These Vegan Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are SO easy and tasty. This vegan gluten free dessert is loaded with oats, brown sugar, coconut oil, walnuts, and your choice of preserves or jam!
Normally I’m a chocolate dessert girl all the way, but these vegan raspberry oatmeal bars have me singing a different tune.
I love these, because, um, they’re delicious, but also because:
- They’re vegan AND gluten free, which means they’re the perfect party dessert
- They’re SO easy, so you can whip these up any time you want (aka every day)
- They’re good at room temperature, cold, with or without ice cream, and customizable!
Have I convinced you to make these oat bars yet?
There’s only two parts to today’s recipe:
- The oatmeal cookie crust
- The filling
- The icing – this is an optional third part if you’re feelin’ fancy
How do I make an oatmeal cookie crust?
It’s so easy you guys.
You’ll start by making your own oat flour or ground oats.
It’s really complicated.
Place old fashioned oats (make sure they’re certified gluten free if you want this recipe to truly be gluten free) into a food processor and pulse until it resembles flour.
Super hard right? 😉
You’ll take the ground oats and mix them together with:
- Whole old fashioned oats
- Baking soda
- Chopped walnuts – you could use another nut – like pecans – if you wish
Set this mixture aside while you whisk together melted coconut oil and dark brown sugar.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and you’re got yourself an oatmeal cookie crust!
Place 2 cups of the crust mixture into a prepared (greased and lined with parchment paper) 9×9 or 8×8 non stick square pan and gently press down until an even crust has formed.
For the jam filling.
What kind of jam should I use in these vegan raspberry oatmeal bars?
I used store bought raspberry preserves. Easy. Peasy. And helllooo delicious.
Feel free to use YOUR favorite jam or preserves. Strawberry, grape, peach, blackberry, homemade strawberry chia jam . . .
the options are literally endless! The only important thing is that you like the taste of the jam. I’d also make sure it isn’t sickeningly sweet or else these bars will be WAY way over the top sweet.
You’ll pour your jam of choice over the crust and then you’ll top the jam with the remaining crust mixture.
Bake for 30-ish minutes (they won’t look TOTALLY done) and then let the bars cool completely.
Now. You have some options again.
You can serve these vegan raspberry oatmeal bars . . .
- As is. Cool ’em, cut ’em, eat ’em.
- Chilled. Cool ’em (at room temp), chill ’em (in the fridge), cut ’em, eat ’em.
- With an icing – lemon juice + powdered sugar = sweet, tart, tangy p.e.r.f.e.c.t.i.o.n.
- With ice cream – I mean. YOLO. Why wouldn’t you?!
These oat bars are sweet, gluten free, vegan, chewy, and just oh so delicious.
Vegan Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Equipment for this recipe
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup ground oats* certified gluten free if necessary
- 1 cup whole old fashioned oats certified gluten free if necessary
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 - 1 cup raspberry preserves or flavor of choice, warmed slightly so it’s easily pourable
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a square (8x8 or 9x9 inch) non stick baking pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil and brown sugar.
- Stir in ground oats, old fashioned oats, walnuts, baking soda, and salt.
- Place 2 cups of mixture into the prepared pan.
- Gently press down until an even crust forms. Pour on jam and spread to within 1/4 inch of the edge.
- Sprinkle on the remaining oat mixture.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely at room temperature.
- Serving option: cut and serve at room temperature.
- Serving option: Cut, chill in the fridge in a sealed tupperware container, and serve cold.
- Serving option: with ice cream
- Serving option: with icing - lemon juice and powdered sugar mixture together
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.