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Vegan Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Good morning!

I was up bright and early this morning and decided to do a little experimental baking :)

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I love trying to create random new recipes — it really brings out my creative side :) I’d say this one was a major success!

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Vegan Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

(makes 10-12 bars)

Ingredients:

[Dry]

  • 1 C spelt flour (see this post for more info on spelt)
  • 1 C old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 C finely ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

[Wet]

  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 C pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 C smooth almond butter
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350.

1) In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients, then combine, adding wet to dry and stirring gently until mixed.

2) Pour mixture into a pan and pat it down evenly. (If you’ve learned anything from my blog, I hope it’s that you should always top baked goods with raw oats to make them look pretty :) )

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3) Pop into the oven and bake for about 25 or so minutes. Fork check to make sure they are done.

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And voila! So easy :)

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I cut mine into bars for easy grabbing and go-ing later. These would make an awesome pre-workout snack or quick breakfast!

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Mmmmm…

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I love having healthy baked goods in the house :) Breakfast just got way more awesome!

I’m trying to use up what I have in the pantry before I move to NC in 3 weeks (ack!), so while the bars were in the oven I quickly threw together a batch of my vegan 5-Minute No Bake Granola Bars!

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So pretty :)

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I followed my normal recipe (which you can find here), but used almond butter instead of peanut butter and added in 1/3 C of goji berries for a little antioxidant punch ;)

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Goji berries are so pretty!

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Funny story: I actually first tried goji berries while I was in Prague! One of my coworkers at the Czech primary school where I taught, a Czech teacher named Jitka, was really into health food and used to give these to me at school sometimes for a snack. But I never had a clue what they were because she didn’t know the English name for them! It wasn’t until I came back to the U.S. and saw them in Whole Foods that I figured it out :) I usually just snack on them raw — they are great for a sweet treat after a meal! 

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I just popped the granola bars into the fridge — I’m thinking I’ll wrap them up individually and freeze them so I can enjoy them over the next 3 weeks!

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Alrighty… play time is over. :( Time to get back to some serious studying! T-minus 2 weeks until my BioChem final and I have a long way to go! My last day of work is Wednesday — how time flies!

Comments

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    Those bars look awesome! I’m going on vaca this weekend and may whip up a batch for the car ride.

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    i love getting creative in the kitchen…and i LOVE the specks of red from the goji berries! beautiful!

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    Anne,
    Both treats look amazing! Do you think I could substitute whole wheat flour for spelt flour? I don’t have spelt flour and the nearest Whole Foods is a bit of a drive, so I’m looking for a shortcut! Thx ;) Happy Monday!

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    Oh boy do they look scrumptious! I just added this recipe to my Recipe Wish List. Thanks for sharing!

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    I am going to make these today. By the way, since I have been seeing a registered dietician, my glucose numbers are in the acceptable range now. I am really excited about that. Thanks Anne for all the wonderful good eating tips that I have incorporated into my diet.

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    What a productive morning in the kitchen! Love both of these recipes. One of my goals is to start making more homemade bars for on-the-go & travel snacks. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    I just had to throw a bunch of bananas into the freezer. Thanks for sharing your breakfast bar recipe!

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    Oh yeah, do you know the caloric amount/ nutrition of the breakfast bars?

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      Unfortunately I don’t :( I’d love to calculate it but with the BioChem final exam and my big move looming I need to focus on that stuff first… I’m sorry! If you calculate it and want to share, that would be great :)

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    I will have to make these!

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    Seems like yesterday was a day for creative baking. I made random chocolate zucchini brownie things yesterday.

    Those bars look great. I’m glad I have a recipe for them because my experiment was very challenging. I almost failed.

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    Those bars look great and I love them even more because I have most of the ingredients on-hand. (Darn you, spelt flower.) That would be the perfect grab-and-go breakfast!

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    Your creative juices work really well in the morning. The bars look fantastic!

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    Everything in this post looks so yummy and healthy! I will be stealing those recipes :) Thanks for sharing

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    Ohhh! I’ve been looking for a good granola bar recipe. I hit up the Amish market a few weeks ago and got all sorts of seeds and nuts just waiting to be whipped up into something tasty. You’re recipe looks so pretty – I can’t wait to try it. :)

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    Mm those both look so good! Good luck with your class :-)

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    Bars look fANNEtastic! I´m going to try these for sure, perfect for someone I know that doesn´t eat breakfast! :) thanks!

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    These look awesome — and most tasty! Very nice/thanks!

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    Banana bars look delicious! Any idea idea of nutritional values per serving?

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    Jen Robinson says:

    I never knew the english word from Goji berries either but i’ve been eating them since i was little because there is a chinese dish that my mother always makes with them- i have always just known them by their chinese name!!

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    Oooh those bars look amazing! Do you think I could sub ground chia seeds for flax? I typically prefer chia seeds as opposed to flax and always have massive amounts of chia seeds in my apartment much to the amusement of my family and friends. Who constantly joke about getting me a chia pet!!

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    Your no-bake bars are so purdy — I think they’d make great holiday gifts =]

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    I want to sleep in your kitchen and wake up to these baking adventures! These are definitely bookmarked. ;)

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    Those look yummy :-)

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    These look delicious! Im going to make them when I get some free time (Im also currently studying for a biochem exam) Do you think they would freeze well?

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    I love healthy and portable food. I make time on Sundays to prep food for the week and these bars will be great for after workout breakfast for the rest of the week. Thanks.

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    ooooh yummo! These look wonderful!!! Great job!

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    I envy you for being so creative with your baking! I think I’m pretty good making interesting meals, but not so much with the baked goods- your bars look so good, I might have to take a page from your book! :)

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    Yes, yes, yes! I knew from the title they would be amazing, but now that I looked at the ingredients I am super excited to try them out. I LOVE spelt flour and every time I bake I buy more. So now I have massive amounts of spelt flour and a perfect recipe to use it up. :)

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    Great recipe! I bet kids would love them too! I love it when experiments turn out well!!

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    Wow – Great recipes! I can’t wait to try them out soon.

    -Erika :-D

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    I made the Almond Butter Banana Breakfast bars today (but subbed sunflower seed butter because I was out of A.B.). They are awesome! I can’t keep cutting off little slices from the pan!

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    these were tasty! gonna try the recipe myself so i can have more!

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    I was curious about nutritionals too! These look so good Anne, way to go! I can’t wait to make them!

    Here’s stats for 10 bars:
    206.7 cals
    6.6 grams fat
    0 grams cholesterol
    187.7 grams sodium
    33.6 grams carbs
    14 grams sugars
    5.6 grams fiber
    3.6 grams protein

    Here’s stats for 12 bars:
    172.2 cals
    5.5 grams fat
    0 grams cholesterol
    156.4 grams sodium
    28.03 grams carbs
    11.6 grams sugars
    4.7 grams fiber
    3 grams protein

    I used mydailyplate.com

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    seriously delicious. made them this afternoon, and it smelled like fall in my kitchen! i’m gonna eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, pre-workout, post-workout… thanks Anne :)

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    I would love to make the almond bars (anything with Almond butter and I am sold) but I am curious, what size pan do you use for these? I can’t tell by your picture, is it an 8×8 or 13×9?

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    These look great! One of my friends is going vegan so I’d love to ship him some of these, but I’m wondering how long they would last if not refrigerated?

    Do you know?

    Thanks!

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    I made these this morning, and I must say, they are phenomenal. The entire process, from mixing, to baking, to eating, was splendid. The aroma of the kitchen filled with the scent of spices (I added cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice). I also used whole wheat flour instead of cinnamon and used butter syrup for lack of the real stuff, but it still came out amazing! The texture was soft and it came out super dark brown, but it was delicious. I added fruit juice-soaked raisins to the batter and it added a natural sweetness that would have lacked with just the syrup. I cut it into about 48 bars to share with my friends and professors at the university, and they all agreed it was delicious. This is seriously a winning recipe. And vegan! I can share it with my mentor/PhD student! Honestly, this recipe has accomplished everything. Thanks for sharing it! (I’ll post up pictures and an actual write-up on my blog soon!)

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    I just stocked up on almond butter so I’m totally making these! Do you think I could use agave instead of maple syrup?

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