Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (Gluten-Free and Vegan)

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These strawberry oatmeal bars are a true treat for the taste buds, but they’re also a nutritious snack or dessert option. With their vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free ingredients, you can feel good about indulging in one (or two!).

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Let’s start with the star of the show – the fresh strawberries. Not only are they bursting with flavor, but they’re also packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. And when paired with the tangy lemon juice and zest, the flavor combination is simply divine.

But wait, there’s more! The oatmeal layers provide a delightful crumbly texture, and the use of rolled oats means you’re getting a good dose of fiber, protein, and various vitamins and minerals. Plus, the almond flour adds even more protein and healthy fats to the mix.

Now, let’s talk about that tapioca starch. It’s a fantastic thickening agent that’s also gluten-free, making it a perfect choice for these bars. And did you know that tapioca starch is a good source of resistant starch, which can benefit gut health and blood sugar regulation?

Speaking of blood sugar, the use of maple syrup as a sweetener is a wise choice. Unlike refined sugars, maple syrup contains antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese. And with its rich, complex flavor, you don’t need to use as much to achieve the desired sweetness.

But the healthy goodness doesn’t stop there! Coconut oil (or butter, if you prefer) provides those delightful fats that not only contribute to the texture but also aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

Now, let’s talk about the versatility of these bars. Sure, they make a fantastic dessert, but they’re also an excellent option for a nutritious breakfast or snack. With their balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, they’ll keep you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day.

And if you’re looking to mix things up, feel free to experiment with different fruit combinations. Try swapping out the strawberries for blueberries, raspberries, or even diced apples or pears. The possibilities are endless!

So, what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients, preheat that oven, and get ready to enjoy a delightful treat that’s not only delicious but also good for you. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!

Strawberry Oatmeal bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars (Gluten-Free and Vegan) Recipe

These delightful bars are perfect for any time of day – breakfast, snack, or dessert! The crumbly oatmeal layers sandwich a sweet, fresh strawberry filling. Despite being vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, they’re incredibly tasty and satisfying. Let me walk you through the simple steps:

Ingredients:

Juicy Strawberry Filling:

  • 3 cups diced fresh strawberries (or frozen strawberries, thawed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon zest (optional)
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch

Crumbly Oatmeal Layers:

  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, solid at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Strawberry Oatmeal bars recipe

Preparation:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the diced strawberries, maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest (if using), and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, allowing the strawberries to release their juices. Stir in the tapioca starch and cook for 1 minute more until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and lemon juice, and use your hands or a spoon to fully incorporate the ingredients until a crumbly mixture forms.
  4. Reserve 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the oatmeal mixture for the topping. Press the remaining oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish in an even layer. Spread the strawberry filling over the oatmeal base, then sprinkle the reserved oatmeal mixture on top.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
  6. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving.

Enjoy these fruity, wholesome treats anytime! They’re a hit with kids and adults alike. For more delicious bar recipes, check out my lemon blueberry, fudgy oatmeal, or apple pie variations. Happy baking!

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Lauren Wilson

Lauren, an adept triathlete and a passionate writer, has been a cornerstone of Trigearlab.com since its inception. She brings an in-depth, personal understanding of the triathlon world, having competed in numerous prestigious races including the Ironman Worlds and Challenge Roth.

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