Just because I am giving up the grains doesn't mean all my readers should be forced to suffer along with me, although I do plan on creating some delicious grain free meals, I still need to do a bit more experimenting before I am ready to share those recipes with all of you!
So what inspired the granola bar recipe you may be wondering, did I already cave and give into grains...No I am proud to say I did not, although resisting the temptation to have one of these amazing looking and aromatic treats sure was tempting...luckily I stayed strong though! In fact these bars were simply inspired by my Dad, who bitterly complained that there was nothing in the house for him to eat. Although he was being a bit over dramatic, I guess it's not completely a lie. Since coming home two days ago my Mom and I have make conservative efforts to clean out the pantry and re stock it with healthy foods, of course these healthy foods cost quite a pretty penny therefore we have restricted my Dad (a mindless muncher) from eating any of these items! So of course being a baking addict I quickly jumped at the opportunity to make my Dad something!
The bars were quite a hit with my Dad even my Mom enjoyed the small sample she tasted! Although I can't take full credit for these bars they are from a recipe which I adapted to make vegan and a bit healthier from a family friend who has reported that these delicious crowd pleasing treats are always a favorite and usually gone within minutes of being served!
Ingredients 4 tbsp of softened vegan butter 4 tbsp of applesauce 2 tbsp of white granulated sugar 1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of agave 1 tsp of vanilla 1 egg replacement 1 tsp of baking powder 11/2 cup of old fashioned whole wheat oats 1 cup of whole wheat flour 1/2 cup of a crunchy type of cereal of your choice ( I used all bran) 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon A pinch of salt
Optional add ins 2 tbsp of vegan chocolate chips 2 tbsp of dried cranberries 1/4 cup of crushed nuts ( I used walnuts and almonds)
Method 1) Preheat the oven to 350, In a mixing bowl cream together butter and sugars, add in vanilla, agave, egg replacer, and applesauce
2) Add in the remaining ingredients including add ins and continue to mix to ensure all ingredients are wet, if mixture is too dry add in more agave
3) grease a 9 x 13 " pan and using a spatula and your hands spread mixture evenly throughout the pan, bake for 20 minutes, let granola bars complete cool before cutting.