Gluten Free Vegan Breakfast Bars Recipe
I am a big fan of bars; not the kind you belly up to, the kind you eat. I am especially fond of bars for breakfast. There is many a day that I need something I can just grab and go. If I spend a little time in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday it makes the rest of my week start off a lot quicker.
These particular breakfast bars are a little naughty and a lot nice. Nice because they are packed full of gluten free oats, heart-healthy nuts and seeds, freeze dried fruit, and coconut milk. They are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and vegan. The naughty comes from the addition of some dark chocolate; but just a little naughty since there are some major health benefits to eating just a bit of dark chocolate (not to mention some major taste benefits!)
This is a versatile recipe you can change up to suit your own preferences; I added sliced almonds, roasted pumpkin seeds, Crunchies freeze dried Very Berry Mix, and of course some dark chocolate chips. I sweetened it up with agave but you can also use maple syrup. Nut free? Just add more seeds instead. Don’t want the chocolate? Leave it out. Prefer freeze dried mangos or pineapple; feel free to change it up!
The trick to these bars is grease up your baking pan well, really press that mixture into the pan, and bake them for an hour at a low temperature. It also helps to let the bars cool completely in the pan before removing them, they stay together better that way.
These are a tasty way to start you day and for some even better news, they just seem to keep getting better and better after they bake so you can make up a batch and eat them all week.