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Ange’s Glo Bars & Oh She Glows Cookbook Review + Giveaway

In Book Review, Desserts, Favourites on April 24, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Ange's Glo Bars: Yet another travel-friendly, energy-boosting snack. But these are no ordinary granola bar. They are Angela’s Infamous Classic Glo Bars, packed with all good things.

Yet another travel-friendly, energy-boosting snack. But these are no ordinary granola bar. They are Angela’s Infamous Classic Glo Bars, packed with all good things.

Have you ever noticed how many different kinds of granola bars Angela has posted? Soft-and-chewy baked sugar-free granola bars, healthy banana cranberry oat bars, last-minute protein energy barsbanana bread protein bars, and more. She is the Queen of Granola Treats. Previously, I had difficulties with her almond butter rice crisp treats which was probably due to too many substitutions. Thus, I (mostly) followed her recipe exactly, scoping out brown rice syrup. And let me tell you, this ingredient is key. Its viscosity alone lends to enhanced stickiness which helps keep the bars together. Initially, I tried to replace it with maple syrup, which probably didn’t help the cause. In any case, I absolutely loved these bars. Not too sweet with a hint of peanut butter, still packed with an assortment of seeds. I used puffed kamut (instead of crisped rice) and I liked this more because it lended to a more chewy bar.

Ange's Glo Bars

The cycling has been more intense (HILLS! OMG HILLS!), which explains why I have been sharing more treats. I have enough fore-thought and energy to make my snacks at the end of the week. Rob makes us tamarind lentils to go. In theory, this should give us more time so we can leave earlier Saturday morning. In theory, alas. We ended up sleeping in last weekend and having another later start in the hills. Our Saturdays have started to look like an entire treat day: fun snacks, tamarind lentils for lunch, tropical agua fresca from Mi Tienda #2 (this week it was papaya and pina colada on tap), followed out by a meal made by someone else… because we don’t have much energy to cook for ourselves once we get back.

By Sunday, I get my cooking mojo back and have been enjoying cooking out of Angela’s latest cookbook: The Oh She Glows Cookbook. I am behind the surge of posts highlighting its praises, but that is just because I have been smitten by trying all.the.recipes. All in the name of good review research for the blog.

With such a popular and prolific blog, long-time readers of her blog may wonder how many are new recipes.  Angela mentions that there are 75 new recipes with a dozen new-and-improved reader favourites. Angela has grown as a recipe developer, as I have had some failures with her earlier recipes. Thankfully some of my favourite recipes from her blog made it to the cookbook: Creamy Lemon Basil Avocado Sauce, Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas, and her Lemon-Tahini Dressing. She is also a much better photographer than me, so this cookbook is eye-candy as well as delicious. A photograph of possibly every single recipe. How awesome is that? Her recipes are all vegan, all whole foods based, 85% gluten-free and mostly soy-free.

I cooked and baked my way through 10 recipes (so far) and then had the difficult decision of what to share. In truth, I already shared the Breakfast Chocolate Mocha Pudding Cake, but those photographs would not due justice to such a nice cookbook. My other favourites were the On the Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup and the Crowd-Pleasing Tex-Mex Casserole. Some meals were a bit lacklustre (Indian lentil-cauliflower soup) but just adjust the seasonings to your taste. You can see all of my recipe reviews here. There are still more recipes I want to try and will continue to enjoy cooking from this cookbook.

Ange's Glo Bars

Other recipes from the Oh She Glows Cookbook shared elsewhere:

Breakfast Chocolate Mocha Pudding Cake (as christened by me, aka Fudgy Mocha Pudding Cake)
Ultimate Nutty Granola Clusters
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Glowing Mojo-ito Green Monster
Life-Affirming Warm Nacho Dip
Eat Your Greens Detox Soup
Cream of Tomato Soup with Roasted Italian Chickpea Croutons
Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce
Walnut, Avocado & Pear Salad with Marinated Portobello Caps & Red Onion with Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons
Super Power Chia Bread
Oil-Free Baked Falafel Bites
Crowd Pleasing Tex-Mex Casserole
Grilled Portobello Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Kale-Hemp Pesto
Marinated Balsamic, Maple and Garlic Tempeh
Quick & Easy Chana Masala
15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte

Thankfully, the publisher is letting me give a cookbook to one reader living in the United States. To be entered, please leave a comment here, telling me about your favourite Angela recipe or what you most want to make. I will randomly select a winner on May 4, 2014. Good luck!

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Angela’s Classic Glo Bars
From The Oh She Glows Cookbook (original recipe found here)

  1. The avocado cream sauce looks wonderful.

  2. Love angela’s pasta sauces!

  3. Definitely a bar I need to bake – and I’d love to win this cookbook! Sounds so amazing!

  4. Instant reaction – can make these nut free easily enough (tahini?) so I can make for school lunches – then second thought is that Sylvia gets funny about seeds and I wonder if I can get them past her – then third thought – maybe it is not so bad if she rejects them as I am sure I would love them

    • Haha, you are too funny, Johanna. Sunflower or pumpkin butter could totally work. I have made other bars with tahini and it might need more sweetener to compensate but I think it could work, too. The other random seeds are barely noticeable (to me) but you never know with kids. They could easily be omitted because they just settle in between the oats and puffed rice/kamut. This is a very flexible recipe. :)

  5. Thanks for doing this giveaway–sounds like a great resource to have! The titles of so many recipes sound intriguing. Like you, I am forced to do multiple substitutions on most recipes, but at least it gives me a starting point. I bet I’d love the Tex Mex Casserole, if it still remains true to form after my subs.

  6. Love the empowered noodle bowl, I could live on that for my main meals and these granola bars for snacks. Thanks!

  7. Gosh, I’ve read so many glowing reviews of this cookbook! Which makes sense with the whole glow thing. ;)

    Anyway, it seems to me that this cookbook is full of fresh, fast, simple & straight-forward recipes for Spring & Summer. That’s something I desperately need. I need more streamlined time in the kitchen this time of year and I think this book could definitely help! As well as eating lighter & more wholesome while staying delicious.

  8. I’d really like to make the apple & pear baked oatmeal. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. I really want to make the glowing mojo-ito green monster

  10. The noodle bowl with Thai peanut sauce looks right up my alley!

  11. Her recipe for the overnight raw buckwheat porridge has become a breakfast staple. So easy and so good!

  12. I haven’t made any of her recipes yet, but I am sure I will love the salt and vinegar chickpeas!

  13. Wow, you scored a review with Angela’s book?! Haha, I am totally jealous :)
    I would totally want to make the Chilled Chocolate Espresso Torte. The bars look really delicious too!

  14. My fave is her overnight oats that have blueberries and bananas. Simple and easy. It introduced us to over night oats and I have shared that recipe many times with friends and they love it as well.

  15. I completely agree with you on how crucial brown rice syrup is in recipes like these! So sticky!!

  16. I love Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce and make it often.

  17. I have Angela’s book and have been very impressed with the recipes I’ve tried so far! I’m looking forward to trying these :)

  18. Those banana bread protein bars are on my list for sure!

  19. I can’t wait to get Angela’s book (I am waiting until after our move to place the order!!) and these look great. I have discovered rice syrup relatively recently and it’s a really nice alternative to other sweeteners.

  20. Recently in the market for a Vitamix and stumbled across her vanilla/cinnamon/sea salt homemade almond milk recipe! Yum!!!

  21. I love making her dressings for salads – using them for my own concoctions. I reference her site so frequently I can’t narrow down one – – – three layer bars or raw almond butter cups.

  22. I make the Present Glo Bars every week! I make a double batch and my partner and I both eat them for breakfast or a snack. That and the Creamy Avocado Pasta are my favorites so far! It would be amazing to win this cookbook, there are so many more recipes I want to try from it!

  23. I love her recipe for On The Glow Basic Oatmeal Squares… yum!

  24. I love her roasted tomato pesto! It’s delicious! :)

  25. The empowered noodle bowl sounds great. I want to try that first. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  26. I’d definitely try the Marinated Balsamic, Maple and Garlic Tempeh, I’m still looking for a go-to tempeh recipe

  27. My one- year old grandson and his parents love Angela’s lentil walnut apple loaf.

  28. I love the Avocado Pasta and the Empowered Noodle Bowl. I want to make these bars, the Easy Chana Masala and about a dozen more! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!

  29. The first recipe I made from her blog and one of my many favorites – Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos! SOOO good!!

  30. Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

  31. I would LOVE to win a copy of Angela’s cookbook! I love her Big Vegan Bowl – I have made that several times. I would also love to try her Falafel Balls. Keeping my fingers crossed here in Virginia!
    ~Lolly

  32. I love Angela’s Big Vegan Bowl and her Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce! I make them quite frequently… I would love to have her cookbook for some more great go-to recipes!

  33. I have made so many OSG recipes from the book already it’s crazy! I haven’t made any Glo Bars yet but I did buy brown rice syrup so they will likely be made soon.

  34. Oh these are so popular on the interwebs! With as much baking as I do, you’d think I’d make more granola bars, but I’m really just now starting to try and replicate protein bars, as you’ve tried. I like my treats though even without the cycling haha. I think the nutty granola bites would be right up my alley.
    I also just made a purreed green soup as a way to use up some kale and get in my greens despite my constant cravings for sweets.

  35. I can’t believe I still haven’t bought the cookbook. Well, maybe I’ll win a copy ;p
    I LOVE so many of her recipes, but my hands-down favourite (and made once a week, each and every single week) is her overnight oats. It’s love in a bowl. I will have to try these bars!

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  37. I’m in love with this cookbook. My next recipe to try would be theses bars :)

  38. The one we make the most is the Cauli-power Fettuccine Alfredo.

  39. My favorite is the Rad Rainbow Pad Thai.

  40. I want to make Glo bars! I would love to have this cookbook.

  41. The chocolate mocha pudding cake has caught my interest!

  42. Grilled Portobello burger looks so yummy

  43. I love her Creamy Avocado Pasta recipe. It is quick and easy.

  44. Love Angela’s recipes. Would love to have her cookbook!

  45. I definitely want to try the chocolate espresso torte!

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  47. I enjoyed her
    Effortless Anytime Balsamic Vinaigrette!

  48. Yummy! This post is making me hungry. There are so many recipes that I want to make. Maybe I’ll start with the granola bars! They look easy.

  49. I love so many of her recipes….tomato casserole, tomato basil cream sauce, avocado cream sauce, her brownies…

  50. I LOVE her oatmeal recipes – I have the zucchini bread oatmeal, sweet potato oatmeal, pb/banana oatmeal all the time.

  51. The chana masala caught my eye right away!

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  55. I made the chocolate espresso torte for Easter and it was a huge hit. I am going to make it for my book club this month- so yummy!

  56. I check her Instagram almost everyday now for inspiration! I want to make the Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce, substituting zucchini noodles for the soba.

  57. Chocolate mousse pie!

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  59. I could eat soup all day, everyday and her Eat Your Greens Detox Soup looks delicious.

  60. Angela’s Blueberry Vanilla Bean Pancakes with Blueberry Glaze make me overthemoon happy every time! :)

  61. […] for a pretty cracker. The maple syrup bound it all together after baking. Maybe I don’t need brown rice syrup afterall? […]

  62. […] made her Chocolate & Cherry Hemp Bars which are a spiffied rice krispy treat. Like Ange’s Glo Bars, brown rice syrup is the binder of choice but the bars are not that sweet. Calling them hemp bars […]

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  64. the peanut butter cookie dough bites are my favorite. I love that they’re so easy to make and Uber healthy. I can take them to work, I can have it at home, it’s a before workout snack, its a travel snack. They’re just wonderful!

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