Vegan Energy Bars

I make a batch of these whenever I travel, then take some with me. They are compact and chock full of goodness, perfect for on the plane or on the go. You can play around with the fruits, nuts and grains, but this has a bit of just about everything. They seem to taste great no matter what combination you use.

They are also great for snacks or for when you need a quick burst of energy. A friend likes to have one after work and before her workout class.

Recipe: Vegan Energy Bars

1 cup oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup dried strawberries or cherries
1/2 cup soy flour
1/4 cup candied ginger
1/2 cup almonds

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
3 TBS flaxseed meal
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup maple syrup*

Blend the dry fruits, nuts and grains together in small batches in a blender, in the order listed. Combine dry and sticky ingredients, so that when you blend them, they will become ground into a coarse meal, and not just a powder or a sticky clump.

For example, blend the oats and cranberries together. Then blend the macadamia nuts and dates.

Dump them into a large bowl as you finish blending each batch. Stir to evenly mix everything.

Add the remaining ingredients. Use your hands to mix thoroughly. The mixture will become moist and sticky.

Press firmly into a 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Let cool. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator if you live in a humid area.

*Note: You could probably substitute agave nectar or honey for the maple syrup, although I haven’t tried that yet.

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