Since transitioning to a vegan diet a few months ago I’ve gotten really into trying new foods, especially ones that I make myself. I really liked a recipe I found online for raw vegan granola bars, but through several attempts I’ve altered the recipe and found a perfect mix that is high in protein, doesn’t contain any added sugar, and taste amazing! Here’s what I came up with!
*The photos show an earlier version of the recipe (doubled in size), and not the exact recipe listed here.
• 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed up
• 1/4 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cups oats (quick or rolled oats work fine)
• 1/4 cup shredded coconut
• 3 tbsp hemp seed
• 3 tbsp chia seed
• 3 tbsp ground flax seed
• 2 tbsp cinnamon
• 1/4 cup sliced almonds or sunflower seeds
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
• 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
*I recommend organic dried fruit with no added sugars, preservatives, or other ingredients.
As much as I love these, I would definitely encourage everyone to experiment and change up the ingredients to suit your own tastes. Have fun, and let me know how it goes! Tag me in your photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so I can check out what you came up with!
VARIATIONS & SUBSTITUTES:
– You can use maple syrup or agave nectar in place of the applesauce, but I was looking for a sugar-free alternative.
– You can change the type and amount of dried fruit however you like…raisins, dates, apples etc. One to one and a half cups total is optimal. Again, I’ve opted for dried fruit without any added ingredients such as sweeteners or preservatives.
– You can also add other chopped nuts or seeds.
– You can use other nut butters in place of peanut butter, but I didn’t notice any difference in the taste, and peanut butter is typically the least expensive.
– You can add 1/4 cup of protein powder, but I found that the taste suffered and it wasn’t worth the trade off when considering how little extra protein you’d get per bar.
– The original recipe I based this off of called for dark chocolate chips. You can add this, but again, I was going for a version without sugar.
1. Mash the bananas with a fork and mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
5. Cut bars to desired size with a sharp knife.