Vegan No-Bake Granola Bars

These little gems were created during my 30 Days to Vegan Eating program. I developed my own recipe after tasting a no bake bar made by fabulous cookbook author Terri Walters. I have since shared them with countless friends who quickly fell under their delicious spell and now they BEG for more! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavored extracts, nuts, dried fruits or types of rolled grains!  They will be loved by adults and kids alike! The possibilities are endless.

2 cups Whole Rolled Oats
1 cup ground flax seed (or almond meal, or leave both out)
1 cup cashew butter
1/3 cup barley malt syrup
1/3 cup brown rice syrup OR Maple Syrup if you want them sweeter
3 tsp vanilla
½ cup cacao nibs (optional)
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup slivered almonds
½ cup raisins

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Press into a 12x9 parchment paper lined pan.
Place another piece of parchment on top and press the mixture firmly into the dish
until evenly spread (I used a rolling pin for this step!). Refrigerate for 2 hrs and cut
into bars. Wrap with parchment and tie with string! Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Scroll down for various flavor/ingredient substitutions.

* try these special concoctions!

Ginger Snap: substitute Barley Malt for Molasses and add 1 - 2 tsp ground ginger
Ginger - Almond : substitute dried fruit for crystalized ginger and cashew butter
                               for almond butter
Pistacio- Cherry : substitute raisins for cherries and almonds for pistacios
Pineapple - Cashew : substitute dried pineapple for raisins & cashews for almonds