Thursday, April 26, 2012

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!


Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I've never tried purple mulberries, but I love the white ones!

That vanilla fudge looks to-die-for :)

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Oh, the granola bars look great! I love mulberries. And the vanilla fudge looks yum!

shannonmarie said...

So sweet to hear you are making these granola bars for J. It must be love <3

Oh, and I love how that fudge turned out. So pretty and romantic.

Lauren said...

You are always coming up with something new and delicious! I want you to live with me! Haha

Nicole said...

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!

Heather Pace said...

Thanks lovely ladies! Happy Friday!

Ricki said...

I wish I could find mulberries! This sounds like such a great recipe. Thanks for linking to WellnessWeekend, Heather! :D

katshealthcorner said...

What a delicious recipe! <3 <3 <3

Tough Cookie said...

Hi! My name is Maria from We would love to feature you and your recipe in an upcoming newsletter. You can e-mail me at with your permission. Thank you!

Heather Pace said...

Hi Maria. Sure! That would be great!

chris said...

Can you dehydrate these rather than bake them? Thanks!!!

Heather Pace said...

Chris - give it a try and see how it goes - then let me know! :)