Friday, October 29, 2010

Gluten Free, Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bars Recipe

photo used with permission from Joe of Culinary in the Country

I created this egg free, low sugar bar recipe for Cheryl of GFGoodness probably 2 years ago... I'm a little behind on posting it!

She wanted a recipe that used gluten free rolled oats. She also needed them to be egg free, corn free, and dairy free. (And I think there were a few other qualifications, but I can't remember what they were!)

At any rate, this is what I created for Cheryl. I've had several people test it with wonderful results. These bars are very simple to make and are an easy fall dessert!

I hope you enjoy them... even if I am 2 years behind schedule!

*Many thanks to Chef Joe of Culinary in the Country, for allowing me to use his picture to help me illustrate how delicious these bars are! While Chef Joe's bars are made from wheat flour & oats they look nearly identical to this gluten free version! Thanks Joe! 

Gluten Free, Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bars
Created by Carrie @
free of gluten, dairy/casein, eggs, nuts, gums and soy
printer-friendly recipe.

Bar Ingredients:
½ cup brown rice flour
½ cup arrowroot starch
½ cup sorghum flour
1 teaspoon gluten free, corn free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups GF certified rolled oats (or half oats and half quinoa flakes)
1/4 – 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ – 3/4 cup coconut oil (NOT melted) -or- Spectrum Palm Shortening

Filling Ingredients:
2-3 small apples, any variety, seeds removed, coarsely chopped or grated
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons agave nectar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together all flours, baking powder, salt, and GF certified oats. Stir in brown sugar, and lastly cut in coconut oil or Spectrum shortening with a knife or fork, until it resembles very small peas within the dry mixture. You should have a crumbly dough. Press one half of the bar mixture into a greased 8″ square (or small rectangular) pan. In a small saucepan cook chopped apples, cinnamon, and agave nectar just until apples are soft – 10 to 15 minutes. Pour apple mixture over the pressed bar mixture.
Sprinkle second half of bar mixture over the top of apples and pat lightly. Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes or until light brown. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Makes 9 large bars. Enjoy!
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  1. Carrie - yum!!! These look great. And they don't include tapioca starch, even better. Lucky Cheryl - what a good friend you are to have developed this recipe for her!

  2. Carrie,

    this looks amazing! i saw the recipe and immediately knew i will be making it this weekend!

    thank you,


  3. These look great! You mentioned in your brownie post about how much you prefer apple cinnamon stuff, so I bet this is just your thing!

  4. OMG, I could just jump through the computer screen for these!!

    Keep those vegan recipes coming baby, I am soooo deeply appreciative! I can just imagine all the filling possibilities...


  5. Oh, you're so sweet, Carrie! Big hugs in your direction. I think maybe we got our wires crossed--I'm allergic to oats--but this does look fantastic and I am really eager to make it!
    And your chocolate chip cookies are in the oven as we speak...I have no doubt they will be spectacular, as usual.

  6. These sound pretty darn yummy!

  7. Carrie - Nice recipe! I'll have to keep these in mind for Jeff's gluten-free co-worker!

  8. Carrie, as per usual, you have reduced me to a mound of salivating mush (nice image, ya?). Apple and cinnamon...YUM!! Can't wait to try these.

  9. These look fantastic, Carrie! Never too late to post a great recipe. :-)


  10. I want to play in your kitchen with you! Seriously. You come up with the just the most amazing whole healthy treats!

  11. These look absolutely delicious. I'd never even know they were gluten free. Great recipe. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by for a chance to enter.

  12. Hey Cheryl -- Remember? You had a contest, literally it was probably 2 years ago and you wanted somebody to come up with a recipe for rolled oats, at the time you weren't sure if you could tolerate them or not. I won your contest and received a package of all kinds of goodies from you! This was the recipe you were going to try! :-)

  13. Cheryl - from this post on your blog:

  14. Carrie,

    These look like they're so worth the wait. I have some apples in the fridge that are calling out to be cooked up in these bars. Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. Okay! I am so with you that cinnamon and apples are just my thing (actually above chocolate). These look absolutely perfect for a snack for the kids too! I wish we could have a cooking party and spend hours in the kitchen together! How amazing that would be!!

  16. Kim - OH I so agree! I LOVE cooking parties!! I just love to invite people over to cook. I think it's so much fun to do together!! Wish my husband enjoyed cooking more!!

  17. Hi Carrie,
    Oh my goodness. Can you believe that I totally forgot that? That's too funny. I mean, I forgot that entirely. I tried a tiny amount of oats, got violently ill for about a month, and that was the end of that. I think I just blocked the memory of it, to be honest!
    I'm so glad that you enjoyed the treats, and that totally explains, well, pretty much everything. That also explains why I didn't try the recipe, or any of the others--I pretty much stopped baking for a few months while my poor tummy recovered from the oat-ing. But now I absolutely have to make them for my sweetie, at least!
    have a great thanksgiving, and thanks so much for clearing that up for me.

  18. I wonder if they work with all quinoa flakes.

  19. Carrie,
    I *heart* you! I just stumbled across your site the other day while looking for GF DF baking recipes and had to try these apple cinnamon bars. They are SOOOOOO good! I make happy sounds while devouring these. I used the smaller amount of palm shortening and they didn't hold together well, so I'll use the larger amount next time. These are so incredibly delicious, I think I'll be making them all the time! Please keep the gluten-free vegan (and soy-free, flax-free, and tapioca starch-free) recipes coming!

  20. Hi Carrie, Can organic chunky applesauce be used as a substitute for the apples and if so, how much in quantity? I have an unopened jar that I'd like to use! Thank you!

    1. Hi Rachel - sure! I'd use maybe 1 - 1 1/2 cups of a chunky applesauce! that would work perfectly!