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Chewy Vegan Granola Bars Recipe (with Superfoods)

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

15 minutes

Yield

8

Granola bars are the perfect snack for when you’re on-the-go or need something to throw into lunches. However, most granola bars you buy in the store are loaded with sugar, and not good for you at all. So that’s why I wanted to create this easy (and delicious) Chewy Vegan Granola Bars Recipe so you can make your own, and know exactly what’s going into them. A much healthier alternative to the boxed granola bars you find in-store!

Vegan Granola Bars sitting on a plate

Vegan Granola Bars stacked on a plate

Why you’ll love these Vegan Granola Bars:

  • They take under 30 minutes to make
  • They’re perfect for lunches or snacks 
  • They are a healthy alternative to store-bought bars
  • They are loaded with superfoods and dried fruit
  • They are kid-friendly (but adults will love them too)
  • They’re gluten-free & vegan 

Ingredients for Vegan Granola Bars Recipe laid out on a table with juicy dried cranberries in the centre.

What dried fruit should I use in vegan granola bars?

You can really get creative with these and make different variations. However, for this recipe, I used Patience Fruit & Co’s Bursting Blend which contains dried whole and soft cranberries, wild blueberries, golden berries, and tart cherries. This blend is sweetened with cane sugar so it adds sweetness to the bars. 

What I love about these dried berries by Patience Fruit & Co is that they practice organic farming, meaning they do not use any genetically modified ingredients, or any chemical artificial fertilizers or pesticides. You can also add these dried berries into your baking, but also savoury recipes too. They taste amazing in salads! 

Patience Fruit & Co Berry Blend laying on table with ingredients surrounding the bag

What are superfoods?

Superfoods are nutritionally dense, and therefore really good for you! Many berries make the list of superfoods such as blueberries and cranberries that are found in this Vegan Granola Bars Recipe. However, you can also find superfoods in a variety of different foods such as:

  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Salmon (for the fish eaters)

Patience Fruit & Co Berry Blend sitting on table with other ingredients for Vegan Granola Bars in the background

Adding superfoods to your diet can be a great way to reap the rewards and benefits of their nutrients and help keep you healthy!

What are the benefits of dried fruit?

Dried fruit is very versatile and can be tossed into baking, casseroles, salads, literally, there are so many ways to use them. Dried fruit essentially has all the water content removed from it, shrinking the fruit down and leaving a small, energy-dense piece of fruit. Dried fruit is loaded with micronutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Since the fruit is smaller and more compact, dried fruit contains 3.5 times the amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals than fresh fruit. Therefore just one serving can help you reach your daily intake quicker and more efficiently. 

What are some of your favourite ways to incorporate dried fruits into your diet? 

Other vegan recipes made with Patience Fruit & Co:

Learn how to make this Vegan Granola Bars Recipe by scrolling down to the recipe below. Don’t forget to let me know what you think about it by leaving a comment or review! 

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Vegan Granola Bars Recipe

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Budget Friendly, Kid Friendly, 30 Minute Meals, Breakfast & Bowls
  • Cuisine: Plant-Based

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Ingredients

1 cup Patience Fruit and Co. Fruit Blend

1 large banana, mashed

1/2 cup almonds, chopped or whole

1/2 cup dar chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup walnuts

2 tbsp. flax seeds

2 tbsp. chia seeds

2 tbsp. hemp seeds

2 tbsp. white sesame seeds

3 tbsp. honey or maple syrup

1 cup gluten-free rolled oats


Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F and grab a 9X9 lined baking tin. You can either lightly grease it or line it will parchment paper.

To a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients apart from the gluten-free rolled oats and mix till well combined. Once well combined, add the oats and stir till everything is well coated.

Add mixture to your lightly greased or lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden in colour.

Let it cool completely in the pan before removing and cutting into 8 large rectangular pieces.

 

 

Lauren Marinigh

Oh love this idea & so much healthier than store bought granola bars!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES GIRL!! So gooey and crunchy and moist and tangy!

Alexa

These Patience Fruit products are so good!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much for the love, Alexa!

Amy Kinder

Just obsessed with these bars, thanks Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome, Amy!

Whitney Driegder

Ok, these bars are one thing but let’s just talk about my kid’s addiction to those cranberries in general! They’re so good! Thanks Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks Whitney! We completely agree!

Elisa

These are perfect! I don’t like buying bars instore because they are filled with junk!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Arent they just so addicting?!

Caroline Dana Charron

Easy and very quick to make. Love the taste. Healthy, vegan and no waste.
Thank you Maria for another great recipe.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Caroline!

Doris

Amazing recipe. Added some pumpkin seeds and dried mango too and result was sooo good.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Doris!

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