Plant-Based Warrior Bars


Snacking can do one of a few things – nourish and fuel your body between meals, or fill it with empty calories and leave you feeling hungry shortly afterwards. Naturally, we’re fans of snacking on real food that is highly nourishing and satisfying. One of our very favorite snacks is this Warrior Bar recipe, loaded with plant-based proteins.

Recipe for Warrior Bars

This recipe is from our Fresh Start: A 21-Day Plant-Based Cleanse. It’s become a staple in our home. We love it so much, we make a batch even when we aren’t following the cleanse!

Most store-bought granola bars are loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats. They may taste great, but they’re essentially a candy bar based on the amount of sugar and processed ingredients.

Warrior Bars

When I started drinking green smoothies and embracing a plant-based diet, I wanted to find a better alternative to the store-bought grocery store ones. My Warrior Bars give you energy for miles and are chock-full of healthy whole grains, nuts, and seeds. I’ve naturally sweetened them with bananas and dried fruit.

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We. love. these. bars. They’re a sustaining and yummy snack that’s super portable and full of nutrition (if you have green smoothies for breakfast, then this snack is perfect for holding you over until lunch).

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My fav thing is probably how easy they are to modify based on your personal preferences. For example, I like to swap out the raisins for dried blueberries. Or swap the pepitas for extra sliced almonds.

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Interested in eating more plant-based meals to lose weight and gain energy? Check out our 21-day whole foods plant-based cleanse, Fresh Start.

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Plant-Based Warrior Bars

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 bars 1x
  • Category: snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These delicious, wholesome Plant-Based Warrior Bars will give you the energy get stuff done while nourishing your body with plant-based protein such as good-for-you nuts and seeds.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds (+ 6 tbs water)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit
  • 2 cups mashed banana (super ripe)
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla bean, scraped)
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Grease or line 8 inch square baking dish with parchment (baking) paper.
  3. Soak chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine the chia seeds and remaining ingredients in a bowl.
  5. Press the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Slice into 8 bars.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Keywords: homemade granola bars

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 1.25.2019 | COMMENTS: 19

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  1. Ella says:

    Really really good!
    I added a little bit date syrup since it wasn’t wet enough.
    But turned out great!

  2. Leni says:

    I can’t have almonds 🙁 are we able to substitute the almond meal and almond slices for another type of flour or nut?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Leni! You can sub any other raw nut you prefer, for example, cashews, hazelnuts or walnuts. The same goes for almond meal- you can sub another nut meal, such as walnut meal, or even a seed meal, such as finely ground sunflower seeds. 🙂

  3. Dylan Schack says:

    Any substitutions of sunflower seeds?

  4. Rebekah Lara says:

    These are one of my favorite snacks and SGS recipe! I love that I can make these with very little plastic packaging waste.

  5. Perdita says:

    Hi, these bars look great! Can we substitute for the banana?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Perdita,

      You can substitute the banana for canned pumpkin or apple sauce. The canned pumpkin would be best for helping to bind it together plus with fall coming the pumpkin would be delicious!

  6. SHEILA BETH LANGLAIS says:

    Excellent…. easy to make. Even my husband loves them. I won’t buy store bars again! Thank you for teaching me how to make these yummy bars. I used dried pineapple in my first batch. Oh so GOOD. Can’t wait to experiment with different fruits.
    A+++++ TOTALLY RECOMMEND!

  7. sheila says:

    Love this!!
    I am hooked on a coconut bar (store bought). After making these I don’t think I will ever eat any store bought again. I did my research and the sugar amount in the store bought is insane. These are really great to grab and go for busy people like me.

    Not only being a Rawkstar has given me great recipes it has also taught me to look at the junk I have been eating. Everything (it seems) on the shelves are just full of sugar. So I have learned a lot from this program. Thank you to Jen and the gang!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Sheila,

      Wow you comment just put the biggest smile on my face! I am so happy to hear that you are not only enjoying the benefits of eating health but you are also taking away so much more. You are truly absorbing everything and putting it to the test. That is what Rawk the Year is all about. Not only providing you with the recipes but also educating you on how important it is to fuel your body.

  8. D.S. says:

    Super easy to make! They taste great- not too sweet. I made them while prepping veg & smoothie kits for the week. Love that they’re vegan and gluten free!

  9. Dani Mitchell says:

    Dang! This recipe is soooo good! At first I was like— wow, that’s a lot of ingredients… BUT in reality it tastes so good and it makes a ton of bars. I am hooked! Thanks for sharing this recipe— I think it’s time i give up store bought bars with all that extra sugar.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Dani!

      So glad that you love this recipe so much! It really is delicious and my kids prefer these over store bought bars any day 🙂

  10. Amy says:

    Is there something I can use other than bananas? Too much banana leaves me feeling nauseous. Or will it affect the recipe if I leave the banana out?

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