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Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars

27 min




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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  1. Add the ground flaxseeds and water to a small bowl. Mix and sit aside.
  2. Line or lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch (18 x 27 cm) baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  3. Add the hazelnuts, oats, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor. Blend into a flour.
  4. Transfer to a large bowl and add the remaining whole oats to the bowl as well.
  5. Add the dates to the now-empty food processor. Blend until a paste is formed.
  6. Then add the almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and gelled flaxseeds. Blend until well combined.
  7. Transfer the sticky mixture from the food processor into the large bowl with the dry ingredients. Add the cranberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and chocolate to the bowl as well. Mix well.
  8. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish, and press down firmly to smooth out the top. If desired, press on any of the optional toppings, like coconut flakes or more nuts or dried fruit.
  9. Bake on the centre rack of the oven until lightly golden, about 14 - 17 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Enjoy!


  • Refined coconut oil is coconut oil that doesn't smell or taste like coconuts. If you prefer a distinct coconut taste, use unrefined coconut oil instead.
  • The granola bars are rather dense. We found that they're a nice compliment to enjoy with something creamy, like crumbled onto some plant-based yogurt or a smoothie.


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

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Daniela Cardenas Roberts - Aug. 14, 2023, 3:42 a.m.

Very messy to make but quite tasty. Although I think I’ll ONLY make them as hiking energy food because these have totally made me LESS regular, not more. All those date stopped me up 😅🤣

Lobke - Aug. 7, 2023, 7:47 p.m.

These are a-ma-zing! I've made these tons of times over the years 🥰
I break one apart and sprinkle over nice cream or (green) smoothie bowl, eat them as a bar as is, or eat them with some fruits and (pb) yoghurt. Love them!

Hania - July 28, 2023, 10:46 p.m.

Ok made them and they were delicious! However I think they are better uncooked 😊

Angela MF - July 13, 2023, 11:56 p.m.

So yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Daphni - July 7, 2023, 8:37 p.m.

Didn't have pecans and haselnuts, so I just replaced them with walnuts and almonds respectively. Work out great and they take amazing! One more thing added to our list of healthy snacks!

PUL Team - July 8, 2023, 8:20 a.m.

Mmmm sounds lovely, Daphni, thank you!

Laura Schroeder - June 19, 2023, 8:10 p.m.

I love making these bars for trekking in the mountains, they gove the energy push which is needed sometimes :)

Jenny - April 2, 2023, 9:41 p.m.

Very yummy

Hanna - Feb. 26, 2023, 10:27 p.m.

Don't do this for the first time, when you're tired and under time pressure 😄 After I was finished but hadn't tasted yet, I was like "never again" - but wow! - these are so freaking delicious! I'm definitely gonna redo them, but when I'm more relaxed 😊

PUL Team - Feb. 26, 2023, 10:33 p.m.

Awe sorry about the stressful making of them, Hanna! So glad they were still enjoyed 😃

Antea - Feb. 17, 2023, 11:02 p.m.

Hi PUL people! Just wondering may I change the coconut oil with something else? It’s something not that used in Italy so it’s difficult to find/very expensive. Thank you!

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2023, 5:16 p.m.

Hey Antea, I imagine swapping it out for an equal amount of vegan butter will work. Otherwise, try a combination of nut butter and margarine. I hope this helps!

Orlanne - Jan. 24, 2023, 8:56 a.m.

tried this recipe and let me tell you that it was amazing! I swapped pumpkin seeds with sunflower seeds and made a chia egg instead of a flaxegg and it was an absolutely earthy, rich, healthy and nutricious treat. I'll make it again for sure! It reminded me of the flapjacks but more healthy and packed with flavours.

PUL Team - Jan. 26, 2023, 12:28 a.m.

Lovely modifications, Orlanne - we're so thrilled the granola bars were enjoyed 😃

Assia - Jan. 17, 2023, 9:32 p.m.

Ces petites barres énergétiques sont délicieuses, parfaites pour un petit en cas en plein milieu de matinée ou après le sport :)

Mayumi - Oct. 6, 2022, 1:09 a.m.

Hi, do you have any tips for making these stick together better? Just made them today and they are quite crumbly.. love the flavours though!

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2022, 6:41 p.m.

Hey Mayumi, did you use the ingredients and portions listed? If so, pressing down on the bars firmly before baking is key to help squish them together. You could also add more nut butter, dates, or syrup to the mixture for added stickiness 🙂

Alyssa - Aug. 18, 2022, 12:09 p.m.

These definitely did not disappoint! I usually make the frozen yogurt breakfast bars but i decided to switch it up this time and i’m glad i did. I kept the recipe the same but i decided to add a handful of frozen berries to the food processor with the mixture and that turned out great. Highly recommend these!!

PUL Team - Aug. 18, 2022, 1:26 p.m.

Go glad they were enjoyed, Alyssa, and love the idea to add frozen berries!

Lindsay 🇺🇸 - Aug. 11, 2022, 10:52 p.m.

These are sooo good! I don’t eat plant yogurt very often, but when I do, it always makes me want these bars! They are the perfect accompaniment to the creaminess of the yogurt, and have such a satisfying feel when you bite into their denseness. Crumbled into cashew yogurt with some blueberries makes for a lasting breakfast (or snack). I usually skip the chocolate, but I’m sure that would also be yummy.

PUL Team - Aug. 13, 2022, 12:49 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the breakfast bars, Lindsay! Cashew yogurt and blueberries sound like a delicious pairing 😍

Brianna - Aug. 1, 2022, 1:11 a.m.

I’ve made these bars countless times and everyone I share them with absolutely loves them! I wrap them individually and store in the fridge for an easy on-the-go breakfast or snack. Thank you for PUL for the amazing recipe :)

PUL Team - Aug. 2, 2022, 4:53 a.m.

Woohoo! So thrilled to hear - thank you, Brianna ✨

Shruthi - July 30, 2022, 9:24 p.m. am great fan of your receipe.its simply great work.thank you.

PUL Team - July 31, 2022, 1:38 a.m.

It means so much, Shruthi, happy cooking!

Madison - June 15, 2022, 4:48 a.m.

I really struggle with low energy levels throughout the day and i got this recipe from the video describing how your food affects your energy. I love how many servings this recipe makes. We've been eating these in the afternoon to curb our afternoon slump. I'm not sure if it's the placebo affect or if they're actually working, but I've been feeling great after I eat one! I will definitely make these again!

PUL Team - June 16, 2022, 6:58 a.m.

Awe thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with it, Madison! We're so happy to hear the bars are being enjoyed 😃

Erica - June 9, 2022, 6:49 p.m.

Whenever I want to treat myself to a special breakfast I buy hazelnuts and make this recipe. The nutty flavor of the hazelnuts together with all the other ingredients is just a perfect combination.

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 11:45 p.m.

Oh we're smiling from ear to ear! Thank you, Erica ☺️

Salome - May 8, 2022, 2:36 p.m.

Such a multifunctional bar! As a normal snack or over some plant-based yogurt!
Making this again whenever I run out of them.

PUL Team - May 8, 2022, 8:18 p.m.

So thrilled the bars are being enjoyed! Thank you, Salome 🙂

Ana Flavia - May 5, 2022, 5:41 p.m.

My husband loves this granola bar. Every time we go on vacation, it's our go to snack to take with us. I did modify the recipe though. Instead of oil, I make it with water.

PUL Team - May 6, 2022, 12:30 a.m.

Thanks for sharing the insight, Ana, it's so appreciated 🙂

Theresa - April 3, 2022, 9:11 p.m.

Delicious! One of our weekly go to's!

Michelle - March 4, 2022, 4:33 p.m.

These are so good!! I've made these now 25+ times and I even baked and froze 100 before my baby was born. They really helped me get enough nutrients while I was breastfeeding and caring for my daughter. They're now my go-to for friends with newborns.

These are delicious, satisfying and universally loved.

PUL Team - March 5, 2022, 4:23 p.m.

Awe we're so happy to hear, Michelle! Wishing you and your little one an abundance of health and wellness 💚

Anna - Feb. 10, 2022, 12:18 p.m.

I love them!
I swapped the hazelnuts for almonds, the pecans for walnuts, as well as the almond butter for peanut Butter. And I left out the pumpkin seeds.
They turned out soo delicious but maybe a little bit dry. I had them for lunch with yoghurt and frozen raspberries. Such a heavenly combination!
I will definitely experiment some more on them 😉

PUL Team - Feb. 11, 2022, 12:42 a.m.

Love the substitutions, Anna, thank you for sharing! If your nut butter doesn't tend to be as liquidy or the dates are more on the hard side, you could add some water or more coconut oil to help the mixture be wetter 😊

imsen - Jan. 31, 2022, 3:32 p.m.

These granola bars will certainly brighten my day!

Jess - Jan. 22, 2022, 9:04 p.m.

Personally, I would not have these for breakfast due to the coconut oil making them a "less healthy" choice with its high saturated fat content. Is there anything you can sub the coconut oil for?
Thanks so much

PUL Team - Jan. 23, 2022, 8:25 p.m.

Hi Jess, thanks for the question. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature which helps the bars stay firm. You could sub the coconut oil with 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. In case you're interested and haven't already seen it yet, we also have an article on coconut oil here:…. We hope you enjoy the bars if you have them a try 😃

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… 😊

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.

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

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 😍