Learn to make ‘addictive’ vegan, gluten-free granola bars


From the menu … Java Cats Cafe, 415 Memorial Drive, Atlanta. 470-305-7575; javacatscafe.com

The Power Bar at Java Cats Cafe is my new favorite. Slightly sticky, totally addictive. Will they share the recipe? — Bobbi West, Atlanta

The food at Java Cats Cafe comes from Gathering Industries, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that works with people who need a second chance, training them for careers in the culinary world or for other positions. These power bars are just one of the many offerings available at the cafe.

Amber West, Gathering Industries’ director of operations, provided this recipe. If you’re sure of the source of your oats (not processed in a place where they also process wheat, barley or rye products), the recipe is gluten-free. Most important thing in making the bars is to be sure you press the combined ingredients in the baking dish really well. That’s the only way the bars will stick together. 

The ingredient list is long, so we asked West to share the process of creating the recipe. “I had been testing vegan recipes for weeks. My goal was if I had to make something vegan then I wanted it to be delicious no matter who was eating it, vegan or not.

“I played around with sweeteners for quite a while, and I really liked the uniqueness of this combination.”

Brown rice syrup is generally available at natural foods stores. And if you want to add one more step, West suggests you can toast the almonds and cashews to amp up the flavor.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Food

Seven Day Menu Planner
Seven Day Menu Planner

12/ 3 Family Sunday Make today’s family meal as simple as possible with your Roasted Turkey Breast. Alongside, enjoy Quinoa Salad With Sugar Snap Peas (see recipe), steamed sliced carrots, red-tipped lettuce salad and sourdough bread. Slice angel food cake and top the...
This comfort food leads a double life, but only some of us know the secret.
This comfort food leads a double life, but only some of us know the secret.

It was one of those volunteer duties, the one where you agree to talk to your kid’s class about your job. I figured it would be easy: I’d ask the kids what their family eats at Thanksgiving and we’d do a middle-school version of Brillat-Savarin’s old saw, “Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you who you are.&rdquo...
Asian-American chefs are changing our palate
Asian-American chefs are changing our palate

As an Asian-American born in Los Angeles and raised in Honolulu, I’ve thought a lot about what it means to grow up in multiple cultures at once — my Filipino mother’s, my British father’s, and my America. For a recent piece on how Asian-American chefs are changing the American palate, I spoke with some two dozen chefs and restaurateurs...
Straight from frozen: A rock-solid plan for your rock-solid Thanksgiving bird
Straight from frozen: A rock-solid plan for your rock-solid Thanksgiving bird

When producing a Thanksgiving meal becomes a last-minute affair - and there are plenty of reasons that happens, no judging - you might think getting a bronzed bird on the table presents the toughest challenge.  Nah, you've got this. Cooking a whole turkey from a rock-solid, frozen state can yield respectable results. If you stick it in the oven...
These five wines will see you through the holidays
These five wines will see you through the holidays

Here are five delicious wines that will complement your Thanksgiving feast - or any dinner party for that matter: We have two outstanding sparkling wines from Oregon, a delightful pinot blanc from Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula, a surprising pinotage from Mendocino and a rich syrah from California's Central Coast. 3 stars Willamette Valley, Oregon...
More Stories