April 26

Delicious Date Sweetened Granola Bars

I have just finished my Birth Preparation Guide for my Prenatal Pilates clients. I have also created a YouTube video too. One of the (surprising) recommendations within is to eat 6 date fruit a day in the four weeks leading up to their due date. But before you go, this is a recipe for everyone. Not just Pregnant ladies.

The first recipe I thought of putting them in was Granola Bars as they are a very sweet fruit and add a nice chewy texture. So I asked myself what I would like to have in them walnuts for Omega 3, Flax seeds for more Omega 3, coconut because I like coconut, eggs for protein and hemp for even more Omega 3 & 6, plus protein and iron. Dates are a source of fibre, calcium, potassium, magnesium and folic acid. They are so easy to make, just measure, mix and pop in the oven.

Plus one of the most frequent questions I get from my clients is, “What can I eat for snacks?” While I don’t endorse much snacking, a small snack between lunch and dinner is usually necessary if you’re eating lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm. So, these are a great, nutritious yet filling option that are great with a cup of tea or coffee. Yum!


  •  100g dates, See tips below.
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional, I don’t have a huge sweet tooth)
  • 3 small eggs
  • 60g milled hemp seeds
  • 40g desiccated coconut
  • 60g flaked almonds
  • 100g walnuts, chopped
  • 40g flax seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

How To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Add the dates, vanilla and eggs to the blender and blend for a minute until dates are chopped.
  3. Mix dry ingredients until well combined in a large bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Make sure all ingredients are well mixed and moist.
  4. Pour mixture into the baking tray and press down until all the mixture is evenly distributed and tightly compacted.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  6. Wait until the bars have totally cooled down to cut them up. I got 6 bars out of this amount. Double or treble the mixture to make a big batch. (I couldn’t wait to try them before taking a picture.)
  7. Place them in a sealed container and store in the fridge.


  • If you are using dried dates. Soak the dates with just enough hot water to cover them for at least 20 minutes. I soak mine in the blender. Allow to cool before using.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Check out my Pinterest Board with all of my other recipes here.

Emma x

Delicious Date Sweetened Granola Bars Recipe

Meet Emma

Hi, I am Emma McAtasney, a NCEHS Personal Trainer since 2009. I earned my Pilates credentials through BASI Pilates, a highly respected college-level Pilates teacher training programme which aim is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates Method to the highest calibre.

In addition, I am a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, nutritionist and founder of a boutique Pilates studio in Dundalk, Ireland.

I help my clients eat healthier, ditch fad diets and lose weight for good by guiding them to make small manageable changes that long term have a huge impact on their quality of life!

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