Scratch Made: Vegan Cookie Bars

After making a batch of my cookie bars for Whit’s bake sale a few weeks ago, I was inspired to try a new recipe and tweak a few things.

Thankfully, the tweaked recipe turned out to be just as tasty as the original!


The only difference I would make would be to use regular unsweetened applesauce. I ran out and used some chunky applesauce – it still worked, but I think I’d like them better without the chunks of apples.


Vegan Cookie Bars

  • 2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 Tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 2-3 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In small bowl, mix flax with water and let sit to thicken for 2-3 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, mix oats, oat bran, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, chocolate and dried fruit (or whatever mix-ins you want – all fruit, all chocolate, etc).
  4. Add applesauce, maple/agave, and flax mixture to dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
  5. Press mixture into 8×8 pan (sprayed/greased) and bake 25-30 minutes or until golden on top and set.


I love the mix of the tart dried fruit and rich dark chocolate in these bars.

There’s just enough sweetness from the brown sugar and maple syrup to make them taste a bit like a dessert, but they’re not so sweet that you couldn’t have these for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea and some fruit.


Next time, I’m going with all chocolate.

What can I say?  I’m a chocoholic at heart.



  1. They look delicious! As much as I love chocolate, I love when there are just a few chunks in a granola bar – it’s such a treat!

  2. Those look amazing, Brandi! I’m with Jessica… granola and trail mix bars with chocolate chips are the best!

  3. Those looks so good! I’m with you, all chocolate sounds pretty good ;-)

  4. Must go out and buy ingredients! I may have to make these for a blogger potluck I’m going to on Saturday!

  5. Love the looks of these! I really need to just quit procrastinating and buy some agave syrup!

  6. These look delicious! I think I’d really like the dried fruit/chocolate combo.

  7. All chocolate? Now that sounds delicious! :)

  8. Wow, looks amazing! I’m bookmarking this recipe :)

  9. i’ve been meaning to make something like this for awhile now, maybe i’ll have time this weekend? these look awesome :)

  10. Sounds yummy! I have an oatmeal-raisin bar recipe on my blog too that is awesome. I love any type of oatmeal-based treat.

  11. These sound delish. I love that I can see your recipe notes in the background. :-) I would go all chocolate too because I am equally a chocoholic.

  12. I’m a chocoholic, too! I can’t help myself around the stuff! These look great, though. I love goodies with a chewy, doughy texture!

  13. these look DELICIOUS!

  14. Those look quite yum :-)

  15. I am making these TONIGHT for a potluck brunch. Hopefully they come out looking as yummy as yours do! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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