nutrients and goodness instead! Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Melissa, I buy organic raisins from Whole Foods which don’t contain any added oils. Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Dates and raisins contain natural sugars which don’t have the same affect on your GI compared to refined sugars. They also contains lots of nutrients and fibres too which are important for maintaining a healthy diet. X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Kelly, you could try using small date pieces or dried cranberries instead! Hope it’s delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sara,
    Did you use medjool dates? x

  • ellawoodward

    That will be why unfortunately – next time if you use medjools they should turn out better :)

  • ellawoodward

    Yes all my recipes are gluten free! X

  • ellawoodward

    Yes they freeze really well! X

  • Michele Dinwoodie

    Hi Ella, How long can you store them for?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Michele, they should last well in an airtight container for about a week! X

  • Sarah

    Hi Ella, I’m making these tonight (v excited) and was wondering if a combination of chia and flax seeds would work as a substitute for the chia seeds? There was a special offer on and I couldn’t resist. Bought chia seeds separately too though! Just curious…thanks, Sarah x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah, I haven’t tried adding flaxseed to these bars before but they provide the similar binding texture as chia seeds so I imagine that it would work well. Hope they’re delicious! X

  • http://skinnygirlsguide.com/ Skinny Girl’s Gude

    Wow. Sounds amazing. Gonna try this recipe over the weekend.
    xo,
    Kristina
    http://skinnygirlsguide.com/

  • Rachel Page

    What a fabulous combination of ingredients :)!

  • Sarah

    I made these at the weekend. They are delicious but i find they seem a little soggy and soft rather than crispy at the edges like a flapjack. Is this just as it is the sugar and syrup in flapjacks that give them the texture? Or am I storing them wrong?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sarah, these particular bars are not meant to be crispy, they should be pretty soft and chewy, really hope they taste delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    I haven’t tried this recipe with honey before. You really need the coconut oil in order to bind the mixture together and sadly other oils such as olive oil won’t create the same taste or texture x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Avril, yes they freeze really well. They last in an airtight container for about a week. Hope you enjoy them x

  • Kate James

    Hi Ella, thanks for the recipe. I had stop myself eating the date and coconut oil paste!!! Tastes like caramel. Yum!!!

  • Claire Tobin

    look wonderful, just saw they can be frozen (post below) what a snacking delight! hubby will love to take them to work!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, I’m so sorry but sadly I don’t have the cup measurements for this recipe. Really hope you love them! X

  • faithe289

    Google – ‘[x] [units] in [units]’ and the conversion will be done for you.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Charlie, I haven’t tried this in a Nutribullet before but I imagine that it would work really well too. Hope they turn out delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Masha, it’s difficult for me to advise as I’ve never experienced this before but I would recommend perhaps baking them on a lower heat. You could also try mixing the raisins into the middle of the bars rather than leaving them at the top. Hope they turn out delicious next time! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sarah, I imagine that flaxseeds would work well too! X

  • ellawoodward

    You could try using chopped dates instead, hope you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sandie, so sorry but sadly I don’t have the exact measurements for the tray I used for this recipe. If the bars end up too thick you may need to bake them for slightly longer just so they are cooked all the way through. I imagine that they should still turn out delicious. Really hope you enjoy them x

  • Jo

    IN THE OVEN AT THIS VERY MOMENT! I’m so excited! I made only half the recipe and it was already enough for a 11×7 inch tray!
    Can’t wait to try them later…. xx

  • Linda Gasseling

    That happened to me as well the first time! Second time I made sure they were not on top, just pressed some of them into the bars and it turned out great!

  • ellawoodward

    They should last for about 5 days in an airtight container. So happy you love them x

    • Lisette

      Mine didn’t last that long. But that was only because I ate them 😉 x

  • ellawoodward

    I use jumbo oats. Hope you love the bars x

  • ellawoodward

    These keep well for about 5-7 days in a sealed airtight container. Hope you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry but I haven’t tried this recipe without dried fruit before. I think adding nuts could work really well, however they may not be as soft and sweet as the original recipe. Hope you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    16tbsp water goes in with the chia seeds and the 300ml water foes in with the coconut oil and date mix. Hope they’re delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Stella, you can order medjool dates in bulk from Amazon which will work out slightly cheaper. If you’re using normal dates I would soak them in boiling water for about 20 minutes first to soften them. Hope you love the bars x

    • Stella Bajada

      I ended up making them with normal dates – they taste absolutely delicious and they’re such a great snack for the office! My boyfriend even liked them and he’s a seriously picky eater! Will definitely make again with the medjool dates :) just received your book – so excited to try more stuff!!

  • ellawoodward

    Sorry to hear that they didn’t turn out sweet. You could try adding a little honey or maple syrup to the mixture. Make sure you use really soft and sticky dates which are much sweeter, rather than the harder ones. Have a lovely day x

    • Dina Kabbani

      Thanks Ella, will def try that out next time! Devouring this batch though… Thanks for replying :) absolutely loving your book, slowly ticking off recipe by recipe all the way here in Egypt! Xx

  • Marisa Evason

    Is there anything I could use instead of chia seeds please?

    • ellawoodward

      You could try using whole flaxseeds instead however I’ve never tried this before so I’m not too sure how it would turn out. Hope you love them x

      • Marisa Evason

        Thanks so much, would you soak the flaxseeds like you would the chia?

        • ellawoodward

          Yes I would as they also binding properties x

  • Jo D

    Hi Ella, These are fab and I love making them on a Sunday to eat during the week. I could eat it all in one go though! I also add some cranberries and they taste amazing, :-)

  • ellawoodward

    You could try using quinoa flakes instead however I haven’t tried his myself so I’m not too sure how they would turn out! Oats are actually naturally gluten free but you can buy gluten free oats to avoid any contamination with any other gluten products x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Suey, so happy to hear that you are feeling so inspired, that’s so exciting! Sadly these bars only last for about 5-7 days. Really hope you enjoyed them and continue to make many more of the recipes. Have a lovely day x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Margaret, they are meant to be pretty soft and chewy in the middle, not exactly like a flapjack. Those oats sound perfect too! Hope you enjoyed them x

  • Bronwyn

    Hi Ella, do you know the US conversion for the ingrediants list?

    • ellawoodward

      So sorry but sadly not. I think there are websites where you can find out online x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Julia, you could add in chopped dates instead. I imagine that they would taste delicious even without the raisins! Hope you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    Yes they freeze really well! So pleased you love them x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Anna, I haven’t tried making these by hand before. You need a food processor for them rather than a blender as a blender requires a liquid. Here are all my favourite food processors! http://deliciouslyella.com/kitchen-equipment-food-processors/ I imagine that doing it by hand won’t create a smooth enough consistency but it’s worth a reply x

  • Jo

    Hi Ella,
    My friend made these on Tuesday and by Friday they were covered in patches of mould! She stored them in an airtight container at room temperature. Do you think this is because of the water in them? I’m planning to make them and wondering if I should store them in the fridge to avoid this happening so quickly as I would like them to last at least 5 days so I can have them as snacks throughout the week x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jo, so sorry to hear this! They’re best stored in the fridge in an airtight container! Hope they turn out delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry but I don’t count calories, I much prefer to count goodness instead x

  • Janine Lüchinger

    I added cranberries instead of raisins as I’m not a big fan of them either :) The bars turned out super delicious!

  • ellawoodward

    Medjool dates are much sweeter and softer to blend! You can soak regular dates to help soften them first! X

    • Georgia Smith

      Perfect, thank you! X

  • ellawoodward

    Unfortunately all the recipes are made using Medjool dates as they taste much better and are a very different consistency. You could try doing half Medjool and half other dates but I have not tried this so cannot guarantee the bars will bind as well

  • Farzeen Jabbar

    Hi,

    I have some date jam that i got in Morocco, can i use these instead of Medjool dates, not really sure what I can use the date jam for?

    Thanks,

    • ellawoodward

      I have never had date jam so unfortunately I don’t know how well that would work

  • ellawoodward

    So happy you are enjoying the books. I haven’t tried the recipe without the coconut oil so I’m not sure. You could try olive oil but I can’t guarantee the bars will hold together as well. You can’t really taste the coconut oil in the recipe x

    • Sara Wibberley

      Thanks Ella
      It wasn’t just for this recipe. I think we could taste the coconut oil most in energy balls. Not sure what to use instead.
      Thanks

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry I haven’t tried but it should be fine x

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry I’m not sure. There are some converter websites online that can help you change the measurements into cups x

    • Joie

      Thank you. I will try them and see how it goes! :)

  • Emma Porter

    I had no seeds so I used pecan nuts, yummy!

  • ellawoodward

    So sorry I’m not sure – mine is solid too, I just scoop out a tablespoons worth x

  • Holly Story

    Do these freeze well? I probably won’t get through 20 in one of week. Thank you x

    • ellawoodward

      Yes they freeze really well! X