Firstly, I am not vegan – don’t think I’ll ever become one because I love my meats. I decided to make these vegan nut bars today because I am doing a snack-prep for my frisbee competition this weekend. The last competition I had, I ate so much unhealthy snacks in between the games that I felt quite sick. So this time, I decided to make my own bars that are healthier and has the ingredients that I like in them.
There is always a binding agent needed for baking and that is usually eggs. However, you can’t use eggs for vegan-baking so I used mashed up bananas to hold all the ingredients together. These bars are very easy to make – all you need to do is to mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. It was my first time making these bars and I was so excited when it came out from the oven. They were soft and chewy. Not too sweet and they had all my favourite ingredients in them!
Nutrition per bar (Makes 16)
- 2 large bananas (mashed)
- 150g old fashion rolled oats
- 100g diced almonds
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 30g almond meal
- 30g wholemeal plain flour
- 60ml maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 50g dried cranberries
- 20g desiccated coconut
Preparation time: 10min
Baking time: 20-30min (or when the bar turns golden brown)
- Line a 7″ square tin with parchment paper
- Place the rolled oats, diced almonds, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, almond meal, wholemeal plain flour, cinnamon powder, dried cranberries and desiccated coconut into a large mixing bowl
- Mix the dry ingredients well
- Pour in the mashed banana and maple syrup into the dry ingredients
- Mix it well until it forms a sticky mixture
- Place the mixture into the baking tin and using the back of the spoon, press it down firmly
- Place it in the oven to bake for 20-30min or until it turns golden brown
There you have it! After making these bars, you will probably stop buying the commercially made ones from the supermarkets because they are just so easy to make!