Vegan Bars

Vegan Snack Bars

These were born out of the need to send my children to school with a snack in our Holy Week, as Orthodox Christians we observe a vegan diet for the week before Easter Sunday. They were an instant hit, the children were happy to have them in their lunch boxes and I think they will be requested more often than just in Holy Week. I love the idea that there is no added sugar nor fat, other than what is naturally found in the ingredients you combine together.

Vegan Snack Bars
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A dense delicious vegan bar filled with energy-boosting goodness that is sugar-free.
Recipe type: Biscuit Recipe
Servings: 30
  • 250g chopped dates
  • 1 heaped Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 25g chia seeds
  • 330ml water
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g chopped apricots
  • 75g wheat germ
  • 75g oatmeal
  • 75g pecan nuts, chopped
  • 50g almonds, chopped
  • 150g organic porridge oats (not instant 10-minute oats they will make your bars soggy)
  1. Grease and line a 25cm square baking tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas.
  3. In a small pot add the dates, cinnamon, chia seeds, and cold water, bring the mixture to the boil and let it simmer while you mix the balance of the ingredients are being prepared or for at least 5 minutes.
  4. In a large glass bowl add all the ingredients and stir them through with a wooden spoon to combine.
  5. With a stick blender, blend the dates, cinnamon, chia seeds and water mixture into a smooth pulp. Blend carefully as the mixture is hot and will burn you if it splashes up.
  6. Add the date mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well with a wooden spoon until everything has been combined together.
  7. Press the mixture into your prepared greased and lined square tin, using the back of a metal spoon, compacted the mixture together until the top is smooth and even.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden on top, remove from the oven and allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Then cut your vegan bars into the size pieces you or your family will eat. I cut mine into snack-sized pieces 5cm x 3cm, you may want a larger bar or to cut a combination for various sizes for different needs, breakfast bars, snack bars or a small square like the trendy Protein Bites.
  10. Allow the bars to cool completely and enjoy your sugar-free vegan treat.
Experiment with different additions for the fruit and nuts, choose what you like to eat, below are some ideas:
Chopped apricots or figs, add raisins or sultanas, crushed cashew nuts, walnuts or brazil nuts. logo

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  1. Bernadette Eastland

    They have a look of South African crunchies and they look just as delicious! I’ll just have to try them. love and hugs.

    • Marissa

      Hi Bernadette they are like Crunchies, just a little softer in texture and healthier.
      I hope you love them they are moreish.
      But guess what…….I made the South African Crunchies this week!
      I am planning to share the recipe with you all.
      They are so good but I made them as a soft bake, which is all the rage in the UK.
      Is it also the case in the USA?
      All our shop bought breakfast bars and cookies are offering a soft bake variety.
      Have the most wonderful weekend and thank you for your comments.
      A big hug back to you and lots of love.

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