Vegans learn to DIY

October 3rd, 2009 · Lisa · Recipe testing, RFAH, vegan mofo · Comments

So, I’m up early drawing maps for the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off (today at 4pm) and wrapping up the amazing prizes. I wanted to make sure I got a MoFopost up this morning just in case I fall into a sugar coma this evening.I know that all of the Fabulous Vegan Bakers will impress me their incredible edible art. For me, one of the indirect benefits of my veganism is that it has forced (or encouraged) me to make more food from scratch rather than relying on packaged products. In the beginning, this was because it was hard to find products that didn’t say “may contain dairy, eggs, etc” on the label. Now vegan products are widely available. But since I’ve learned how easy it is to make most things in my own kitchen and how much I enjoy the process, there is no turning back.

For example, here are a couple of amazing raw nut and dried fruit bars that were whipped up in a couple of minutes. It just takes a few of pulses in the food processor to create a sweet and satisfying treat. These bars were dehydrated to extend their storage life but you could eat them right away as well (or chill briefly in the fridge).

The recipes for these bars are Jae Steele’s from her upcoming book Ripe from Around Here. The basic recipe involves almonds and dates. You can play with the addition of other flavours to suit your mood. Here are two of Jae’s fabulous options:

Apple, Hemp, Spice Bars.

Apricot Poppyseed Bars.

These bars would be a great morning treat on route to a hot yoga class. Now that the fall chill is in the air…bikram is calling to me.


  1. Posted October 3, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I like the idea of chilling those since I don't have a dehydrator.

    Have lots of fun at the bake sale!

  2. Posted October 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    They look awesome. Have super fun at the bake sale.

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