Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

Gluten Free Vegan Breakfast Bars Recipe

I am a big fan of bars; not the kind you belly up to, the kind you eat. I am especially fond of bars for breakfast. There is many a day that I need something I can just grab and go. If I spend a little time in the kitchen on a lazy Sunday, it makes the rest of my week start off a lot quicker.

These particular breakfast bars are a little naughty and a lot nice. Nice because they are packed full of gluten free oats, heart-healthy nuts and seeds, freeze dried fruit, and coconut milk. They are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and vegan. The naughty comes from the addition of some dark chocolate; but just a little naughty since there are some major health benefits to eating just a bit of dark chocolate (not to mention some major taste benefits)!

This is a versatile recipe you can change up to suit your own preferences; I added sliced almonds, roasted pumpkin seeds, freeze dried berries, and,of course, some dark chocolate chips. I sweetened it up with agave but you can also use maple syrup. Nut free? Just add more seeds instead. Don’t want the chocolate? Leave it out. Prefer freeze dried mangos or pineapple? Feel free to change it up!

The trick to these bars is grease up your baking pan well, really press that mixture into the pan, and bake them for an hour at a low temperature. It also helps to let the bars cool completely in the pan before removing them. They stay together better that way.

These are a tasty way to start your day and for some even better news, they just seem to keep getting better and better after they bake so you can make up a batch and eat them all week.

Gluten Free Vegan Breakfast Bars

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Gluten Free Breakfast Bars
Gluten Free Vegan Breakfast Bars Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Cooling time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • Oil or gluten free non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 ½ cups certified gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup roasted seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower
  • 2 ounces freeze dried fruit
  • 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chunks or chips
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca or corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Heavily grease a 9 by 12 inch baking pan with oil or cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, almonds, seeds, freeze dried fruit, coconut, and chocolate. In a small bowl whisk together the coconut milk with the agave or maple syrup, and starch. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly and evenly.
  3. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the dish and cut into 12 two inch by 4 ½ inch bars. Let cool completely in the pan before removing the bars.
  4. Store in an airtight container or food storage bag at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Vegan Breakfast Bars Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 58.1mg70%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. November 29, 2012

    These look amazing. I love making bars like this, ironically I posted a similar recipe myself today, mine were pumpkin spice flavored. I love the idea of adding coconut milk, I’ll have to try that.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 1, 2012

      Yum, pumpkin spice saounds delish! I will pop over and take a look.

  2. Maggie
    November 30, 2012

    These look delish Carol! I love a breakfast bar, especially with chocolate :) And all things naughty and nice too of course!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 1, 2012

      Well, we need a little naughty with the nice, no?

  3. These look so good and yay I have all the ingredients, can’t wait to try!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 1, 2012

      Yay! Enjoy.

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  5. Jen
    December 24, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, Carol. I have celiac disease, and I have read mixed things about whether it’s safe for celiacs to eat gf oats, so I don’t eat them to be on the safe side. Any suggestions for an ingredient that would work well?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 27, 2012

      Hi Jen. I would try another one of my recipes for bars that don’t call for oats – here is one that should work – http://simplygluten-free.com/blog/2012/05/gluten-free-nut-free-cereal-squares-recipe.html

  6. Vic Torino
    February 8, 2013

    What is really surprising is there are more gluten intolerant individuals in developed countries where wheat is the staple food ; but not much in developing nations where rice and other cereals are the source of carbohydrate sustenance..In these places these people many of which are destitute eat bread and other wheat based goods seldom experience allergic reaction… Therefore could we say that this gluten intolerance and related food allergy is more the effect of pampered eating habits that people from progressive countries are brought up.

  7. K
    May 14, 2013

    Hi! I’ve been browsing your recipes and this one is very appealing. Unfortunately, coconut milk (and regular cream) don’t agree with me — is there something else that could be substituted for it in this recipe?
    Thanks!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      May 14, 2013

      You could sub any other type of dairy free milk for the coconut milk; rice, soy, hemp, almond… Good luck and enjoy!

  8. Jennifer
    May 22, 2013

    Hi, I made these bars last night and they never hardened. I tried cutting them into squares and they just crumbled apart. Any advice?
    Thanks!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      May 23, 2013

      HI Jennifer, the trick to these is to press down really firmly into the pan and then let them cool completely in the pan before cutting them. Not sure how firmly you pressed them in but I mean REALLY FIRMLY. Hope that helps.

  9. Linda
    June 16, 2013

    I made these last week. They were delicious. I wasn’t sure what type of chocolate I was supposed to use so I threw in a cup of dark chocolate chips that were already sweetened. I reduced the amount of agave to 1/4 cup which was fine because the chocolate adds plenty of sweet. I lined a 9×13 glass dish with parchment paper and pressed the mixture down as best I could. They came out perfect. Recipe says it makes 12 bars but I got double that. These were perfect to send to school with my daughter so she could have something nutritious before finals that was portable and easy to eat on the fly. I had the last piece exactly one week after making them and it was still good but obviously at the end of its shelf life. I will be making these often this summer so my daughter can take them to camp. Thanks for sharing this healthy, nutritious and delicious recipe!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      June 19, 2013

      Hi Linda, thanks for reporting back and I am so happy you enjoyed them as much as we do! Enjoy your summer!

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  11. February 13, 2015

    If I were going to omit the coconut, how much would I reduce the liquid by? (I plan to use almond milk instead, I am just not a coconut fan…) Thanks!!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      February 23, 2015

      Hi Heather,

      Yes, I totally understand, I’m not huge on coconut either, funny enough!
      What I would do is just eye it, and don’t let it get too liquidy. Start with 3/4 cup and work up from there.

      Good luck! :)

      xo,
      Carol

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