This vegan red lentil granola bar recipe is packed with protein, fiber, and flavor! These make a satisfying on-the-go snack or breakfast, and you can’t taste the lentils, I promise. They’re vegan, too!
I know what you’re thinking – lentils in a granola bar?! But stick with me here – I promise you can’t taste them. Official fANNEtastic food taste testers (aka my mom and Matt) have confirmed this statement. 🙂
Turns out lentils are really good in granola bars – they add satisfying protein (and fiber) without affecting the flavor! These came out nice and moist, too. I whipped up a batch of these a few weeks ago and loved having them on hand for my travel to Oregon – they made a really satisfying plane snack and breakfast!
Besides the lentils, other nutritional all-stars in this recipe include almond butter, walnuts, and ground flaxseed (love that healthy fat), whole wheat/spelt flour and oats (fiber-tastic), and dried tart cherries (antioxidants FTW). The only sweetener is a little pure maple syrup – and some cinnamon to add flavor. Eat up!
You can use dry lentils and boil them quickly before mixing with the rest of the ingredients, or, to speed up this easy recipe even more, just use a standard size can of pre-cooked lentils. Either way works! Just mix all the ingredients together, throw into a pan, and bake. Easy!
I recommend slicing the bars into various sizes (so you can grab a bigger or smaller one depending on hunger), wrapping individually in foil, and storing in the fridge so they last longer. Let me know how you like them! Here’s the recipe.
Have you ever tried adding lentils to baked goods? Feel free to share recipe links! I bet they would be good in brownies, too… I know black beans are!