Easy Vanilla Chip Buckwheat Bars are chewy with crispy edges, have tasty vanilla flavor flecked with chocolate, and will be your new favorite snack!
Easy Vanilla Chip Buckwheat Bars
Do you like snacks as much as we do?
I have a new snack recipe for you, and it is good.
Soft and chewy with crisp edges, these bars are good eats. Fragrant vanilla and melty pockets of chocolate make a great flavor combination. These Easy Vanilla Chip Buckwheat Bars are vegan, and made without oil.
For those with allergies, they are also naturally gluten free and nut free.
Packed with fiber and flavor, this quick and easy bar just may make its way into regular rotation. I have already made them twice in a very short time.
Portable, Quick and Easy Recipes For Fast Paced Life
These bars are a terrific portable snack. They also fall under the categories of Make Ahead, One Pan, and Under Ten Ingredients.
Pretty easy ingredients, too - I already had every ingredient available in my pantry except the buckwheat groats. Those were easy to find in the bulk area of several grocery stores near me, and you can also count on Bob to come through if needed.
a spabettie note on ingredients: Buckwheat groats are naturally gluten free, and are often a sub for pearl barley when making a recipe gluten free. The second time I made these bars, I used pearl barley - one cup barley for 3 cups water - and they were so very similar to the original recipe. If you do not need to be gluten free and happen to have a cup of pearl barley already on hand, these bars can be yours in about an hour!
Vegan Yack Attack On The Go!
This new favorite snack recipe comes from Jackie's second book, Vegan Yack Attack On The Go! - Plant Based Recipes for your Fast Paced Vegan Lifestyle. I have only had a short time with this book so far, but I can already tell it was a labor of love for my friend Jackie.
The recipes are fun, and the few that I have already tried? Super tasty good.
This book makes me want to go camping!
...or at least do more cooking outside.
But truly - I used to love camping and hiking, and can see how so many of these recipes fit into that sort of event - from the Foiled Strawberry French Toast to the Campfire Banana Splits, the recipes are portable and easy, and many can be made in advance.
To bring with you on that camping trip.
The "Food On The Move" chapter includes recipes like an Asparagus Omelet in a Bag, a bunch of recipes for Grill Packets, my favorite - Cheater Chilaquiles.
The "Meals In 30 Minutes or Less" section has all kinds of recipes if you are staying home - as Jackie says, in the time it takes to wait for a table at your favorite restaurant, one of the recipes in this chapter can be on your table.
Tasty goodness like Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers (those are GOOD - the first thing we tried!), Sheet Pan Squash Tacos, and Savory Puff Pastry Tartlets. There is a Hearty Skillet Cornbread I cannot wait to try, and a Party Nacho Platter that is happening soon as well.
As far as these Easy Vanilla Chip Buckwheat Bars go? I already tested and can highly recommend their portability - I made a batch to take on our vacation last month - they were appreciated on the nine hour overseas flight, for sure.
(tucked into my favorite Vegan Reversible Tote that is also great for travel...)
Now that we are back home from vacation, we will be working through the extensive list of recipes we have marked to try.
Like the Pumpkin Maple Donut Holes - those are definitely next. They include a Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce.
CONGRATS to Jackie for a job well done, again! I know I am going to love this book as much as your first. From someone who is always traveling and on the go, I appreciate the hard work and love that so obviously went into creating this book. THANK YOU.
Easy Vanilla Chip Buckwheat Bars
YIELD: 12 bars
dairy, egg, soy, oil, nut, and gluten free, vegan, one pan
1 cup (180 g) buckwheat groats
2 cups (475 ml) water
2 cups (230 g) gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup (130 g) pitted dates
¼ cup (60 ml) agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (160 g) vegan chocolate chips
½ cup (40 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC, or gas mark 4), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small pot, bring the buckwheat groats and water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook the grains for 5 to 7 minutes, uncovered, until tender. Strain off any excess liquid, allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
Place the buckwheat in a food processor with the oats, dates, agave nectar, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until the mixture is combined, and the oats and dates are slightly broken down.
Fold the chocolate chips and coconut into the bar mixture until evenly mixed, then spread the mixture out into a 9 x 12-inch (23 x 30-cm) rectangle, a ½-inch (1.25-cm) high. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut twelve 2.5 x 4-inch (6.25 x 10-cm) bars out of the rectangle without separating them.
Bake the bars for 30 minutes, then flip them, separating the bars at their perforations. Bake for 15 minutes until they begin to brown around the edges. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes for serving, or for 45 minutes before putting them into a container with a moisture absorbing packet.
Tip: Try adding a scoop (size may vary) of your favorite vegan protein powder to this recipe to bump up the protein content! Protein and snack bars are a lifesaver for me when traveling, but some are filled with all kinds of wild ingredients that are hard to recognize. Here, I have for you bars that are made with whole ingredients, travel easily, and are filling when hunger strikes.
Easy Vanilla Chip Buckwheat Bars recipe shared on spabettie with permission from Jackie Sobon and Vegan Yack Attack On The Go! © 2018 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. © 2018. First Published in 2018 by Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group
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ABOUT KRISTINA SLOGGETT: Kristina is spabettie! She founded spabettie in 2010 to share her vegetarian recipes. Vegetarian quickly became vegan.
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