Vegan Mulberry Granola Bars

I've been making more granola bars lately. J loves to bring granola bars to work for a snack so I prefer to make them rather than buy them. While his favorite is my tried and true peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars, I still like to experiment.

Here's a great chewy vegan granola bar that we like. I have a big bag of purple mulberries that have been sitting in my cupboard for months. I absolutely love mulberries, purple and white, but have never used them in granola bars before so it was a fun way to use them. Purple mulberries, coconut, seeds, and mini dark chocolate chips in an oatmeal bar. It can only mean a tasty snack! Give em' a try. They freeze well too.

Vegan Mulberry Granola Bars
Part Wellness Weekend!

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup oat or quinoa flour
1/3 cup purple or white mulberries
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons dried shredded coconut
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
3 tablespoons quinoa flakes
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
1 flax egg*
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*Flax egg - 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water. Let sit a few minutes.

Set oven to 350F.
Stir together all dry ingredients in a bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix together.
Firmly press the mixture into a greased 8x8" pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden. Cool and slice.
Store in the fridge for 7-10 days.

Here's a creation that magically came to be last week. I don't have a recipe - yet! -  but I plan on trying it again so I can get it down on paper.

I had leftover raw vanilla cream from the filled chocolates so decided to mix it with some coconut butter thinking it would turn into a thick yummy spread. I guess my ratio of coconut butter was high because after chilling in the fridge for just a few hours they turned very firm. More like a firm fudge. I mixed goji berries and cacao nibs into it. I like the chew of the berries and crunch of the nibs. Delicious!

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12 Comments
  1. April 27, 2012 at 03:20
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    I've never tried purple mulberries, but I love the white ones!<br /><br />That vanilla fudge looks to-die-for :)

  2. April 27, 2012 at 13:44
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    So sweet to hear you are making these granola bars for J. It must be love <3<br /><br />Oh, and I love how that fudge turned out. So pretty and romantic.

  3. April 27, 2012 at 14:00
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    You are always coming up with something new and delicious! I want you to live with me! Haha

  4. April 27, 2012 at 15:43
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    I have some mulberries in my cupboard, so I think I will be making these for my hubby to take to work. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. April 27, 2012 at 21:24
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    I wish I could find mulberries! This sounds like such a great recipe. Thanks for linking to WellnessWeekend, Heather! :D

  6. May 14, 2012 at 19:50
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    Hi! My name is Maria from crazysexylife.com. We would love to feature you and your recipe in an upcoming newsletter. You can e-mail me at maria@crazysexywellness.com with your permission. Thank you!

  7. chris
    May 19, 2012 at 16:02
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    Can you dehydrate these rather than bake them? Thanks!!!

  8. May 21, 2012 at 02:14
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    Chris - give it a try and see how it goes - then let me know! :)

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