no-bake recipe

The #1 Vegan Energy Bar Recipe

If you need a healthy, energy boosting recipe that tastes amazing you just found it! Jam packed with hormone balancing seeds and dense nutrition these bars are mine (and my husbands) go to quick bite on the run. Or just a nice healthy treat with a cup of tea. I found the recipe in the Oh She Glows cookbook by Angela Liddon, my favourite vegan cookbook. I’m not a vegan but try to our limit the amount of animal protein in our house and these are definitely #husbandapproved. He’s alway asking me to whip up a batch for his work week.

Try it out, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram #theglowgetter so I can see what you’ve been up to.

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Classic Glo Bar recipe (makes 12 bars)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Freeze time: 10 minutes

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 1⁄4 cups rice crisp cereal
1⁄4 cup hemp seeds
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1⁄2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, brown rice syrup
1⁄4 cup roasted peanut butter or almond butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup mini non-dairy chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand) (optional)

Directions
1. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with two pieces of parchment paper (one going each way).

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, rice crisp cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt and mix.

3. In a small saucepan, stir together the brown rice syrup and peanut butter until well combined. Cook over medium to heat until the mixture softens and bubbles slightly, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture, using a spatula to scrape every last bit out of the pan. Stir well with a large metal spoon until all of the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture. (The resulting mixture will be very thick and difficult to stir. If you get tired, just picture me making five hundred of these bars in a row, and you’ll feel better!) If using the chocolate chips, allow the mixture to cool slightly before folding in the chips. This will prevent them from melting.

5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, spreading it out into an even layer. Lightly wet your hands and press down on the mixture to even it out. Use a pastry roller to compact the mixture firmly and evenly. This helps the bars hold together better. Press down on the edges with your fingers to even out.

6. Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 10 minutes, or until firm.

7. Lift the oat square out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles, and place it on a cutting board. With a pizza roller (or a serrated knife), slice the square into 6 rows and then slice them in half to make 12 bars total.

8. Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap or foil and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can store them in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Tip: To make the bars nut-free, substitute sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter. Look for lightly sweetened sunflower seed butter, such as by Sunbutter, because unsweetened sunflower seed butter can have a bitter aftertaste.