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Vegan No Bake Granola Bars + This Week In Food And Sustainability: 11/15/2015 – 11/22/2015

vegan no bake granola bars with dried cranberries and dark chocolate // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #granolabars

I’ve been told that people can hear my voice when they read the blog. Which is funny because when I look for it, I have no idea where it is. Or what it is, for that matter. I’ve been trying to find it for years in the hopes that one day, my voice will just magically appear and every time I sit down to write, words- beautiful, funny, charming ones- will pour out of my fingertips. But that is not how real life works.

I look to others- friends, bloggers, publications- for inspiration. It’s a bit unfair, really, because I seem to have a roster of incredibly clever and witty friends. My friends Rachel and Margaret– both so clever and eloquent- each started blogs a while back and even though they haven’t updated in ages, I still like to visit their sites. My boyfriend’s mom, Sheena, is by profession a writer and is so good at what she does. As for other bloggers, Laura from The First Mess, Ashlae from Oh, Ladycakes, Sarah from My New Roots, and Joanna from A Cup Of Jo (and SO many others!) come to mind. They’re so fun to read.

At the end of the day, I know that “my voice” can only come from one place: me. I just need to be patient and take the time to listen to what needs, or wants, to be said. No forcing it.

This week in food and sustainability:

vegan no bake granola bars with dried cranberries and dark chocolate // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #granolabars

Today I have for you some vegan no bake granola bars and a GIVEAWAY! Sonali from The Foodie Physician just published the Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and very kindly sent me a copy so I could try some recipes and host this fun giveaway for you. Sonali is a mom, physician, and graduate of culinary school and blogs over at The Foodie Physician. Talk about superwoman, right?

Now, I’m not pregnant nor do I plan on having a bunch of little babes running around here any time soon, but the cookbook is filled with sound nutritional advice and recipes that are, mostly, quick and easy to make. There are several vegetarian recipes that are adaptable for a vegan diet, but a lot of the mains are meat and seafood dishes. Totally fine if you are an omnivore, but thought I would include that for my vegetarian and vegan friends out there :)

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post with your favourite granola bar flavour combination! 

vegan no bake granola bars with dried cranberries and dark chocolate // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #granolabars

vegan no bake granola bars with dried cranberries and dark chocolate // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #granolabars

When it came time to pick a recipe to share on the blog, I went for something snack-y because a.) I’m a snack monster who is always looking for a mid-day treat and b.) these are wonderfully easy and took me just five minutes of prep (!!!) before they went into the fridge to set. These vegan no bake granola bars were originally cherry and chocolate bars, but I decided to go the more festive route with dried cranberries. I also swapped out puffed rice for puffed millet and brown sugar for coconut sugar, since those are the ingredients I had in my pantry. They were super yummy and I’ve made myself put them away so I don’t eat the entire tray!

vegan no bake granola bars with dried cranberries and dark chocolate // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #granolabarsvegan no bake granola bars with dried cranberries and dark chocolate // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #granolabars

VEGAN NO BAKE GRANOLA BARS
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup puffed millet
  • 1/4 cup sliced/chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a 8×8 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (except the salt) together. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla together. Add the salt, whisk, and pour the liquid into the bowl to cover the granola mixture evenly.
  3. Transfer the granola mixture into the lined pan and press to firmly pack in the mixture. Place in the fridge and refrigerate for two hours. When the bars are ready, remove them from the pan and slice with a sharp knife. Store them in the fridge.

Your edible plant enthusiast,
Gen.

PS. Enter to win a copy of the Natural Pregnancy Cookbook simply by leaving a comment on this post with your favourite granola bar flavour combination! 

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24 Comments

  1. Farrah
    November 22, 2015

    Those no-bake granola bars look delicious! :]! I loved Sonali’s book!

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  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 23, 2015

    You know I love those crumbly perfect bars!!!
    And I think I so can hear your voice! How I imagine you, may not be true, but I get this good, chill, thoughtful vibe but you’re not timid to share and speak you opinion ;)

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 30, 2015

      Haha thank you Rebecca! That is kind of how I am in real life :P xo

      Reply
  3. Amy (Lemon and Coconut)
    November 23, 2015

    Genevieve, firstly, I love your voice! I know what you mean about finding it, I feel exactly the same way. So often I feel disheartened, I cringe at what I’m saying and feel other people express themselves so beautifully, and they do. But you have to stay true to who you are and what you want to say. Gratitude and Greens is a wonderful blog, a wonderful resource for the world, you should be very proud of it. There is no one way to express yourself. Also everyone’s voice evolves. We are a different person now than we will be in years to come in many ways. I think you are honest and brave and this post shows that too. :)

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    • genevieve y
      November 30, 2015

      Aw, thank you so much Amy! You made such wonderful points- thank you for reminding me xo

      Reply
  4. Margaret Welsh
    November 23, 2015

    Hahaa loving the little dig at how I never update my blog – I’ve got that piece on the wellness industry on the backburner, coming soon to a laptop near you!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 30, 2015

      Haha oh that’s only because I am so eagerly waiting for your next post!! I can’t wait! xo

      Reply
  5. Katrina
    November 23, 2015

    These look like the perfect work week snack! A good granola bar is the best!

    Reply
  6. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    November 23, 2015

    Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Genevieve! I’m so happy that you liked the book as well as the recipe. It looks like the bars came out great and I like the substitutions you made. I’ll have to try them next time with puffed millet :)

    Reply
  7. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
    November 23, 2015

    i loved Sonali’s book too and although im not pregnant or plan to get pregnant anytime soon, i enjoyed it. i always find your space and writing to be so engaging, hence im always stalking you :)

    Reply
  8. Natalia
    November 24, 2015

    What I like about this recipe is the fact that they are so simple to make and that are raw! Thank you, Gen, need to try them once(with buckwheat in place of millet;)

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    • genevieve y
      December 1, 2015

      Thank you Natalia! I bet toasted buckwheat would be a tasty replacement! xo

      Reply
  9. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    November 24, 2015

    I agree with whoever said that they can hear your voice when they read your blog. I love reading your posts. And I can pick out your voice and your photographic style when I see it on other sites. Coincidentally, I just came over here from Ohmyveggies where I saw the pic of the granola bars and thought it looked like your work. Your voice and style probably seems less obvious to you because you are on the inside. You can’t see your writing, photos, or work from an outside perspective, luckily for me, I can <3. These granola bars sound so, so good. I wish I was munching on one right now. xoxo

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    • genevieve y
      December 1, 2015

      Awww thank you for your kind words, lady! You are the absolute sweetest. Now I’m off to check out those delicata squash bowls on your site… mmm!! xo

      Reply
  10. Linda | The Baker Who Kerns
    November 25, 2015

    These granola bars look so chewy and delicious! I definitely want to try putting puffed millet and flax seed in my granola bars. I have been on a routine of making granola bars at the start of every week once I realized how easy they are to make! Really looking forward to making a batch of these!

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    • genevieve y
      December 1, 2015

      Thank you so much Linda! All the credit for this recipe goes to Sonali, her cookbook has been very fun to cook through even though I’m not pregnant haha! Hope you like the bars xo

      Reply
  11. Liora (Allthingsloveli)
    November 28, 2015

    I can so agree with you here… I seem to also be so much more impressed with whatever other people can do! I am making an effort to look internally for inspiration rather than outside. I love the look of these granola bars, and I really enjoyed this post!

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    • genevieve y
      December 1, 2015

      Thank you Liora! And thank you for reminding me to look internally for inspiration. I don’t do that enough and it was a much needed reminder. xo

      Reply
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