Raw "Beegan" Granola Bars

Happy Friday Friends! I hope you have awesome plans for this first weekend of spring! If you live in the Northeast, I'm sorry for all the snow that you are getting. 

I had every intention of getting this recipe to you by Thursday but then life got in the way. Our week was consumed with busy days at work, big decisions to make, and a sick husband. I planned to work on the post last night so it would be waiting for you Friday morning but I went on a cleaning spree when I got home from work (I absolutely refuse to catch what my hubby has) and then proceeded to remain in a comatose state until this morning. 

So here's the recipe a couple days later than planned. Sorry! 

These granola bars are so good, so easy to make, and so healthy.  They are packed with nutrition and whole food ingredients. I make a batch of them and keep them in the freezer. My husband will grab one on his way out the door in the morning and I like to keep some at work to have for a mid morning snack. I've also had friends tell me that they snack on one at night in place of dessert. They will keep you feeling full and satisfied from all the fiber found in the flaxseed and oats. They are naturally sweetened from the banana and a touch of honey. 

So why are they called "beegan"? Up until last year, I did not know that vegans don't consume honey because it is technically an animal product. I have a vegan friend who explained to me that some vegans do consume honey but they are considered "beegans" :) If you wanted to make these bars truly vegan you could probably use agave nectar, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup. 

Raw "Beegan" Granola Bars

Makes 12 bars

1 ripe banana

2 cup oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup raisins

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup honey (substitute with maple syrup or honey to make them truly vegan)

1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, mash banana well. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.

3. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread evenly into pan using the back of a spoon or an offset spatula to smooth mixture. Place pan in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Take pan out of freezer. Remove mixture from pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into 12 even bars. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.