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!
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
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!
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:
- Sweet potatoes
- Salmon (for the fish eaters)
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:
- Easy Vegan Stuffing with Cranberries
- Simple Vegan Salad Recipe
- Vegan Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs & Cranberries
- Plant-Based Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce
- Cranberry Cheese Tarts
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!
Vegan Granola Bars Recipe
- 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.