Sometimes we’re all in a hurry and need something quick to eat and being vegan can, on occasion, really limit you when you’re on the go (I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve had to have a packet of crisps or peanut brittle for my lunch while out at work, simple because there was nothing else to choose from). Though things are getting better out there, it’s always good to have something in your bag for when you need a quick energy boost. I’ve created this recipe with that in mind. It’s a cereal bar with added pea protein. You can make them in the evening after work, or at the weekend if you prefer, then take them into work with you. The recipe makes 20 bars, so there’s plenty to last you for the whole working week. It is better to toast the oats first, so that the bars don’t come out too soft. I also heat the dates up with the syrup mixture, which softens them and helps them blend better.

Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 20-25 minutes. Chilling time: 2 hours.

Makes 20 bars.


  • 200g porridge oats
  • 50ml groundnut, or other flavourless oil
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 75ml maple syrup
  • 50g pea protein
  • 50g toasted almond flakes
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g raisins

You will also need a deep-sided baking tray approximately 30cm long and about 20cm wide.

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Richard Church