These Gluten Free Date Bars with Almonds and Oats (Vegan) are nutty and sweet with subtle notes of caramel and a hint of vanilla.
I recently found a huge bag of dates tucked into the back of my pantry. I’m not one to waste food if I can help it, and I wanted to find a way to use them. Crumb bars came to mind! Dates make a delicious filling for crumb bars because they’re naturally sweet and have subtle notes of caramel. Plus, dates are packed with fiber and are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Cinnamon is the perfect spice to accentuate the flavor profile and pull everything together in my Gluten Free Date Bars with Almonds and Oats.
Crumb bars typically have short, buttery base layer, some kind of fruity filling, and then a crumbly top layer. The fruity filling can be just about anything you like, but the trick is to make it thick enough to be able to cut it into bars without the filling oozing everywhere. Here I went with dates as the filling, because they’re quite thick when pureed.
Gluten Free Date Bars
My Gluten Free Date Bars with Almonds and Oats are a delicious, nutrient-dense breakfast, snack, or dessert.
Ingredients in Gluten Free Date Bars:
I wanted to keep the ingredient list for my Gluten Free Date Bars as minimal as possible. Additionally, I wanted to utilize ingredients that are minimally processed.
- Almond flour
- Old-fashioned rolled oats
- Coconut sugar
- Whole almonds
- Pure vanilla extract
- Unsalted butter
- Medjool dates
- Boiling water
How to Make Gluten Free Date Bars:
These Gluten Free Date Bars are very easy to make! The top and bottom crust are made from the same dough, which I make right in the food processor. For the date filling, I soak dates in water and then puree until smooth. I press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 by 8-inch pan, spread the filling on top, and then sprinkle on the remaining 1/3 of the crumb mixture. After that, I bake the Gluten Free Date Bars until golden.
Oats are a whole grain that many people incorporate into their diet. They have a variety of different health benefits and are naturally gluten free. Oats are a bit high in carbohydrates though, so if you’re following a low carb or keto lifestyle, be aware of your portion size and see if you can fit oats into your daily meal plan.
Oats Health Benefits
One of the biggest health benefits of oats is fact that because of a type of soluble fiber that they contain, called beta glucan, oats help reduce LDL (i.e. “bad”) cholesterol. Fiber from oats also helps control blood sugar, helps ease constipation, and can help you feel fuller longer so you eat less throughout the day. Read more about the health benefits of oats on WebMD, Medical News Today, and Everyday Health.
Are Oats Gluten Free?
Yes, oats are gluten free. The biggest concern with oats is the potential of cross-contamination if they’re processed in a facility that processes ingredients containing gluten. If gluten sensitivity is an issue, look on the product’s packaging to make sure that brand is certified gluten free.
Oats Nutrition Information
According to the USDA Nutritional Database, one serving (1/2 cup/40g) of old-fashioned rolled oats has the following nutrition information:
- 5g protein
- 5g fat
- 27g carbohydrates
- 4g fiber
More Crumb Bars Recipes:
- Cherry Cobbler Cheesecake Bars
- Paleo Apple Pie Bars
- Blueberry Almond Streusel Bars
- Low Carb Fathead Blueberry Cobbler Bars
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Gluten Free Date Bars with Almonds and Oats (Paleo and Vegan)
Top and Bottom Crust:
- Preheat the oven to 350F; line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with a piece of parchment paper.
- Add the almond flour, oats, coconut sugar, almonds, salt, and cinnamon to a food processor and pulse a few times to chop the nuts and oats a bit. Pour the almond flour mixture into a large bowl and stir in the vanilla and coconut oil. The mixture should be crumbly.
- Press 2/3 of the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- For the date filling, let the dates soak in the water for 3 minutes, and then add the dates along with the liquid and the cinnamon to a food processor and process until smooth.
- Pour the date mixture on top of the crust in the prepared baking dish and spread it out. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 of the crust mixture on top.
- Bake until the bars are golden and have set, about 35 to 45 minutes. Cool completely before cutting. Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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