Things I have been cooking lately #127: Sugar free, vegan energy bars

One of the philosophies I have been trying to embody with my recent healthy living kick is to avoid processed food and to cut back on sugar, especially unnecessary added sugar which often appears in processed food. This does mean than grabbing portable, quick food on the go can be a bit of a challenge, especially for breakfast. That’s where these bars come in. They have no added sugar, they’re vegan, they’re wheat-free and they are delicious! They’re also packed with fibre and healthy fats and will give you a great energy boost first thing in the morning or just before a workout.


Sugar free, vegan energy bars

250g porridge oats
75g dried cranberries
40g sunflower seeds
40g pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
60g coconut oil (or butter if you don’t have coconut oil but obviously then they’re no longer vegan)
2 overipe bananas

Preheat your oven to 200 C (or 180 C for a fan oven). Grease and line a medium baking dish with grease proof paper.

In a large bowl mix together the oats, cranberries, seeds and cinnamon.

Put the coconut oil (or butter) in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Pour the coconut oil into the oats mixture and stir until everything is well coated.

Mash up the bananas and then add them to the oats mixture. Squish everything together. (I do this by hand… it’s very satisfying). Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish firmly.

Bake for 25 minutes and then leave to cool completely in the baking dish. Otherwise it will fall apart. Once cold cut into 24 squares.

Makes 12 – 263 calories per square


  1. This looks sooo good, and I’m trying to incorporate some healthier snack options into my diet so this might just do the trick. Thanks for sharing!

    1. abbiosbiston

      They make an excellent snack on the go.

  2. Yum. What a great idea. thanks, Abbi.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’m addicted. They’re my new quick breakfast.

  3. Yay! More healthy goodness. šŸ™‚

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’m having lots of fun with the healthy options.

  4. These look and sound really good. I’m going to give them a try!

    1. abbiosbiston

      Let me know how it goes! šŸ˜Š

  5. I can’t say that I will ever make these, but dang, girl, they sound so good!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I have started experimenting with new flavours! Tonight cherry and coconut!

  6. These looks delicious.

    1. abbiosbiston

      They’re great for a snack and surprisingly sweet with no added sugar.

  7. Yum. I’ve made a similar dessert, more cookie than bar but with many of the same ingredientes, and loved it!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I gave my friend the recipe and she adapted it to make cookies. Oats are so versatile!

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