Lisa & Nicole’s Hallowe’en Snack Bars + Giveaway!

Lisa & Nicole’s Hallowe’en Snack Bars + Giveaway!
Heather Nicholds, C.H.N.

These bars are a delicious and healthy homemade snack bar. The recipe is from two lovely fellow Canadians, Lisa and Nicole. I’ve put a slight twist on their recipe to make it perfect for a Hallowe’en and fall treat.

Lisa and Nicole are the authors of two gorgeous ebooks, Tiny Treats and Edible Gifts.

These bars are from Lisa and Nicole’s new (and first) cookbook, DIY Vegan, which is an amazing collection of recipes for homemade versions of your favorite staples. This would make a fantastic addition to your repertoire going into the holiday season, and/or a great gift idea for a vegan in your life!

Notes from Lisa and Nicole: “We packed these easy snack bars with some of our favorite ingredients, but really, this is a pretty customizable recipe—swap out the nuts, seeds, or dried fruit and you have a whole new bar. Tuck one or two in your purse or travel bag for an easy snack when on the go. Or hey, since there are oats and cereal in there, why not bite into one for breakfast?”

Snackworthy Cereal Bars

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Makes 10 to 12 bars

Reprinted from DIY Vegan. Copyright © 2015 Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman. Published by St. Martin’s Griffin. Photo by Nicole Axworthy (and her full size version is gorgeous, I unfortunately had to crop her genius composition in half to fit this page).

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  • 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Heather’s Additions

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the puffed rice cereal, oats, pecans, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and hemp hearts.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the coconut sugar, brown rice syrup, coconut oil, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes, until the sugar has melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to coat. Press into the prepared pan, using a spatula to press down and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

TRY THIS: For a nut-free version, replace the pecans with 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds.

Giveaway: DIY Vegan + Blendtec blender + Breville food processor!

Book Giveaway!

One of you lucky people will win a copy of Lisa and Nicole’s book, DIY Vegan! Enter below by any or all methods available.

*Note: Contest open to residents of Canada and the US only.

Blendtec & Breville Giveaway!

Authors Nicole and Lisa want to share two of their most­loved kitchen appliances with you! Use the box below to enter to win a Blendtec blender or Breville food processor. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents* only and will run until 12:00 a.m. EST on December 9, 2015. One US and one Canadian winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Prize One: Blendtec Designer 725 Series Blender ($650 value) is a sleek, top­of­the­line kitchen appliance that will meet all your blending needs! Features SmartBlend technology, multi­speed pulse, and a 100­speed touch slider for precision control. *Shipping qualification apply. One US resident will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.

Prize Two: Breville Sous Chef 12 Plus Food Processor ($500 value) boasts power and versatility in a more compact size! This 12­cup food processor comes fully equipped with an additional accessory kit to simplify a wide range of kitchen tasks. *Shipping qualifications apply. One Canadian resident will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.

CLICK HERE to enter the Blendtec/Breville Giveaway!

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