Vegan, Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Up until a few years ago, dinner without meat was pretty much unthinkable.  Whether beef, chicken, or pork, my dinner plate was a balance of meat, starch, and vegetables.  Then my taste buds changed and my horizons broadened dramatically.

I realized I don’t even really like chicken, beef and pork taste a lot better when eaten less frequently, and even fish doesn’t need to be on the plate every night.  Some of my favorite dinners are not only meatless, but also vegan.  Quinoa salads, chickpea salads, guacamole, pureed vegetable soups.  I crave these foods regularly.  My ten year old self would be shocked at my current food preferences.

Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Because this is primarily a baking blog, almost everything I make is meatless.  So for this meatless Sunday Supper, I wanted to challenge myself and make something vegan.  I can whip up a gluten free recipe in a heartbeat, but vegan recipes are much more difficult.  A lot of recipes just need eggs and/or butter.

Rest assured neither is present in these Vegan, Gluten Free Breakfast Bars.  These are an awesome on the go breakfast or snack.  Though they fell apart a little, their irresistible flavor and soft texture make them a recipe I’ll make again and again.  The almond butter and maple syrup shine through, but the orange juice soaked prunes and apricots are the real stars.  They are little flavor explosions in your mouth!  I’ll be starting many more days with these healthy bars.

Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Vegan Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Vegan, Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

Zest and juice of one orange

½ cup dried apricots, chopped

½ cup prunes, chopped

1 cup almonds, chopped

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ cup almond butter

¼ cup canola oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment, leaving overhang for easy removal later.

Place the orange zest in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl, stir together orange juice, apricots, and prunes. Set aside to soak while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

In a large bowl, stir together almonds, oats, and cinnamon.

In the same bowl as the orange zest, add almond butter, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir until fully combined.

Pour the orange zest mixture over the oats, and add the dried fruit, leaving excess orange juice in the bowl. Stir until ingredients are evenly distributed and the mixture comes together. Press it into an even layer in the prepared pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, until lightly golden brown and set. Cool completely in the pan before slicing and enjoying. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Notes

Recipe adapted from The Bojon Gourmet

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Comments

  1. It is funny how tastes change with time…But I do believe I would always want your breakfast bars after one bite! Thank you for sharing the recipe =)

    • Laura says:

      Oh, for sure. There are so many things I used to love that I don’t eat anymore, and so many things I eat now, that I would have made faces at as a kid. Of course, there are still some things I love.

  2. Mmmm….look at those lovely apricots and prunes!

  3. What a great healthy breakfast or snack!! Love it!

  4. OMG!!! I want this for breakfast! It’s so me!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Liz says:

    Your breakfast bars look terrific! I’d happily have these for lunch or a snack, too :)

  6. Deb says:

    Such a sumptuous Breakfast Bar! The addition of orange has captured my imagination!

  7. Jennifer says:

    This breakfast bar looks delicious!

  8. Manu says:

    What delicious looking breakfast bars! I love how they are both vegan and gluten free!

  9. Shannon R says:

    I love breakfast bars. They are so easy and take so much guessing out of what to eat for breakfast. So portable too!

  10. I love that you made something vegan AND gluten free-these bars look tasty and like the PERFECT easy grab n go breakfast!

  11. Jessica Gappy says:

    These look amazing!

  12. Cheryl says:

    My girls made something similar to this at their church activity a few weeks ago and it was delicous! I have saved the recipe to my yumprint.com breakfast cookbook to try soon. Thanks for sharing! HUGS

  13. A great healthy treat!

  14. Lynna says:

    I love that being a foodie means being exposed to all sorts of food and trying new things! Which, occasionally means our taste palate changes (for the better!) I love these breakfast bars! They look delicious indeed!

    • Laura says:

      I totally agree! My palate has definitely changed for the better. I’ve learned what foods I really enjoy and I don’t eat foods I don’t like.

  15. wow great recipe for breakfast. Nice pictures

  16. These would be the perfect on-the-go breakfast!

  17. I am all about breakfast! This looks SO good!
    And it’s so true. When I was a vegetarian, I didn’t miss meat at ALL. But I had to start eating it again because I just couldn’t seem to gain weight :(

  18. Renee says:

    I could eat these bars for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. What great flavors and textures are in them.

  19. Love these and I’m going to pin them to a big gluten free board I belong to!!

  20. These breakfast bars look so good!! I spend so much money buying Clif Bars that I really need to make my own! Pinned!

  21. these are so good with a nice hot espresso!
    would love to make a batch of these for the week!

  22. Oooh yum these breakfast bars sound fantastic. Healthy!
    My meals are usually meat-less too. But every once in a while my carnivore side takes over. I could never become fully vegan. :)

  23. Joanne says:

    I need to whip up a batch of these for the.boy who REFUSES TO EAT BREAKFAST! Yum!

  24. Lovely! Going to add this to my list of breakfast items to make..

  25. Sarah says:

    So healthy and delicious!

  26. What a great snack! I wouldn’t feel guilty eating these!!

  27. Laura Hunter says:

    I have been needing a little more carbs in the morning lately but have been trying to think of healthier things to try, thing I need to give these an attempt.

  28. Mmm…I totally need these on busy mornings. Great start to the day!

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