Sorry for the lack of blog post yesterday, I was busy being a genius and creating a new About page that features image mapping and page jumping. No biggie, just casually dominating HTML code.
No, actually it’s pretty easy, but with my limited knowledge of all things code, this seriously felt like getting a PhD. It’s so satisfying to teach yourself something, but it takes so much more time than having a knowledgeable person teach it to you.
Anyway, I rarely bake, but had some supplies left over from my Thanksgiving dessert spree, and wanted to use them up in a health(ier) way. Sometimes “granola bar” is just a euphemism for “cookie” (just like “muffin” is also just a nice word for “cupcake”), but I tried to lighten these up as much as possible, using applesauce instead of oil and a banana-baking powder combo instead of egg. Not that eggs are necessarily unhealthy, but now I can call these “vegan,” making the recipe instantly fancier. Or something?
I did add some brown sugar for the sake of getting rid of baking supplies, but you could easily replace that with honey or other sweetener if it makes you feel better about yourself. Either way, these chewy granola bars are delicious, addicting, and the perfect on-the-go snack.
Vegan granola bars you can make at home.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup almond butter
- 3 small ripe bananas
- ½ cup applesauce
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ c slivered almonds
- ¼ c flaxseeds
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in a smaller bowl.
- Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until fully combined.
- Line a 9x13” baking sheet with parchment paper and pat the mixture on top of it evenly, leaving about an inch of space around the border of the pan.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Let it cool for 5 minutes and then cut into small squares.
What are your favorite healthy ingredient swaps when baking?