S’mores Granola Bar
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If you’re looking for the perfect portable camping snack this summer, look no further than these S’mores Granola Bars!
We had been out exploring northern Arizona when a late spring storm rolled through – and decided to stick around for a week. So rather than sit in a muddy puddle in the desert, we hightailed it over to Durango, CO to see Michael’s little sister. It was raining there too, but at least we were inside of a house. And like always, the moment we had access to a full kitchen with an oven, we immediately started baking.
We were looking through our camp kitchen pantry and kicking around ideas for granola bars when we discovered we were still holding on to a package of vegan-friendly Dandies Marshmallows. They were the mini sized marshmallows, which are great for putting in hot chocolate, but could also be used for baking. From there, it was obvious. And our minds gravitated towards something we couldn’t believe we hadn’t thought of already: S’mores Granola Bars!
Since we were starting with a vegan marshmallow, we figured we could make an effort to keep the recipe vegan the whole way through. Finding vegan dark chocolate wasn’t a problem at all, however, the graham crackers presented an interesting challenge. Nearly all graham crackers are made with honey. But a little research revealed that (while we are sure the homemade variety would be far healthier) Nabisco Original Graham crackers are actually entirely vegan. Just like how Oreo cookies are also inexplicably vegan, we suspect this wasn’t done intentionally but was rather a happy accident. Either way, we’ll take it.
Put all those ingredients together with some toasted oats, add in dates and chia seeds to help bind it all together, and you’ve got yourself a delicious chewy “s’more on-the-go” granola bar.
Perfect for your next day hike or for a little camping-inspired snack to get you through the workday.
We’ve found Dandies at Whole Foods, well-stocked grocery stores, and on Amazon. We’ve also discovered that the marshmallows at Trader Joes are vegan as well. If you don’t care if these bars are vegan or not, you can easily sub with regular mini-marshmallows and whatever graham crackers you want.
Looking for more? You might like these trail mix ideas, PB& J granola bars, these fruit leathers, or our roundup of vegan camping food ideas.
Vegan S'mores Granola Bar
- 6 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup crushed vegan graham crackers, about 10 sheets
- ½ cup mini vegan marshmallows
- 1.5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
- 1 tsp coconut oil or Earth Balance butter, (optional if greasing pan)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Place the dates, water, maple syrup, chia seeds, and salt into the bowl of your food processor. Let it all soak for 5 minutes, then process until fairly smooth (it’s OK to have some pieces of dates remaining, but you don’t want any big chunks).
- Toast oats over medium heat in a heavy bottomed skillet until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently to ensure even toasting and prevent them from burning.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the oats, graham crackers, marshmallows, dark chocolate and the date mixture. Mix well with a spoon until all the dry ingredients are completely covered in the date mixture.
- Line a 8.5" x 4.5" loaf pan with parchment paper, or grease the pan with coconut oil or Earth Balance butter. Spread the mixture evenly into the pan, then press down on it to really compact it (I used the bottom of a glass for this).
- Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely, then remove from the pan and cut into 6 bars.
- To make these portable, wrap them in parchment paper, plastic wrap, or small ziplocks, then throw them in your pack and go!
Ok. Yum. These look amazing and I can hardly believe they’re vegan! Nice!
Thanks Sasha! It’s amazing how many vegan products there are these days 🙂
These look amazing! I like that you added marshmallows! They make everything better 🙂
They really take the bars up a notch! It’s fun to have some melty texture in there 🙂
Looks delicious. I never thought of a smores granola bar, thanks for the idea
Thanks, Keith! Hope you enjoy 🙂
Man oh man, these granola bars are perfection! I LOVE the smores flavoring!
This looks delicious. I love S’mores in any form. Thanks for the recipe!
These look amazing! What a great idea! Love it 😉
These are perfect! I love anything with graham crackers!
Oh heck yeah!!! Not sure how you managed to hang onto those marshmallows for that long – but kudos :p I’m thinking these will be an awesome “darn – I’m still at my desk..” snack at 3 pm haha. Definitely putting these in my lunch next week!
I’m so glad I found this recipe. We’ve got a daughter that has recently decided to go vegetarian, and I’m struggling big time with finding recipes to accommodate her for our upcoming camping road trip. And I know where to find vegan marshmallows now, so thank you! 🙂
Those look sooo good ! I’m going camping with friends this weekend in Algonquin Park, Ontario, to celebrate Canada Day, we’ll definitely make those ! And i Iove how you always list the required equipment … it makes it even easier, thanks !
Hi Audrey! Hope you had a great camping trip & enjoyed the bars! Algonquin looks SO beautiful. We hope to visit the park ourselves one day!
How long do they last out of the fridge? Thinking about making them in advance for Burning Man!
So we haven’t tested this, but we assume they should last for a least a couple of days. We’d recommend keeping them in a cooler, if possible, or at least in a sealed container kept out of the sun. Good luck out there!
Just so y’all know, marshmallows are he opposite of vegan, they are sugar with gelatin which is made from boiling animal bodies. There are vegan marshmallows out there though.
Yes, conventionally produced marshmallows are not vegan (or vegetarian) friendly, but we used + recommend Dandies brand marshmallows for this recipe, which are fully vegan. Trader Joe’s also carries a vegan-friendly marshmallow.
I tried making these a couple weeks ago with sunflower seeds instead of chia seeds due to a reoccurring nightmare about my granola bars growing into bear shaped chia pets and devouring the contents of our bear bag from the inside out. The result was a bland granola bar. Last night I tried them with chia seeds and they were amazing! What a difference one ingredient and a couple of therapy sessions to get over a fear of chia pets can make! I also had better success toasting the oats in the oven instead of in a pan.
You speak the true nature of chia. It is the creator and destroyer, binder of delicious treats and phantom of destruction. It is the lightness and the darkness. We all must find out own personal relationship with chia. And we are glad you have found yours.
I made these for a camping trip near Skenonto Lake, NY. I’m vegan and my boyfriend isn’t so it’s hard to find yummy trail snacks that are light for backpacking AND delicious! My boyfriend and I munched on these for fuel while hiking AND had them with coffee in the morning. The chia seeds and oats are full of fiber so we were able to stay full for a little bit before digging into early lunch 🙂 Making these bad boys again today! Thanks!
Yum, these look awesome! Do you have ideas for a sub for the graham crackers? I can’t eat gluten and GF graham crackers are hard to find where I live. Thanks so much 🙂
Hi Rachel! If you don’t need these to be vegan, Pamela’s has GF graham crackers (haven’t tried these myself, though I’ve had their pancake mix!): https://www.pamelasproducts.com/products/gluten-free-honey-grahams
If you need GF and vegan, S’moreables would be an option: https://www.kinnikinnick.com/smoreables-graham-style-crackers
We’ve seen them at Whole Foods and a few other natural foods stores.
Hope that helps!