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Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars

37 min

Snack

Breakfast

Make-ahead

On-the-go

Freezer-friendly

Pantry-ready

These are wonderfully dense bars. They're naturally sweetened with dates, and made with whole food ingredients. Make them ahead of time to enjoy as a mid-day snack, or enjoy them for breakfast when on-the-go together with some plant-based yogurt and/or fruit to make it a complete meal.

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Total

37 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

27 min

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Ingredients

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Spread the hazelnuts onto a parchment-lined baking tray and bake in the centre rack for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly golden and fragrant, stirring once halfway.
  3. To a small bowl, add the ground flax seeds and water. Mix and let sit to gel.
  4. Line or lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch (18 x 27 cm) baking dish.
  5. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, pick up a handful at a time and rub firmly between your palms so the skin falls off. Alternatively, you can rub them in a clean kitchen cloth to remove the skin.
  6. To the food processor, add the hazelnuts, cinnamon, salt, and half of the oats. Blend until you reach a coarse flour-like consistency.
  7. Transfer the contents of the food processor to a large bowl and add the remaining oats to the bowl as well.
  8. Back to the empty food processor, add the dates and blend until a paste is formed.
  9. Then add the almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and the gelled flaxseeds. Blend again until well combined.
  10. Transfer the sticky mixture from the food processor into the large bowl with the dry ingredients, and add the cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and chocolate to the bowl as well. Mix until everything is well combined.
  11. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish, and press done firmly and evenly to smooth out the top. If desired, gently press on any of the optional toppings for decoration.
  12. Bake on the centre rack of the oven until lightly golden, about 14 - 17 minutes.
  13. Let cool completely, before cutting into 12 bars.

Notes

  • * Refined coconut oil is coconut oil that doesn't smell or taste like coconuts. If you'd prefer a mild coconut-y flavour, use unrefined coconut oil instead.
  • Given that the granola bars are so dense, we actually found that they are a nice compliment to enjoy with something creamy, like crumbled onto some plant-based yogurt or a smoothie.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Hawin - Nov. 5, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

I have hazelnuts without a 'shell', could I use those? And would they still need to be baked in the oven?

PUL Team - Nov. 6, 2021, 12:06 a.m.

Hi Hawin, thanks for the questions! Yes indeed use hazelnuts without the outer hard shell. The shell of hazelnuts (and most other nuts) generally should be removed before enjoying ☺️

We would still recommend roasting them as this helps bring out the flavour of the nuts and makes blending them a bit easier. We hope you enjoy the bars if you're able to give the recipe a try!


Kristina - Nov. 1, 2021, 5:50 p.m.

Would it work to form these into balls and baking them like that or would they turn out too dry?
Made them in a pan once before and loved it!

PUL Team - Nov. 4, 2021, 2:28 a.m.

Hi Kristina, thanks for the question! We haven't tested it out, but do imagine the mixture will be too dry and not sticky enough to keep nice balls. Adding more nut or seed butter, syrup, or dates may help if you experiment with it. You may also be interested in our Pistachio & Cranberry Energy Balls recipe if you haven't already seen it pickuplimes.com/recipe/pistac… 😊


Siri - Oct. 25, 2021, 5:06 a.m.

This is so delicious! I subbed raisins for dates as I didn’t have any dates at the moment. And I also didn’t have hazelnuts so I put 1/2 cup of almond flour. And 1/4 cup avocado oil instead of coconut oil. And they turned out fantastic! Seriously, my 2.5 yr old, my husband and I ate one each immediately! So yum. Thanks!

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 5:12 a.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, Siri, thank you! So happy your little one and husband enjoyed it too 😃


A Gill - Oct. 17, 2021, 7:27 p.m.

Lovely and keeps u full for longer ..


Elsa - Sept. 18, 2021, 6:26 p.m.

Could I swap the coconut oil for nut butter?

PUL Team - Sept. 18, 2021, 8:57 p.m.

Hey there, Elsa! Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it helps the bars stay firm. We haven't tested it out with nut butter in place of the oil, although we imagine the bars may end up more crumbly. Adding extra dates or some syrup may help. Do let us know if you experiment with it 😃


Stephanie - Sept. 15, 2021, 6:15 a.m.

Wow, love the new site, it's fantastic! Being able to adjust the amount, check steps off as you're done,
and no pop-ups on mobile that constantly shift page around!?!?

These granola bars are also fantastic. I've made them several times now and keep coming back. A++😋

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 5 p.m.

Hi there, Stephanie! So happy the breakfast bars and new website are being enjoyed. It means so much 😃


Lea - Sept. 13, 2021, 10:10 a.m.

Sooo hearty, crunchy, filling and incredible flavors! Thank you for the recipe!

I have also found that you can substitute some of the dates for raisins, since dates can be quite expensive- equally delicious. 🤤

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 1:44 a.m.

A lovely substitute, Lea, thank you for sharing 🙂


Crystal Jacques - Sept. 6, 2021, 9:24 p.m.

Can I swap the flaxseed and water for eggs?

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2021, 1:36 a.m.

Hey there, Crystal! Thanks for the question. Since we only use plant-based products here at PUL we haven't tested it out, but we hope you enjoy the breakfast bars if you're able to give them a try ☺️


Alex - Aug. 22, 2021, 8:05 p.m.

Hi! this recipe looks amazing and I wanted to try it, is there any way to add or sub any ingredient to incorporate some protein powder to it? I am really looking for a delicious protein bar to have on the go.

PUL Team - Aug. 25, 2021, 5:36 a.m.

Hey there, Alex, thanks for the question! We can't say for certain as we haven't tested it out. Do let us know if you experiment with this one though 🤗


Renee - Aug. 8, 2021, 4:27 p.m.

Hi, may i know what’s the purpose of the coconut oil? Can I leave it out or use vegetable oil instead?

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 10:57 p.m.

Hi there, Renee! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and below which helps the bars stay firm. You could sub the coconut oil with a neutral vegetable oil, such as refined olive oil that doesn't impart the olive oil taste. The bars may end up a bit more crumbly, although equally delicious 😃


Nahieli - Aug. 8, 2021, 2:05 p.m.

I just took this granola bars to a hiking trip and they are perfect to power you through the day in a healthy way.


Elizabeth Hudgens - July 28, 2021, 9:40 p.m.

These are amazing! The whole family loved them. I didn’t add the chocolate, but they were still delicious. Can’t wait to make them again, but I’ll do a bigger batch next time. Thanks for another awesome recipe!


AYAKO - July 28, 2021, 1:59 a.m.

I tried this recipe and taste so so goood! I will make it again with different nuts next time:) i always bring them to work snack everytime I get tired of waching screen.. it gets more enegy for rest of my day☺️thank u for this recipe and cant wait to see the new video🙏❤️❤️

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 5:48 p.m.

Aw we're so glad you're enjoying the recipe, Ayako! It means so much to have you here 💚


Artep Anaxor - July 24, 2021, 9:56 p.m.

I enjoy watching your videos, you have such a joyful and yet calm vibe. And of course I keep coming back because of the delicious sweet ans savory recipes.
This granola version is tasty and satisfying for all ages ( 3yo daughter and 33yo hubby), while easy for me to make ahead. A win for all family ☺️

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 8:21 p.m.

Oh, Artep, you're too sweet! Thank you for sharing your kind words. It means so much that you and your family are enjoying the granola ✨


Rosemary - July 24, 2021, 4:23 a.m.

Favourite with my teenage son to fill him with energy, always have some on in the freezer for a snack. We swap out the flax for chai which is easier to get here and swap pecan for walnuts as a personal preference.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 9:19 p.m.

Delicious substitutes, Rosemary, thank you for sharing🌻


Lobke - July 23, 2021, 8:15 a.m.

Ooh these are my absolute favourite! Have them as a snack, break them into little pieces to enjoy as a topping on my smoothie or nicecream… or share them with other people who always love them too!


Sonia - July 22, 2021, 9:07 p.m.

Delicious bars! Very filling and tasty. I like to cut mine out of the oven in 14 bars and then I have breakfast for a week for 2 people, if we don't snack on them, which is hard ;p. I notice my nutbutter is not as liquid and I don't use soft dates but dates from the baking department, so the mixture is a bit dryer, but is works out great anyway!


Kelly - July 22, 2021, 6:58 p.m.

These are really delicious and worth the time and effort. They are extremely filling, too. Just one recommendation - don't forget the prepared flax eggs! I ALWAYS forget them initially and wonder why on earth the mixture is so difficult to work with, then look over and see my little dish of the flax eggs waiting for me. If you're short on time and don't really feel like you're going to miss the hazelnut flavor, I also recommend just subbing in approximately 2 cups of almond flour for the 1 cup of whole hazelnuts (that you process into a flour). Add in chopped roasted hazelnuts with the chopped pecans to get the hazelnut flavor back.

PUL Team - July 23, 2021, 2:49 a.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the bars, Kelly! It can be so easy to forget about the flaxseed mixture! Especially when it's off to the side 🙂


Vera - July 18, 2021, 3:57 p.m.

Hello! I just made these bars and they are very nice super-rich and healthy snacks. Thank you so much for the recipe. One thing is only that 12 bars seem a bit too much for me. If I freeze them, what do I do after? Should I just leave them to melt at room temperature?

PUL Team - July 20, 2021, 5:07 a.m.

Hi Vera, we've found the breakfast bars thaw best when they're let to sit for an hour or two at room temperature. Feel free to warm them up for a faster thaw if desired though 🙂


Lucie - July 8, 2021, 8:19 p.m.

I made these bars for a backpacking trip to have for my breakfast and they were perfect! I love that they aren't too sweet and make for a hearty morning meal (I had 2-3) before we started hiking. I've also enjoyed taking these to work as they make for a more substantial granola bar.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

A lovely idea to bring them on a hiking trip, Lucie! So glad you're enjoying the bars 💖


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 5:16 p.m.

These were quite good, although I preferred the orange zest recipe! I think the best part about these kind of bars is that they keep in the fridge for months and so you make them once and have a snack whenever you want!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 11:34 p.m.

We enjoy the orange zest ones too! It's always handy to have some bars ready for on the go or as an easy snack. Thank you for the review, Cris 🤩


Peta - May 22, 2021, 2:33 p.m.

Make these! I had to swap out the dates for prunes, abs use peanut butter instead of almond butter, and almonds instead of hazelnuts. And no pecans. It was great! Prepackaged granola has too much sugar and the store brands are worse.

I plan to make two new batches, one with cashew butter, and no almonds. For a friend because of allergies and one I’m gonna bake thinner. Trying to get my toddler to eat them. She is always eating my granola bars, abs I want her to consume this one. I think she was put off by the thickness. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

I’ve written down the versions of these to my recipe book. So happy to have it in there!

PUL Team - May 22, 2021, 11:23 p.m.

Such wonderful substitutions, Peta! Do let us know how the next batches go 🤗 Your little one is so lucky to have a brilliant chef 😀


Olivia - May 12, 2021, 8:04 p.m.

I made these 2 times and they are so delicious! They are such a great snack, and they taste so wholesome :)

PUL Team - May 13, 2021, 6:46 a.m.

So happy you enjoyed the granola bars, Olivia!


Janne - May 11, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

Made these today: they turned out great! Wish it was tomorrow morning already.
Broke my blender in the process but it was time to replace it anyway. :')

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 5:39 a.m.

Oooh no! So sorry to hear, Janne, RIP to your blender 😞 We definitely recommend a food processor when blending more course ingredients. Love your positive attitude though and we hope you enjoy the recipe tomorrow ✨🤗


TANIA - May 10, 2021, 7:44 p.m.

Hi
I love your recipe looks delicious. But I dont have coconut oil. What other substitutes can I use ? Regular oil? Margarine melted?
Thanks, Tania

PUL Team - May 11, 2021, 5:23 a.m.

Hey Tania! Thanks for the kind words and question. You could sub the coconut oil with a neutral vegetable oil, such as refined olive oil that doesn't impart the olive oil taste. Melted margarine is another good idea! We hope you enjoy the breakfast bars 😃


Emilcie E Cortes - April 27, 2021, 5:53 a.m.

i love. love . love all these meals. I have tried on several occasions to purchase your cook book but every time i hit buy it keeps going on a terminal thinking mode and never gets to the next page. Maybe it's because I am in Tacoma Washington. :( Help please

PUL Team - April 27, 2021, 7:22 a.m.

Hey there, Emilcie! Thank you for your interest in our e-cookbook 🙂 There may be a pop-up blocker installed on your browser blocking the new page from loading. In this case, we'd kindly suggest using another web browser or disabling the pop-up blocker temporarily and see if that works! You can also try accessing the E-book using this link: sellfy.com/1392205483061578/p…

If you have any troubles, feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to figure out a solution 🥰 Happy cooking!


Louise Magnusson 🇸🇪 - April 9, 2021, 11:39 p.m.

I absolutely loved these bars! Easy to bake and (too) indulgent for eating😅
The combination of nuts and almonds in various textures with dark chocolate is brilliant!!!
It’s dense without being heavy, which makes it a sufficient afternoon snack in its own right. In accordance with its name, I’ve really discovered how well the bars work as crumbled granola. My favourite combo so far is canned peaches, coconut yoghurt, and one crumbled hazelnut bar😋
Thumbs up that they are freezer compatible

PUL Team - April 10, 2021, 2:26 a.m.

This means so much, Louise, thank YOU for the glowing review! Mmm serving the bars with peaches and yogurt sounds delicious 😍