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Chewy Cranberry Crunch Energy Bars

chewy cranberry crunch energy bars

These bars have a crunchy, sweet and creamy thing going on that was totally inspired by an energy bar I found at Home Goods. Yes, of all places.

I swore I would re-create that energy bar at home one day, and I finally did. Of course, I added my own flare to it and came up with what I call an adult version of a rice crispy treat that will give your teeth a workout. But in a good way! I really do like to chew. Most vegans still do ;)

Pre-packaged protein bars can really break the bank after a while. Not to mention they have a long list of ingredients especially that whatchamacallit ingredient that happens to still be vegan, but not ideal. I’m growing tired of falling into that trap, so I’ve been on a mission to make so many things at home this year. I’m saving money and I’m in control of the ingredients.

Ya know, most of the stuff is SO EASY to make. It’s a shame we all got duped. It really is.  Sometimes I wish I lived among friendly vegan neighbors who all made their own stuff with simple ingredients and we all swapped. There are quite a few things to make at home but you just can’t do it all at once. I’m noooo Martha. I guess I’ll keep dreaming because it seems to me the only thing some neighbors swap… are partners… bah dun dun dun if you know what I mean. Aaand we ain’t goin’ there. Ever.

Because I’m making my own everything these days, I have to tackle the mindset just like I do each grocery trip, where I try something new I haven’t tried before. This is the same way I transitioned into veganism… each week I tried a new vegan recipe until I had so many that I liked, I couldn’t even keep count. Now, each week I intend to make something homemade rather than buy pre-made and so far I have tackled a lot!

I say, just put your mind to it and walk in that direction. Intention draws experiences toward you and builds momentum. When you put your mind to the fact that you will be vegan, vegan people, places, things start showing up for you. Then before you know it, 8 years go by. It’s pretty amazing.

About this chunky crunchy energy bar…

I soaked my almonds just because those can be tougher to chew when raw, plus I leave them whole in this recipe. I left the millet unsoaked because I wanted insane crunch. And insane crunch I got.

I don’t have but a few taste testers. My husband gave these an enthusiastic thumbs up. Just looking at the picture makes me want to make these again. I only really share successful recipes, but everyone has their own tastes and opinions.

Definitely let me know about your experience with this recipe. I also want to hear about the things you are making at home instead of spending oodles of cash on at Whole Foods.

Please share!

chewy cranberry crunch energy bars

Chewy Cranberry Crunch Energy Bars

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Almonds (Soaked Overnight)
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Millet (I didn’t soak these. I wanted the extreme crunch)
  • 1 Cup Rice Puffs  – (I used Enjoy Life’s brand Crunchy Rice)
  • 1 Scoop Garden of Life- Raw Protein Powder, Vanilla flavor
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Butter Melted (30 seconds in the nuker will do it)
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 Tbs Brown Rice Syrup
  • 3 Tbs Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Tbs Raw Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
  • 2 Tbs Sunflower Seeds

Directions

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Line your pre-sectioned brownie pan with saran wrap and pour mixture into each square. I layer another sheet of saran wrap over everything and press the mixture into the pan using my hands, this way my fingers don’t get stuck to the sticky bars. They also pop out easier. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. These bars need to stay refrigerated or cold until ready to eat, to keep their shape.

Enjoy

Christa

~The Karmatarian

 

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