Vegan Granola Bars

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Here is my favorite granola bar recipe now vegan.

These bars have some of my favorite things,  chocolate, pecans, honey, and vanilla. To make them gluten you can use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats. (NOTE: Some with celiac disease may still have problems with gluten free oats). You can also add raisins or cranberries.

Note: You can mix up the dry ingredients and keep them in a large canning jar.  These jars along with the recipe would be a great gift.  You could also include a small jar of coconut oil, coconut sugar, flax seed, apple sauce, cinnamon, honey and cocao powder.

Ingredients: (Updated 8/12/2016)

  • 1 cup organic oat flour Flour (I ground my oats in my Ninja)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 or 2 tsp ground cinnamon, organic
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/8 cup unpacked organic sugar, organic brown sugar or coconut sugar – I  use coconut sugar
  • 1 Tsp of ground flax seed mixed with 3 T of water – this is the egg replacement
  • 1/3 cup raw honey – local is best. For true vegan you can use maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce – I use my homemade
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract – I use my homemade
  • 2 cups organic quick cook oats
  •  2 T of Cocao Powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup vegan chips or sweetened cocao nibs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°; line a 9 x 9 baking pan with 2 long pieces of parchment paper, long enough to go up over the sides for easy removal. Lightly spray with oil. (I use a glass pan and I do not need to line with parchment paper or spray with oil.)
In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nuts, chips, cinnamon and cocao power if using.
In a large bowl, with a mixer cream together the coconut oil and the sugar on medium speed.  
Add the flax seed followed by the honey, applesauce and vanilla extract.
Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the optional ingredients as wanted.
Spoon oats onto prepared baking dish, flattening to make even. Bake for about 23-25 minutes, or until light brown at the edges. They will seem soft and undercooked, but once they cool they will set completely.

In Florida I find these store best in the refrigerator.  I always make a double batch  and I have one for breakfast or snack.  Please give these a try, they are GREAT!

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