I really enjoy a great granola bar, and I usually keep a few in my purse for those emergency snack situations. As much as I love granola, I have never made my own until now. When looking for a quality granola bar I normally choose the one with the least amount of ingredients.
My daughter and I were looking at various brands, and we were happy that there were several plant based varieties but disappointed at the amount of sugar packed into those little packages. Some of the ones marketed specifically to kids had the highest sugar content per serving! One of our favorite brands is Made Good. They really know what they are doing, and one of their bars or packages of granola bites are usually in my daughter's lunch bag several days of the week.
This time we decided to make our own chocolate chunk granola, and we had a blast doing it. When you make it yourself you know exactly what goes into it, you control the sugar content, and you can put together your favorite plant based flavors and easily make some delicious granola yourself!
Not all vegan protein powders are created equal. While researching several brands I was appalled at some of the ingredients that were inside. Some people are not particular about ingredients as long as the product is vegan and no animals were abused or killed in the process, but I look at other factors as well. Some of the protein powders contained high amounts of:
and a host of other not so clean ingredients. I learned that it's not just the ingredients that matter but also how the protein is processed. I have not looked so closely at this in the past. All that concerned me was that it was vegan and tasted good, but those days are gone. I received this pea protein powder from Basik Health Company, but it was before I started doing my research. Was I going to have to discard it? Not at all. After looking at the company's website, I knew that I had a clean, quality, protein powder. The JustPea protein is
I tossed all of the ingredients into my food processor, and the protein powder blended smoothly with the peanut butter and made some tasty granola.
After I pressed the granola into an 8 x 8 inch pan and placed it in the freezer, it was ready to eat within 30 min.
Sweet, chunky, dark chocolatey, snackable, and only five ingredients!
Author: The Sensible Vegan
Recipe Type: Snack
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 170.5 Fat: 11.5g Saturated Fat: 2.6g
Carbohydrates: 13g Sugar: 3.4g Sodium: 114.8mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 8g
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A couple of times a month my daughter, and I go to Panera Bread and pick up a couple of bowls of black bean soup. It's savory, well seasoned, and vegan, of course. Last week we stopped by there, and I was told that the black bean soup was no longer on the menu. The lady at the drive through recommended several other soups. When I asked if any of them were vegan she replied, "No."
My daughter was disappointed, so I told her that it meant we needed to create our own recipe instead. She was very pleased with that idea. When creating my recipe, I decided to add kale to the mix. I figured, if it was amazing in my vegan chili, then it would be the perfect addition to my black bean soup!
This is a quick and simple recipe that is big on flavor and nutrition. It's always sad when non-vegan restaurants start removing items from their already limited vegan choices.
I am very pleased with how my recipe turned out. We paired it with some vegan grilled "cheese" sandwiches, and the meal was complete. Both my husband and daughter were very pleased at the results.
Spicy, savory, comforting, protein-powered, and only ten ingredients!
Author: The Sensible Vegan
Recipe Type: Soup
Serving size: 1.5 cup Calories: 332 Fat: 1.4g Saturated Fat: 0g
Carbohydrates: 60.6g Sugar: 3.7g Sodium: 232.5mg Fiber: 15.2g Protein: 19.8g
About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author who loves creating vegan recipes with 10 ingredients or less!