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Vegan & Gluten Free Granola Bars

Posted Apr 12 2012 8:46am

I have an awesome new recipe for you all today! Introducing my new favorite granola bars – and they are vegan and gluten free, too:

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I’ve been really slacking in the recipe creation department lately – I’ve still been making myself healthy breakfasts, packing healthy lunches, and throwing together healthy dinners, but it’s all been super basic, easy stuff that I make all the time. My creative juices haven’t exactly been flowing, especially since I’ve been so busy.

But then, yesterday morning I was reading my friend Gena ’s blog and saw her awesome Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Snack Bars recipe; suddenly, I felt inspired to be creative again in the kitchen. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand for Gena’s recipe, so I decided to create my own variation – but I encourage you to check out her recipe as well. It looks great!

Before I knew it, I was preheating my oven to 350 and getting out my mixing bowls. Thanks for the inspiration, Gena. :)

vegan gluten free granola bars

Vegan & Gluten Free Granola Bars

Makes 8-10 bars

These granola bars are a nutritional powerhouse; packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, they’ll keep you going whether you need a quick breakfast or a handy on-the-go snack. They also couldn’t be easier to make! *If you need to recipe to remain gluten free, be sure to buy gluten free certified oats and walnuts – they are both naturally gluten free but often contaminated in processing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp flax meal + 6 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 & 3/4 cups oats*
  • 1 cup chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins/cherries)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts*
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (omit if you use salted nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1) Mix the flax meal with the warm water and set aside to “gel.” This is the vegan equivalent of two eggs!

2) In a large bowl, mix oats, chickpea flour, cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and sea salt. In a separate smaller bowl, mix nut butter with maple syrup, then add the flax/water mixture, which should now have gelled, and stir again.

3) Mix wet ingredients into dry. Pour into a greased square or rectangular baking dish (mine is 11×7 but slightly smaller would be better) and bake 15 to 18 minutes, until top is golden brown. Allow to cool, then cut into bar shapes.

Enjoy!

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I sampled them immediately and they are DELICOUS – awesome chewy texture and not too sweet but with a lot of great flavor. I’m obsessed and will definitely be making these again soon!

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Once the bars were cool, I wrapped them up for easier grabbing and going later this week. A few got wrapped in tin foil… but then I ran out of tin foil and had to put the rest in ziplock bags. :) I’ll store them in the fridge so they last longer and some might go into the freezer for later, too.

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Yum, yum! Let me know how you like the recipe. :)

Interested in more granola/snack bar recipes? Check out my other faves:

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