Packed with good stuff, these delicious vegan energy bars are a perfect pick-me-up when you're in need of a boost. With nuts, seeds, oats, banana, beetroot and berries - their chewy texture and sweet flavour will keep you going until dinnertime!
We all need an energy boost from time to time, don't we. And whether that's due to a long, hard gym session, exhausting kids or just one of those days when everything feels like hard work, these pretty pink vegan energy bars are here to help.
Packed with banana, oats, seeds, nuts, beetroot and berries, these are easy to make from 100% good stuff and taste great too.
📝 What you need
- Mixed berries (blackcurrants, blueberries and redcurrants work well - fresh or frozen)
- Plant milk
- Maple syrup
- Nuts (I used almonds and hazelnuts)
- Seeds (I used linseeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
Blender or food processor For blitzing and chopping ingredients here I used my Breville Active Compact Food Processor which at £30 is a bargain and really handy for all sorts of small chopping and blending jobs in the kitchen. Or sometimes I will get out my Magimix Pro Food Processor which has three different sized bowls for any size job. (This one was a gift for review from Magimix some years ago, but I'm a big fan and haven't ever been paid to say so!)
Baking Tin This 20cm square loose-based tin by Lakeland would be ideal and easy to get the energy bars out of once cooked. I have quite a few Lakeland cake tins and they are sturdy and very durable. You will see from the photos that I used my nifty adjustable cake tin which is so handy for making cakes and traybakes of all sorts and sizes.
❄️ Freezing and Storing
These energy bars don't have a particularly long shelf-life as they have so many fresh and moist ingredients. So, I tend to keep 2-3 in the fridge then freeze the remaining bars in an airtight container.
I then just get out a couple and let them defrost in the fridge for snacks for a day or two.
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Vegan Energy Bars with beetroot & berries
- 1 large beetroot cooked and peeled
- 2 bananas
- 175 g oats
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 100 g nuts (I used a mixture of almonds and hazelnuts)
- 70 g nuts roughly chopped (I used a mixture of almonds and hazelnuts)
- 70 g mixed berries (fresh or frozen - blackcurrants, blueberries or redcurrants work well)
- 45 g oats
- 50 g seeds (I used a mixture of linseeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp plant milk (oat, soya or nut)
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4.
- Prepare the bottom layer - in a blender or food processor, blitz the bananas to a purée then tip into a bowl.
- Blitz the cooked beetroot and add to the banana.
- Blitz the oats then add to the bowl then do the same with the nuts.
- Finally, add the maple syrup, stir well until fully combined.
- Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin (or approximately similar size) with greaseproof paper or baking parchment, and spread the mixture evenly over the bottom of the tin. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside.
- Roughly chop the nuts for the top layer, (I prefer to do this by hand rather than in a food processor as you want them to stay fairly chunky).
- Tip into a bowl and add the berries, oats and seeds.
- Add the maple syrup and plant milk to the bowl, mix well to combine then spread evenly over the bottom layer.
- Return to the oven for a further 12-15 minutes until starting to turn golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave in the tin to cool. Then slice into individual bites or bars and enjoy!
For more energy bar ideas, check out these recipes from blogger friends:
- Fruity Banana Breakfast Bars from Anne's Kitchen