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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There are plenty of reasons to watch March Madness, but I personally show up for the apps. Surprise, surprise. Filling out a bracket is a yearly ritual – and so is losing every single year. I always pick the wrong upsets because I just love a Cinderella team. But if I did it to win, I would’ve stopped by now. No, no. I do it for the apps! It’s impossible to watch multiple basketball games at once without proper sustenance. Please excuse me while I try (and fail) to avoid using sportsball puns in all of these recommendations. Enjoy!

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Vegan Lemon Cake

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A perfectly sweet and tart vegan lemon cake made with olive oil and frosted with a powdered sugar glaze. This is bound to be your new favorite dessert!

vegan lemon cake on a wire rack

Well, the obsession with lemon desserts continues! Like I’ve mentioned before, I am HERE for everything chocolate, boozy, and sweet, but there is just something about lemon desserts that always keeps me coming back for another slice.

Maybe it’s a mix of a sweet treat mixed with that tart tang of lemon, making me feel like I’m eating something refreshing and healthy-ish, even when it’s vegan lemon cake.  (more…)

Vegan Grapefruit Orange Cake

A vegan orange cake that is SO easy and delicious, you won’t believe it! No weird ingredients required, just all the good stuff and the BEST vegan orange cake with a super simple glaze.

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Guys. These long winter days have me feeling some type of way. It’s not that I don’t love February, but there’s something about constant darkness, frigid temps, and knee-deep snow that has me longing for a bright and spritzy Spring day! The daylight is starting to hang out a little longer and the anticipation of sunnier, warmer days is so real. As Spring begins to (ever so slowwwwly) creep in the cracks, I’m in the mood for something just as bright as the days ahead! Hence, this dreamy vegan orange cake was born! And, can I just say, I am HERE FOR IT.

The orange zest pairs seamlessly with Grapefruit Zevia Energy Drink to bake a deliciously sweet ‘n tart sponge. It’s a combination I’ve been wanting to try for a while and I can proudly say that I have thee best instincts because, holy cow, it’s amazing.

I have to admit, this vegan orange cake took a little trial and error to get to perfection, but it’s just the hard work I put in for y’all! And nobody’s perfect. Not even me. Shocking, I know! Anyways, it’s important to make sure the center of the cake is done and not still wet. A few ways to check this is to lightly push down on it. If the cake bounces back, it’s done. If it stays sunken in, it’s not quite ready. Another way to test if your cake is done is to stick a knife or toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, you’re good to go! If not, it might need some more time in the oven. One last way to test it is to stick your finger in the middle (like I accidentally did) and make a giant hole to see if it’s solid or liquidy. But unless you want a giant hole in your cake, I would advise against that last one.

After it’s finished baking through, you’re going to want to let it cool completely before the pièce de résistance – the powdered sugar glaze! Believe me, I know better than anyone that the temptation to shove warm cake in your mouth is strong. But you can’t rush perfection, guys, you just can’t. Once the cake has cooled, drizzle a little (or a lot) of the pretty glaze on top to make your cake Insta-ready. We do it for the gram. And for our taste buds. This beautifully sunny cake is a proverbial cheers to you all – to brighter days ahead!


Vegan Grapefruit Orange Cake

  • Author: Heart of a Baker
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


A vegan orange cake that is SO easy and delicious, you won’t believe it! No weird ingredients required, just all the good stuff and the BEST vegan orange cake with a super simple glaze.



For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup Grapefruit Zevia Energy Drink
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar or Stevia equivalent
  • 23 tablespoons orange zest 
  • 34 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar or Stevia equivalent
  • 12 tablespoons almond milk



  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a rectangular 11×7 pan and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the Zevia, olive oil, vanilla, sugar and orange zest/juice.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Transfer the flour mixture to the bowl with the almond milk mixture and whisk until batter is combined.
  4. Transfer batter to the greased cake pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.
  5. While cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and almond milk in a small bowl. Pour over cooled cake and serve. 

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jar and vanilla beans on a blue backgroundWhen it comes to DIYs, the kitchen is really my jam over house projects and crafts. Sure, I like a good Pinterest-worthy kitchen decorations project, but as my fiancé can attest to, sometimes my crafts aren’t the greatest when they involve creating things from scratch. Except when it comes to kitchen DIYs, now there is something I can totally get behind! I have a fascination with trying to make most kitchen staples from scratch, or at least give it a good shot. Sometimes, making staples from scratch is (more…)