Gluten Free, Vegan, Quick Bread Bars

Gluten free, Vegan Fruit and Nut Quickbread Bars waldorfmoms Follow Me on Pinterest

In my constant quest to find Gluten free, vegan recipes that my son can eat for breakfast or for a snack, I came upon the amazing website, ‘‘.  A “Banana Oat Cashew Quick bread bar vegan” was featured and I thought it was such a great idea.  Because the bars are thin, they bake in no time–30 minutes or less.  I started experimenting to try to make a gluten free version and came up with this recipe for gluten free, vegan, quick bread bars.

The great thing about this recipe is that you really can use whatever fruit and nuts you have.  The bars shown are pear/cashew, but I’ve made banana, cranberry/almond, and apple/macadamia that are really good.

Also, please don’t be intimidated by having to grind the nuts and oats.  I used my mini “bullet” smoothie blender and I’m sure a mini (or full size) food processor or regular sized blender would work well.

The recipe also calls for cooked quinoa.  I love quinoa and usually have cooked quinoa in my frig.  You could easily substitute another small cooked grain like millet, or leave it out totally cutting back your liquid a little.  The cooked quinoa adds great texture though and it’s worth adding if you can…

This recipe is kid approved!

Gluten Free, Vegan, Quick Bread Bars

*  1/2 cup gluten free oats

*  1/2 cup unsalted nuts (cashew, macadamia, almonds, etc)

*  3/4 cup gluten free flour blend

*  1 teaspoon baking soda

*  1/4 teaspoon salt

*  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

*  1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

*  1/4 cup cooked quinoa (or other cooked small grain)

*  1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

*  1/2 cup pureed fruit (pear, applesauce, bananas, etc)

*  1/2 cup almond, rice or hemp milk

*  1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 8 x 8 inch baking pan well

2)  Grind (pulse) oats and nuts until it resembles a coarse meal

3)  Combine dry ingredients and stir thoroughly

4)  Combine dry ingredients, quinoa and nut/oats mixture

5)  Combine wet ingredients and add to dry ingredients.  Mix well.

6)  Pour batter into baking pan.  Carefully spread the batter to the edges–it will be fairly thin.

7)  Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown and toothpick comes out clean.

8)  Cool on rack and cut into squares.

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  1. These look fantastic, so do those chocolate chip cookies a couple of posts down. Your son is fortunate to have such a wonderful mum!
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  2. These look like a yummy afternoon snack to make. I absolutely love your site!!! Knitting and felting have long been on my list to learn. It’s like a breath of fresh air visiting here. I’ve often thought of visiting the Redwood Forest– no I know I must! =)

    • Hi Lori, (I like your name and am off to visit your site!) Yes, I hope that you’ll be able to visit the Redwoods–beautiful beyond words…Take care and thanks so much for visiting. Aloha, Lori

  3. Sounds yummy, wonder if I can add cranberries to it. :)
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    • Hi Camille,
      Yes you can definitely use cranberries! I used dried cranberries (although fresh would also work–just cut back on liquid) with bananas. It was really good! Thanks for visiting! Aloha, Lori

  4. What is the gluten-free flour blend that you use?

    • Hello,
      On these bars, I used Bob’s Red Mill GF flour (no baking powder or xanthan gum added), but any high quality GF flour blend (even one you make yourself) will work. Thanks for visiting! Aloha, Lori

  5. I know what you mean about finding something for your son to eat. I like this idea, and the fact that you can change up the fruit and nuts. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays!
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