Delicious healthy no whey vegan granola bars

Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian

As promised to many of my friends that have asked for this recipe, here it is below! I personally think the last batch made with black beans actually taste much better so I’d recommend it over the red bean (though the red bean packs more protein).


  • 1-pound can of red or black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1.5 cups cooked beans)
  • ¼ cup of ground flax seed mixed with ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
  • ¼ cup banana
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • 1 cup cocoa or vegan protein powder
  • 1 cup chopped nuts / whatever stir-ins you’d like

Combine beans, ground flax with water, agave nectar/honey, banana, cinnamon and salt in a bowl, and blend until smooth with a hand blender. You could always throw this all into a blender as well but I found the hand blender less messy with fewer bowls used!


Add the oats and dry base ingredients and combine with spatula.  Add your choice of stir-ins (I used dried cherries in mine) and combine.  If the consistency isn’t spreadable (too dry), add 1/4 cup of water; (too runny), add an additional 1/4 cup of the cocoa or protein powder.

Grease a 13×9 pan with baking spray or rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread this mixture into the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, wait until they’ve cooled down and cut! I found these could freeze quite well so they’ll keep well if you’d like to batch bake. Here’s what it looked like on the cooling rack.

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Rough nutritional value according to MyFitnessPal’s database, cutting into 16 pieces (per serving):

Calories: 109

Total fat: 1.1g

Sodium: 83g

Potassium: 87g

Carbs: 21g

Protein: 4 (I didn’t put protein powder in mine)



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