Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipe: No-Bake Sunflower-Oat Bars

Vegan, gluten and nut-free, these tasty no-bake bars are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.
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Breakfast is a pretty big deal at my house. I wake up and immediately start thinking about the first thing I get to eat for the day (if it hasn't already been planned it out at dinner the night before). On the mornings I can be found running out the door before the sun rises and baked eggs/french toast/pumpkin pancakes are an impossible option, these bars are a fantastic choice. Not only are they easy to throw together (no bake!), they are full of flavor, fiber and protein.

But one small note of caution: If you are indeed baking these for someone who eats gluten-free, doublecheck their oat sensitivity. Some GF folks can have oats as long as they are processed in a gluten-free facility (try Bob's Red Mill GF oats, for instance) — but others find that they really shouldn't eat oats at all. Just ask first.

Happy munching!

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No-Bake Sunflower-Oat Bars
makes one 8x8-inch pan

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried bananas; diced
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup raw agave nectar

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in sunflower seed butter and agave nectar until well combined. Press into an 8 x 8-inch pan and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store in fridge (or freezer for longer storage).

Related: How To Stock a Vegetarian (or Vegan) Pantry

(Images: Rebekah Peppler)

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