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Recipe for Healthy Date Bar Cookies

Gluten Free Date Bars with Almonds and Oats (Vegan)

This vegan Healthy Date Bars Recipe is gluten free and contains no refined sugar; these bars have sweet, nutty flavor and subtle notes of caramel and a hint of vanilla.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 319kcal


Top and Bottom Crust:

Date Filling:


  • Preheat the oven to 350F; line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Add the almond flour, oats, coconut sugar, almonds, golden flaxseed meal, salt, and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse a few times to chop the nuts and oats a bit. Pour the almond flour mixture into a large bowl and stir in the vanilla and coconut oil. Alternatively, still in the food processor with the motor running, drizzle in the vanilla and coconut oil until incorporated.
  • Press ⅔ of the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • For the date filling, let the dates soak in the water for 3 minutes, and then add the dates along with the liquid and the cinnamon to a food processor and process until smooth.
    Making Date Paste
  • Pour the date mixture on top of the crust in the prepared baking dish and spread it out. Sprinkle the remaining ⅓ of the crust mixture on top, lightly pressing it down.
    Date Paste on Bottom Crust
  • Bake until the bars are golden and have set, about 35 to 45 minutes. Let them cool for 10 minutes in the pan, and then use the parchment paper to pull them out and transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • Cool completely before cutting. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • If you want to really gild the lily, drizzle melted dark chocolate on top of these bars and let it harden before serving. It's a match made in heaven!


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg