Sticky Nut Bars

During this first month of parenthood we have learned that being parents is not only about taking care of Elsa, it is also about taking care of all our relatives, neighbors and friends that stop by to have a look at our little girl. We wanted to take it slow, not stressing her with too many new faces and voices, but when we started counting we realized that we have had visitors almost every day since she was born. Some stay for lunch, others for coffee and a cookie … but since we don’t normally store cookies at home we have been improvising with what we find in our kitchen cabinets. And that is how these sticky nut bars were created.

The salty peanut butter, the sweetness in the dried fruit and the big chunky pieces of nuts make these bars really, really yummy. They taste kind of similar to Snickers, even though they are made without sugar, flour or butter.
We have also used the exact same ingredients to make nut truffles, which can be made in less than seven minutes. Follow the instructions from this recipe.

Sticky Nut Bars

10 fresh dates (chopped)
2 tbsp water
2/3 cup organic peanut butter (salted)
1 cup mixed nuts, we used almonds, cashew nuts and pistachio (coarsley chopped)
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried fruit (we used green raisins, yellow raisins and goji berries)
1/2 tsp salt

Coat a springform pan with parchment paper. In a small saucepan, stir together dates, water and peanut butter and place over low heat. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are coated. Add some more nuts if the mixture feels too moist and some more water if it is too dry. Pour the mixture in the springform pan and put in the fridge for half an hour. Cut them into squares before serving. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
If you don’t like them sticky you can instead make them as cookies, by baking them in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 350°F / 175°C.


  • I tried dipping these bars in a chocolate syrup. Its good for snacks.
  • Hi! I made these today, pretty much to the letter - although I didn't have enough dates so I added a little honey. Popped them in the fridge but they're just not setting - and the mixture wasn't at all sticky. Which isn't a problem as I think I'll just roll them into balls and eat them like that! But any idea why they may not have set? I'd have thought the honey would have helped them harden rather than hindered.
  • Nan
    I eat one of these every morning -- such a great recipe! Just wanted to share all my substitutions with you, if you make them like this they taste like american holiday cookies: 10 fresh dates (chopped) 2 tbsp water 2/3 cup raw almond butter (salted) 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup coconut flakes 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp salt (Sometimes I also add extra water and some instant oats)
  • Dessa ser supergoda ut! Jag skulle prova receptet nu ikväll och tänkte att det var en bra ide att köra dem i ugnen som det står att man kan göra. Ugnen gick bara till 325° så jag körde på max. När brandlarmet gick insåg jag att det förmodligen skulle vara 350 Fahrenheit och inte Celsius. :D Får testa en gång till imorgon. Tack för en superbra sida!
    • Åh nej vad irriterande. Du har helt rätt att det var 350°F och 175°C. Det är ett rätt gammalt recept och därför had evi missat att ange detta. Men nu är det tillagt. Tack för påminnelsen och ursäkta för brandlarmet ;) /David
  • WHAT are "green raisins"? Here in the US we have dark colored ones and yellow called golden raisins. I have never seen green. When we kid about green raisins, we mean grapes before they are dried! :-) love love love YOUR website! Outstanding recipes!! Thanks for letting me know!
    • Hi Morgine, Green raisins are also known as Iranian raisins. They have a slightly smoked flavor which is fantastic in these bars. But if you can't find them you can of course replace them with yellow raisins or dark raisins. /David
      • Wow! Thanks for introducing me to a NEW food! I have never seen them here and we do have several Specialty markets in nearby Portland, Oregon, USA just over an hour away. They sound very interesting! Thank you for letting me know!! I am going to make them soon!!
  • Jurate
    It's really delicious! I didn't have pistachios, so next time will definitely put it in. I thought it might be too sweet, but it's really nice! Thank you for a great recipe! :)
  • Jo
    These are very moorish... Taste very naughty... My peanut butter didn't really melt, but the sticky consistency was great for baking the cookies. Don't think these will last a week... Thanks!
  • I am going to write about your blog and cookbooks in my Letter M online newsletter - part of M the magazine for Kansas City Moms. Adore your aesthetic. Thank you!
  • I have subscribed! Yay! Love your blog, and can't wait to try more vegetarian recipes..... Wonder what my family will say?! :)
  • Erica Stoy
    ok these were so EASY to make!! can't wait for that 1/2hour to go by, always enjoy all your recipes and tips:)
  • Jo
    Such a good idea! I made mine with almonds, currants, goji berries, a variety of seeds and moist coconut flakes. Delish. But a little too peanut-buttery. Next time I'l lsubstitute a little peanut butter with more dates, more berries, more coconut and maybe some honey. Yummo!
  • Hi, I was looking for a healthy snack recipe and came across your amazing blog! I just made these bars and they turned out perfectly; can't wait to try different flavour combinations! Thanks, Victoria
  • Faye
    Hi you three! I have been looking through your recipes for days and today I went out and spent a lot of money stocking up my cupboard with all the dried goods, pulses, seeds, nuts, fruits and everything else to start making your wonderful food! I just finished making these lovely nut bars, but mine wouldnt set after even 1hr in the fridge. They are just really gooey, kind of like the original peanut butter consistency. I feel like im eating a jar of peanut butter with fruit and nuts mixed in. Is it meant to be like this or a little harder? Can you recommend how I could make them harder so they are more crunchy? Thanks guys! Faye
  • Karina
    These look great! We are doing what is called a Daniel Fast this month and I am always looking for simple but tasty treats to snack on during the day! Thank you soooo much for all the great recipes that keep me inspired!
  • Alison
    I just followed your recipe, and decided to bake them for a less sticky bar. The whole thing crumbled when cooled and I started to slice it. Don't think the dates and peanut butter were enough to hold it all together :( Might have to try it again with the cooling option instead. I was salivating looking at your images too!
  • Taylor Rae
    any chance you know the approximate nutrition facts for these? i love love love them!
  • These look so good, I am bookmarking this recipe!
  • Marie-Louise
    Hi David and Luise, I’ve just made these fantastic nut bars and they taste so good. Thank you for an excellent blog, which I often visit And now for my question, do you know how long you can keep the nut bars before they get bad? kind regards
    • Hi Marie-Louise! It makes us so happy that you like our blog and the Sticky Nut Bars;) You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for about 1 week. But in our home they usually disappear after a couple of hours... God Sommer! :)
  • Mmmmmmmm. Wish I could stop by for tea and one (no make that a quite a few) of those.
  • These look delicious and I hope to make some soon! Do you think dried dates could be subbed? Thanks for sharing. :)
  • they look scrumptious and healthy I absolutely *need* to try this recipe :)
  • Brilliant, I love these nut bars. I've been on a hunt for some healthier dessert recipes as I think it's time to lose the winter weight, but I can't seem to cut out sweets completely! :) Thank you for this recipe.
  • Jennie
    They look yummy and they sound so easy to make! I really like the style of your pictures, so simple and yet so beautiful.
  • These look fantastic! If I hadn't just barely finished making fruit & date truffles - I would be making these right now. I guess they'll just have to wait until Thursday ;) Thanks for sharing!
  • So much better than traditional cookies!!! Necessity - mother of invention :)
  • candy bars, au naturale! love em, love em, love em! and so pretty.
  • Delicious! Beautiful presentation too!
  • Becky
    this looks delicious and I plan to substitute soy-nut butter for the peanut butter!

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