Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Granola “Karma” Bars

Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Granola “Karma” Bars

Karma is one of those words that’s thrown around a lot in many contexts and usually outside of its original intent. It’s at once a promoter of good vibes, but is also serves as a kind of Panopticonic guilt-inducing gaze: Someone is watching you, and if you’re bad you will pay.

These deliciously moist and healthy bars most definitely won’t–or shouldn’t–evoke any feelings of guilt at all. The ingredients couldn’t be simpler or more wholesome (gluten-free, too!), and as much as they are a snack or dessert, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from having one with breakfast. Good vibes all day long!

And while I can’t guarantee that they’ll send the good-karma vibes your way, know that they were made as an expression of profound gratitude for the vibes I received from some very special people I’ve recently spent a lot of time with: my fellow 200-hour yoga teacher trainees and teachers at YogaWorks. They inspired me to seek out the beauty in life, and in myself, and this treat was a grossly insufficient way of giving some of that back. Every time I make and enjoy them from now on, I’ll think of them.

I hope they bring you the same kind of enjoyment at any level–in eating them and with whom you’re eating them.

Karma Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 Bars


  • 1 flax egg 1 tbsp. flax + 3 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats divided*
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 5 squares .375 oz each dark baker’s chocolate (or chocolate bar of your choice), chopped


  • Prepare flax egg in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment.
  • Pulse 3/4 cup of the oats in a food processor until it is the consistency of a fine flour. *You can also use the same amount of prepared oat flour if it’s handy. If you’re allergic to gluten, make sure your oats are certified GF.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the flax egg and stir.
  • Add the dry ingredients one at a time, stirring well to mix thoroughly. The batter will be thick and sticky.
  • Add the chocolate, and stir well to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and press it into all the edges to make an even layer.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the top and edges are golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. You may even put the pan in the refrigerator to make for a cleaner cut, but if you don’t mind crumbles, you can skip that step.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator–the bars are very moist and may stick together, so try to place them in as few layers as possible or with a sheet of parchment between them. I confess, though, that digging into the leftover crumbles at the bottom of my container with a fork wasn’t an awful experience… Enjoy! And Namaste.

Inspired by Oh She Glows

Originally published on Peaceful Dumpling






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