Puerto Rican Vegan: Daniel Fast Sweet Potato Bars

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Daniel Fast Sweet Potato Bars

Happy New Year! Is it obnoxious to say that on the 20th?  Probably.  However in the spirit of all things new, we have embarked on a 21-day Daniel Fast to clear out the old and begin fresh!  As you know we stick very close to a vegan diet in our home, so a Daniel Fast is not foreign.  Removing all sugars and leaven does make it quite difficult to bake, though...and momma loves to bake.  Every Monday night I bake fresh muffins for Tuesday morning's breakfast.  Without the use of baking soda/powder or sugar, it's been a rough road.

I started out looking up Daniel Fast muffins, but every recipe I followed left me feeling like I was eating cardboard.  Then I remembered that I had a similar experience when I used to look up vegan recipes. I soon realized that with a few simple substitutions, any recipe can be vegan.  The same goes for the Daniel Fast.  Once you know what you can and cannot eat, you can alter your favorite vegan recipes to fit the bill.  It takes some trial and error, but it's worth it.

I'm very happy to share this delicious Sweet Potato Bar.  The result is a moist, hearty, Daniel Fast approved, nutritious, and delicious breakfast or snack.  Please enjoy!


1 cup oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup date syrup
2 tbsp milled flax seed + 6 tbsp water
1 large baked sweet potato (or 2 small ones), mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cranberries

Mix dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mash sweet potato. Then stir in date syrup, flax mixture, vanilla, and apple sauce. Stir in dry ingredients until well moistened. Mix in cranberries. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Cut into bars immediately out of the oven.

To join us on our Daniel Fast, please visit our Facebook page for our online community, or click on the Daniel Fast links to sign up for daily emails and fasting resources from my hot hubby!

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