Vegan Energy Bars

I am a few weeks into my “vegan” period, so there will be no posts for the next four or so that include the temptations of cheese, milk, or eggs.  My apologies.  What is fun about this “period” is that it challenges me to try new things.   As you may have already read in past posts, I’m not always good about accepting such a challenge.

This baking experiment was also inspired by my daily eating habits and considering the impact on the budget.  My day is generally punctuated by little eating breaks.  I watch the clock and consider when I can eat again.  In theory I eat “small meals” and then have snacks.  I still probably have big meals AND snacks, but whatever.

My mid morning snack at work is often in the snack bar form.  I’ve been telling myself such a habit is “okay” because they are Kashi bars, which a personal trainer told me are good.  They are also downright delicious, so it’s been easy.  (Another trainer espoused on the goodness of raw radishes – that hasn’t caught on, shocking.)  Kashi bars were good because they are high in fiber and relatively low in sugar.  With that seal of approval, I find myself buying the boxes as needed.

That said, the bars aren’t cheap and Trader Joe’s does not produce a like variety – yet at least.  In addition to the excess spending, there is excess waste.  Unwrapping the snack bar every day is a reminder of that.  It does add up.  And so I decided I could try and make a snack bar of my own.  I’ve made the lara bar -esque variety about a year ago, but … I wanted to try something new.  These were awfully tasty – probably because they were more like a cookie than anything else — likely the peanut butter/honey combo.  I probably could have baked them on a cookie sheet as cookies and they would have been similar to Erin’s Baker’s breakfast cookies (http://www.bbcookies.com/shop/home.php) , which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  As for my daily snack, I’ll enjoy them but they may be a little to “calorie dense” to consume that regularly.

A quick google search provided several recipes and I settled on this one as a base.

http://www.nibbledish.com/people/makemethod/recipes/vegan-energy-bars

* 2 1/2  cups oats
* 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
* 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
* 1/2 cup almonds
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
*  2 or 3 Tbsp of chia seeds
* 1/2 cup golden raisins
* 12 oz natural peanut butter, creamy
* 1 cup honey

Admittedly, honey is NOT vegan, but that’s one of the things I let slide.

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  I lined a 9 x 13 pan with foil and then buttered.  Yes, wasteful, but simply easier to extract.
2.  In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut flakes, pretzels, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and raisins.

3.  Combine peanut butter and honey in a small bowl, then microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and reheat at intervals of 30 seconds.

It was so close, I decided to use the entire jar.

4.  Stir together the wet and dry.


5.  Press into the pan and bake for 15 minutes, rotating pan at the half-way point.


6.  Allow to cool, refrigerate and cut.

healthy and "calorie dense"

awfully tasty - snacking even between snack times!

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4 thoughts on “Vegan Energy Bars

  1. Nice! I love those kashi bars too, but you are right about both the waste and expense point. (I didn’t think they were low in sugar, but I buy the cherry-chocolate variety. I suppose it’s all relative). I think it’s so fun to make “pantry” items that you otherwise think you can buy only in stores. I just made butter as I told you and it was so fun, though you’ll have to wait a few more weeks to try that one out.

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