Chocolate Almond Vegan Granola Bars

Chocolate Almond Vegan Granola Bars

A quick and easy chocolate almond vegan granola bar recipe perfect for snacking or dessert! Vegan and can be made gluten-free.

I’ve always struggled with finding the perfect vegan granola bar recipe. I can bake a cake or cookie, like nobody’s business, but the perfect vegan granola bars still proved to be a struggle. I wanted a perfect combination of easy, no bake, and ready to throw together. I don’t usually have a ton of nuts and dried fruits on hand in my pantry, so I wanted something I usually have (chocolate, always) and packs a little protein punch (almonds, FTW). I also didn’t want them to be overly sweet or complicated, so I think the short seven ingredient list hits the nail right on the head.

I will say these homemade granola bars require some chill time, but honestly, it was super easy to make these, freeze for a few hours and then cut them up before popping them into a bag. I really needed something that was going to break my chips and salsa every day after work addiction, and these chocolate almond vegan granola bars did just the trick! (more…)

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An easy and filling ultimate vegan avocado toast topped with crispy split peas! Perfect for breakfast or a simple, hearty snack.

This post is sponsored by USA Pulses and Pulses Canada. Thanks for supporting the brands that make this space possible!

This is me, the self-proclaimed avocado hater (yep, I do. not. like them.) telling you that I’ve finally found something with avocado that I actually like. It’s true! Honestly, I’ve always been an avocado hater, they are too squishy and green for my taste and if they are on a warm sandwich? Forget it! Nope, not interested. But, once I figured out that you could smash a small amount of avocado on toast and mix all kinds of fun toppings with it (like crispy split peas), I started to change my tune.

An easy and filling ultimate vegan avocado toast topped with crispy split peas! Perfect for breakfast or a simple, hearty snack.

For my once in a blue moon avocado toast (I’m still warming up to it!), I usually go avocado, salt, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce. Simple, doesn’t take too much like avocado and usually keeps me full for a few hours until it’s time for second breakfast. But, I needed to come up with something with a little more staying power and fiber, to keep me full when I’m trying to power through a full day of work or out and about on a weekend. The perfect mix in and topping to solve this ended up being.split peas! I really don’t use split peas enough at all, forgetting about them most of the time until I need a batch for a soup recipe, but they ended up being a perfect topping for my new favorite avocado toast. The trick with this recipe is to prep the night before, with soaking the beans and then making them crispy right before stirring into the avocado mixture for your toast.

An easy and filling ultimate vegan avocado toast topped with crispy split peas! Perfect for breakfast or a simple, hearty snack.

I love that this is one more way to reach the Half-Cup Habit goal of adding ½ cup serving of pulses to your diet just three times a week! Split peas are part of the pulse family (in addition to beans, chickpeas and lentils) and are full of fiber and nutrients that keep me full until it’s time for second breakfast/early lunch. Coming from an avocado hater, that’s a pretty tall order to get me to love avocado toast.

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Crispy Split Pea Avocado Toast

  • Author: Heart of a Baker
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

An easy and filling ultimate vegan avocado toast topped with crispy split peas! Perfect for breakfast or a simple, hearty snack. 


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup green split peas
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 piece whole wheat bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, cover the split peas with water. Let soak for at least 2 hours before making the avocado toast. 
  2. After the split peas have soaked, heat a small skillet with the olive oil over medium high heat. 
  3. Drain the split peas and add them to the preheated pan. Saute until crispy, about 3-5 minutes. 
  4. While split peas are cooking, toast the bread and scoop out the avocado. Mash the avocado in a small bowl and stir in the red pepper flakes and salt/pepper to taste.
  5. Stir half of the split pea mixture into the avocado mixture. Spread on the toast and top with remaining split peas.

 

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