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A snack you can feel good about! If you’ve ever looked at the nutritional panel of a standard granola bar, they aren’t particularly healthy… They tasted great to me after a 20 mile mountain bike ride today!! Just the post workout energy boost I needed. My daughter ate one after breakfast when she said she was still hungry and gave it two thumbs up.
Thanks for my friend Kristyn passing along this recipe to me for my inspiration! I veganized it and tweaked a few things.
- 3 Tbsp warm water
- 1 Tbsp ground flax meal
- 2 cups rolled oats (I used quick)
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of your choice (I used unsweetened original almond milk)
- 3 Tbsp honey (or more if you wish; 3Tbsp makes it just a bit sweet – ideal for younger kids or if you are fine with a less sweet bar – hubby liked them as is and he’s usually picky about these things! )
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice, chopped (I used apple juice sweetened cranberries)
- 3/4 cup nuts or seeds of your choice (I used 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts)
Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9×13 baking pan.
Combine water and flax meal in a small bowl and allow to sit for a couple of minutes while you combine the rest of the ingredients.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl combine, non-dairy milk, honey, applesauce, vanilla, and flax mixture. Whisk well, dissolving the honey as best as you can. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined. Add dried fruit and nuts and stir.
Pour then spread in your prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting. Store in freezer for long term storage and in fridge for short term. (Or at room temp if you plan on eating them in a couple of days.)