Ever since entering the vegan recipe blogging world, I've had the opportunity to "meet" so many inspirational bloggers through social media. I love how interconnected and supportive the vegan community is, and this has become even more evident as I have started using Instagram regularly.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to actually meet, in person, someone who I've been following on Instagram for a while. It sounds kind of creepy to say that I "follow" someone, but trust me, its not! Caitlin is a vlogger (video blogger) and has a really successful YouTube Channel and Instagram account. She was visiting Portland from Miami, and decided to have a meet up in one of our parks. I always love meeting other like-minded people, so I thought, why not?! I wanted to bring a new recipe to share, and I knew it was going to be a warm day so I decided on something light, summery, and flavorful.
I knew that I wanted to make a gluten free (and obviously vegan!) granola bar, but I also had some peaches that I needed to use before they went bad, I love the ginger-peach combination, so there was my concept...an almond-peach-ginger bar that could be eaten as a dessert or a breakfast grab-n-go bar. It would contain protein, fiber, and be only lightly sweetened. I also didn't want to turn on my oven (I don't have air conditioning, so summertime baking is limited in my house!), but I needed the bars to hold up well in the heat. These bars met all of the requirements and I'm happy to say that they turned out fantastic. They were also a hit at the meet up, which you can watch on Caitlin's vlog here.