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Easy to make (no baking!) soft and chewy granola bars made to taste like an iced oatmeal cookie.

Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars {Video}

Servings 12 bars
Author Chelsea


  • 2 and 1/4 cups old fashioned oats separated
  • 1 cup pitted Deglet Noor dates by dried cranberries in the grocery store
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Optional Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk


  • Blend 1 cup of the old fashioned oats until they resemble flour. Pour into a bowl.
  • Blend the dates (soak in a bowl of warm water if they are hard and then drain and dry well) until a thick paste forms. Place in the bowl.
  • Add the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add in the remaining 1 and 1/4 cup oats.
  • Using hand mixers blend until well combined. Add up to 1/2 cup additional oats. The mixture is quite wet, but it does set up a bit in the fridge. It's up to you and the texture you want for how many extra oats you add!
  • Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper, foil, or plastic wrap.
  • Press the granola bar mixture evenly into the pan and place in the fridge to chill and set up for at least 1 hour.
  • Once the bars have set up, drizzle the glaze on. To make the glaze: combine the white chocolate chips and the coconut oil (measure when melted)
  • Microwave the mixture in 15 second bursts, stirring in between each burst for 10-15 seconds until completely smooth.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk. Stir until a thick frosting has formed and transfer to a small plastic bag. Cut off the tip.
  • Remove the chilled bars from the fridge and cut into bars. Pipe the frosting onto the bars and allow to harden. (Return to the fridge).
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.