Chocolate chip toffee bars
Have you heard? The last day of September (that’s today!) is officially Vegan Baking Day. It may not be on the government’s radar, a legal holiday (yet) or a charity marathon with a high media profile that involves racing through the city with a basket of muffins. Simply put, it’s a day to focus on sharing the deliciousness of vegan baked goods with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.
Not long ago, I fell in love with vegan baking and would spend countless hours hopelessly experimenting with new flours and flavours in my tiny condo kitchen. After much persuasion from my husband, I finally put myself out there and started sharing my baking results with others—and amazing things happened. Not only did I start to realize my potential, but I made an impact on others. Colleagues became curious about using healthy substitutions in their own kitchens, family members embarked on new ways to improve their diets, and friends sought out advice on cutting meat from their daily meals.
There is nothing more rewarding than sharing your passion with the world and realizing your skills have the potential to change lives, change habits, and even change the world, just by encouraging others to celebrate the deliciousness of a plant-based diet.
In other words, today is about baketivism. This means using vegan baking as a form of activism.
The beauty of Vegan Baking Day is that you can make up your own rules. The concept is simple: bake up your favourite vegan goodies and take them with you to work, school, band practice, jury duty, shopping…wherever you find yourself on the last Friday of September. The official website lists some tips on how to plan ahead, choose your desserts and have fun, too.
Since I’ve had one heck of a busy week, I wasn’t able to create my own treats (maybe next year). While perusing options on a few of my favourite recipe blogs, Angela‘s easy chocolate chunk toffee bars stuck out as something easy and recognizable. Needless to say, my colleagues loved them.
Chocolate chip toffee bars
Yield: 12 bars
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup 12-grain flour (or spelt)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
- 2 tbsp Earth Balance (or other nondairy spread)
- 1/4 cup Sucanat
- 2 tbsp natural almond butter
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper (long enough to it draps over the sides).
- In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, sliced almonds and walnuts. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, stir together the brown rice syrup, Earth Balance, Sucanat, almond butter, peanut butter and vanilla on medium-low heat until the Earth Balance is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl with the oat mixture and stir well. The mixture will be very thick. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the mixture into the pan and smooth out with the back of a wet spoon or offset spatula. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for 20 minutes and then place the pan in the freezer to set (I left it for an hour). Cut into bars and serve, or store in an air-tight containter for future snacking.
Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows.