I have tried several times to make my own granola bars, unfortunately, most of them have been fails. I can’t seem to get the right amount of moisture in them so they crumble and fall apart. My husband found this recipe and knowing how badly I want to make my own vegan protein bars, not to mention how I like to try new recipes he suggested I try again.
Not only did these work but they tasted GREAT!
The silly thing is the only thing they have for moisture is a banana, crazy huh? Maybe I’ve always just tried to add too much to my bars before, I don’t know.
Anyway here is the recipe for the GCN Energy Bars
Vegan Protein Bars
- 1 1/2 cups ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
- 3/4 cup mixed dried fruit (I used 1/4 cup each of dates, strawberries & blueberries, next time I might add another 1/4 cup of fruit)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds (original recipe called for .5 cups flax. Your body can’t digest flax unless it is cracked and I didn’t feel like grinding the flax)
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- cinnamon & salt to taste (I used about 1 tsp of each, probably could have used more salt but all of my nuts and seeds were raw and unsalted)
- Blend the bananas in a food processor until smooth
- Transfer to a bowl and add in rest of ingredients, mix well with hands or spoon.
- Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. I had one that was 12″ x 8.5″ that worked perfectly
- Bake at 200 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes and cut into bars.
They are really good, vegan and sugar-free! You could probably add some cocoa nibs or vegan chocolate chips, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (although that would make this non-vegan).Simple, healthy and great on the go!Click To Tweet
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