No Bake Vegan Granola Bars and New Giveaway
Granola bars (and power balls) have always been one of my favourite snacks for on-the-go. Over the years I've experimented with everything from no-bake raw bars to dehydrated raw bars, baked bars, and no-bake vegan bars. The best part about making bars is that you can add whatever you have in your kitchen as long as you have a few basic ingredients as a base.
Today I have an EASY no-bake vegan granola bar recipe to share with you!
I worked with this recipe a handful of times, playing with large vs. small oat flakes and with maple syrup, brown rice syrup, and coconut nectar as the sweetener to see the differences. And guess what? There was a HUGE difference between each sweetener.
First, let's talk about oats. I find there to be so much confusion when it comes to this grain.
Oats are naturally gluten free.
Oats are susceptible to gluten contamination when they're processed in a facility that also processes gluten containing grains. So most people with a gluten intolerance are completely fine eating regular oats but celiacs (or anyone who notices a reaction) should go for certified gluten free oats, which means they're processed in a dedicated gluten free facility.
Large flake vs. small flake oats: They have the same nutritional value.
BOTH Large and small flake oats come from oat groats which have been steamed, rolled, and cut. The only difference is that the small oats have been cut into smaller and thinner flakes and have a faster cooking time.
Now onto sweeteners...
Maple Syrup: I tried this recipe with maple syrup first and because maple is a thin, more watery sweetener, the bars didn't hold together very well at all. In fact they were crumbly.
Brown Rice Syrup: Next I tried rice syrup and had great success! It is the perfect sweetener to create a bar that holds together well, even at room temperature. In fact I left a bar out on the counter all night to see how well it would hold up and it was completely fine. Rice syrup is less sweet than the others.
Coconut Nectar: Last, I tried coconut nectar and it created a delicious bar that holds together well BUT can't be left at room temperature for too long without starting to fall apart. This is perfect if you want to eat them right out of the fridge.
In the picture below, I used all small flake oats and sweetened them with coconut nectar.
No Bake Vegan Granola Bars
1 cup quick/small flake oats
1/2 cup large flake oats
2/3 cup seeds of choice (I used pumpkin, sunflower, chia, and hemp)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup ground yellow flax seeds
1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice
1/3 cup coconut nectar OR 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Stir all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and mix together well with your hands. Very firmly press into a parchment paper lined 8x8" pan. Chill in the fridge or freezer until firm. Slice into bars.
- Make these nut-free by using tahini, sunflower or pumpkin seed butter. I've made them with tahini and they're great.
- Yellow flax has a more mild taste but you can also use brown or ground chia.
- I like the combo of the large and small flake oats. Ive also made them with only small flake oats and it works well. Don't use only large flake oats though, they're a bit too chunky.
In these bars below, I used both large and small flake oats. They're sweetened with brown rice syrup.
I also have a new giveaway for you! TWO winners will receive a gift pack with these products from Holy Crap (best name, right?!). This company makes healthy, organic, high fiber cereals that are chia and oat based.
I used some of the Skinny B in my granola bars to make up the portion of seeds called for. It's a mix of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat.
Enter for 2 chances to win this pack of:
- Skinny B breakfast cereal
- Holy crap cereal
- Holy crap plus gluten free oats
- Holy crap single serving cup
- Holy crap single serving cup with gluten free oats
- Leave a comment below answering this question: What is your favourite cereal? (Mine is my homemade raw granola).
- For a second entry subscribe to my blog (in the bar at the top right hand side of my blog).
- This contest is open to residents of Canada.
- 2 winners will randomly be chosen on Monday July 3rd and will be contact via email. They will have to reply within 24 hours to claim their prize.
Congrats to Bridgitt who is the winner of the Healthy Crunch kale chip giveaway!!
On another note, here's a cake I made last week after getting inspired from watching Master Chef Australia. It's 3 layers of vegan chocolate cake with 2 layers of vegan vanilla marshmallow mousse, all covered in coconut frosting with candied walnuts and hazelnuts (i made a coconut sugar caramel), banana slices, chocolate sticks, and coconut stars.
Wishing you a wonderful week my friends 🙂 For my latest updates, be sure to connect with me on Instagram/instastories @sweetlyraw where I share every day.
This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.