These vegan peanut butter bars are packed with flavor and nutrition.
There are so many nutrition bars brands out there, many of which boast pure, organic ingredients and a glowing nutritional profile. Even so, nothing beats the potential of what you make in the comfort of your own kitchen. You not only have full control of what goes into your treats but also derive so much more satisfaction with each and every bite. This peanut butter bars recipe is something you’ll surely be proud of, especially when you begin to tweak the add-ins with your custom preferences.
Instead of refined white flour and sugar, the recipe calls for gluten-free oats and lower-glycemic coconut palm sugar. The recipe also nixes eggs and milk in favor of flaxseeds and coconut milk. Meanwhile, the peanut butter provides a to-die-for density that will fill you up after just one serving.
Once you master this peanut butter bars recipe, begin to have fun with the add-ins. Replace the raisins with roughly chopped peanuts, dark chocolate chips, carob chips, or dried cranberries. You can also make each bar that more delicious with the addition of a sauce, such as a vegan caramel glaze or vegan white chocolate.
Vegan Peanut Butter Oat Bars
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup natural peanut butter (no added oil)
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8 or 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
Add 1 cup of the oats and flax seeds into a food processor and process until the mixture resembles flour. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until evenly combined. In a separate bowl, stir together the peanut butter, palm sugar, coconut milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well combined. Fold in the raisins.
Scoop the dough into the baking dish and use a spatula to spread the mixture and even out the edges. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before cutting into bars and serving
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