Healthy Breakfast Bars are also a great vegan protein bars recipe. They are fruity and nutty with dates, cranberries, nuts, and seeds. The contrasting textures and complementing flavors make this the breakfast bar of choice.
When you make your breakfast bars at home you can control the texture and taste. I have tried a few from the grocery store and I have never fallen in love with one.
Sometimes they are too hard and sometimes they are too sweet. Expensive too!
I watch my spending. Well, maybe not all the time. I can go crazy at Disneyland, and I love a nice hotel room and good shoes are important.
Hmmm, maybe I only watch my spending on breakfast bars.
Anyway, there really isn't any reason to buy breakfast bars at the store when you can make them at home.
Whether you pull up a chair or are running out the door this vegan protein bars recipe makes easy snacks that are easy, delicious, and a pleasure to eat.
Can healthy breakfast bars be made nut-free
Yes, for sure! Any of your favorite seeds would substitute for the walnuts.
As a suggestion pumpkin seeds (pepitas) would be a flavorful crunch.
The only problem is that you have to use some of your willpower and only have a couple for breakfast. They taste so good!
I mentioned above to make cuts into the batter before baking. The neatest and easiest way to do this is with a dough scraper.
Now if you don't have one of these don't worry.
You can use a knife but I often like to use a dough scraper for cutting and separating dough. It's quick and neat.
Another neat trick is to lay parchment paper into the pan before pressing in the mixture.
Make sure the parchment paper hangs over two of the opposite edge. This makes it super easy to remove from the pan after baking.
- Whole wheat pastry flour adds fiber and nutrients to the main base of these breakfast bars.
- Rolled oats give extra protein and a chewy texture.
- Coconut oil adds to the baking and you can use any oil that you prefer.
- Dates are a wonderful sweetener and they add a nice texture too.
- Dried cranberries give a sweet tart addition to the flavors.
- Dried apple is another texture that makes everything taste even heathier.
- Walnuts add protein and that mild crunch factor.
- Shelled sunflower seeds are full of protein.
- Water adds the needed liquid for this vegan protein bars recipe to bake.
- Lightly grease an 8" x 8" square pan.
- Mix the flour, oats, salt, and oil in a medium bowl.
- Add dates, cranberries, and dried apples.
- Add the water, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and mix well.
- Press into an 8" x 8" pan to fill out all the corners and make a connection with all the ingredients.
- Score into squares before baking. By this I mean for you to press down with something like a metal pastry board scraper to make deep marks so that they are easy to cut apart after baking.
- Bake at 325° for 30 minutes.
After they have cooled you may freeze them in any of the methods shown in my article Preparing Food for the Freezer
They defrost quickly so it really doesn't take any planning. The microwave will also zap them in 20 seconds or just let them defrost at room temperature.
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Healthy Breakfast Bars
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil - liquid form
- ½ cups dates - chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries - lightly chopped
- ¼ cup dried apple - chopped
- ½ cup walnuts - chopped
- ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup water
- Lightly oil an 8"x8" pan.
- Mix flour, oats, salt and oil in a medium bowl.
- Add dates, cranberries and dried apples.
- Add the water, walnuts, sunflower seeds and mix well.
- Press into an 8" x 8" to fill out all the corners and make a connection with all the ingredients.
- Important: Cut into squares before baking. By this I mean for you to press down with something like a metal pastry board scraper to make deep marks so that they are easy to cut apart after baking.
- Bake at 325° for 30 minutes.