These no-bake monster energy bars are gluten-free, oil-free, and totally vegan. They have been a great breakfast on-the-go and as a pre-bedtime snack time!
I’ve made a few different versions of this bar before now… and I finally feel good about sharing it with the great big world, and I can’t wait to hear how you like it!!
So please, if you try and like it, let me in the comments below!
As a vegan mom, I know all the concerns that non-vegans have about the health of vegan kids. I’ll never forget, I’d been vegan a few months only, and a well-meaning but forward friend began warning me of all the deficiencies my kids could develop being raised vegan. I am not upset, she was well-meaning, and the concern is valid. But as a very health conscious mom, (maybe too health conscious, I’ve benefited from loosening up a bit!) I have to give myself the credit due – my kids are healthy, their well-visits and vital nutrient levels are wonderful, never lacking, and their growth is right on track. My kids are thriving in their plant-based lifestyle, as I am. It feels awesome!
So without tooting my own horn, I think there is a time and a place for every mom to stop and acknowledge what a good job she really IS doing! You hear that mama? Good job!
That being said, if you’re a new vegan mom, you go girl! But please please do educate yourself on some of the key nutrients you will want to pay close attention to within your vegan kid’s diet. Namely, Vitamin D, B12, Iron, Calcium, and Omega 3 for brain development. When you are aware and pay attention to a make sure you’re adding in foods/supplementing appropriately, you’re doing a great job. I know you already are.
These no-bake monster energy bars are loaded with good stuff! Flax or chia for the omegas, pumpkin seeds and raisins for calcium and iron, oats for selenium, nut butter for ALL the above, really… these bars are awesome. And they’re delicious. They don’t last long in our house!
No-Bake Monster Energy Bars
1 Cup Peanut Butter (Or other nut butter!)
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 Cup Raisins
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips, dairy-free
1 Cup Vegan Brown Rice Crisps (we loooove this kind, but any type of dry rice cereal will do, really)
2 Tbs Ground Flax or Chia
1 1/2 Cups Rolled or Quick Oats
1/2 Cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix the nut butter, agave nectar, and vanilla together first and mix them well. Then Add everything else! You can make this recipe in a food processor, and just pulse it a few times until mixed. But I prefer to wash my hands thoroughly and then alternate stirring the mixture with a fork and kneading it with my hands to evenly distribute all the ingredients.
I then line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and firmly press the mixture into the pan. Cover and Refrigerate for about 2-4 hours before eating, for bars that hold together nicely.
That is, unless you’ve already eaten the mixture straight out of the bowl… we are guilty of this. 🙂
So basically, I whip these bars up quickly when my kids lie down for naps, and they’re perfect for when they wake up, or even better (because they’ve chilled longer) for a bedtime snack! That’s my favorite.
These are delicious paired with this powerhouse beverage –>> Immune Boosting Turmeric Ginger Latte (oil-free)