Friday, July 2, 2010

DIY Granola Bars

I will never buy granola bars again. These are SO yummy and easy. The best part is that you can get creative with ingredients, swapping one thing for another. Here's what I did:

Vegan Granola Bars a la moi

2 c. oatmeal (not quick cook)
1 c. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
3 T. vegetable oil
2/3 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c. dried apricots, chopped
1 c. flax seed

Heat oven to 350. Toast oatmeal and pepitas for 10-12 minutes on baking sheet, stirring every few minutes. Reduce oven heat to 300. In a small saucepan, combine oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir continually to dissolve brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and combine with oatmeal mixture, cinnamon, apricots, and flax seed in large bowl. Line 9X13 baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread mixture evenly on lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 300. Let cool for 2-3 hours before cutting. (I found using a pizza wheel to cut the bars works best)

Here's the finished product

Enjoying the finished product


  1. Yum! That sounds and by your facial expression, looks delish! Good job veganing Kate. Also, lovin that shirt. I like it cause it's the truth :)

  2. I also love the shirt! I absolutely plan on trying this. I have two questions: How thick are these? (I mean tall... half an inch?) I don't have a 9x13 pan so I'll improvise with what I have. Also, I wonder if applesauce can be used instead of oil? But then how would I dissolve the sugars? Thoughts? Thanks again Kate!

  3. Amber,
    These were pretty thin because I used a 9X13' pan - probably about 1/2' to 1/4' thick. You could get thicker bars by using a smaller pan, I reckon.
    I'm not a good or frequent enough baker to know substitutes, but using raw peanut butter (or other natural, no sugar added nut butter) might work.