These vegan Raspberry Bars are so easy, oil free and has delicious three layers. It’s made with whole grains oats, stuffed with homemade jam and topped with crunchy crumble. Its sweetened with dates and is healthy enough to be enjoyed as breakfast or as a dessert.
Store bought ones are mostly sugar loaded and have some unhealthy hidden ingredients. So, I am always trying to find something that’s healthier. However, I made these without sugar. So therefore, it was a win for me.
Also, I realized its very easy to make. Moreover, it gave me the option to use my own healthy and nutritious ingredients of my choice.
I love making healthy jams at home. I have made blueberry jam earlier and infused it in a cookie recipe. But this time I took it to the next level. I made this jam filling with no sugar. I was totally delighted with its taste, flavor and texture.
Also, if you have extra leftovers of this jam then you may refrigerate and use it as a spread.
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These raspberry oatmeal bars are super healthy to make and my family loves them as a dessert and sometimes snack.
Therefore, here I am here to share raspberry bars recipe:
Ingredients you will need:
For the jam filling
For the dough
Old fashioned oats
For the topping
Old fashioned oats
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- Raspberries – I used fresh raspberries which works excellent here. These give a nice flavor in this recipe. They are healthy and nutritious berries loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Chia seeds – as well all know that it’s a superfood. Its high in protein and fiber plus a good source of omega-3. It is also a great vegan egg substitute and here it helps to bind the jam well to bring out its jelly like consistency without using any other fancy ingredient.
- Dates – its high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. It promotes natural labor and helps in boosting brain health. It’s a natural sweetener with lots of other vitamins and minerals. It’s a dried fruit and healthier way to sweeten any recipe.
- Oat flour – I use this as the main ingredient in making a dough for this recipe. Oats in general is healthy, iron rich and high in fiber. It’s a low GI food ingredient and a whole grain too. Its much healthier that any processed flour.
- Almond flour – this is nutritious, healthy and provide a mild nutty yet sweet flavor to the dough. It’s a ground powdered form of blanched and peeled almonds.
- Old fashioned oats – I added it in this oatmeal bar recipe to bring out a nice rustic or a rough texture which makes this recipe super attractive. Along with being nutritious oats makes this delicious dessert chewy and desirable as well.
- Oat milk – even though you may use any unsweetened dairy free milk in this recipe, I preferred to go with oat milk to enhance the taste of these bars. Oat milk is creamier, thicker and naturally sweeter as compared to other dairy free milk.
- Slivered almonds – this I added to bring a crunch to this dessert recipe. It adds a nice texture, chewiness, crisp bites and lots of health and nutrition along with omega-3.
- Brown sugar – I used only 1 tbsp. of it to balance out the sourness of raspberries and provided these bars with a smoother sweet taste. I have used its minimum quantity so as to keep them as healthy as possible. Moreover, brown sugar brings out a nice color at its top.
Now, all you have to do is to quickly go the though the simple steps and start with these incredibly delicious fresh raspberry bars.
Also, I would like to give emphasis that its important to follow the steps as mentioned and explained to get it absolutely right and perfect.
How to make Raspberry Bars
Firstly, in a nonstick pan I cooked raspberries, chia seeds and dates for couple of minutes or until raspberries were mushy. Then, I turned it off and let it cool down a bit.
Secondly, I combined cooked raspberries in a blender along with water and blended it as smooth as possible. Then, I kept it aside.
Next, I combined Oat flour, almond flour, oats and salt in a mixing bowl. Then, I kept it aside too.
Thereafter, I blended oat milk, vanilla extract and dates in a blender making sure that it’s smooth.
Afterwards, I poured the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and make a soft sticky dough out of it. Then, I kept about 2 tbsp of this dough in a separate mixing bowl.
Later, I crumbled the dough completely and mixed in oats, almonds and brown sugar to it. I made it a point to mix the topping very well.
Now, I started layering in the baking dish. So, I placed the dough in the prepared baking dish and pressed it with my fingers to shape it nicely. Also, I made sure that the dough binds and sticks to each other in the baking dish.
Later, I covered the dough in the baking dish with the jam stuffing.
Lastly, I topped it with the crumble topping generously and placed it in the pre-heated oven at 350-degree Fahrenheit. I baked it for 30 minutes. Once done, I turned it off and took it out of the oven.
Since it was extremely hot, I let it cool down a bit and then gently took out the parchment paper and placed it on a flat surface. Again, I let it cool completely before slicing.
As soon as I served these bars my family was totally elated with its flavors.
To my surprise these were gone within minutes. Whoa! I was super happy and felt like being at top of the world.
So, now I make it very frequently and decided to share it with you so you can enjoy these with your family as well.
- It is important to note that the dough should be ready to stick to each other but should not be a firm dough.
- When you keep some dough aside for the topping it is important to crumble it complete so as to make a crunchy topping.
- Be careful of the dough measurements and follow as mentioned or else the texture would change.
- You may use your food processor to grind the jam but blending would give it a better consistency. Feel free to add 2 tbsp. of more water if needed depending on the speed of the blender. However, do not add too much water or it will be runny and difficult to fill these bars.
These can be refrigerated in an air tight container for about 3 weeks.
Yes, I made with oil free and butter free. Also, I used oat flour which is healthier. At the same time, I sweetened these with dates so its naturally sweetened without any processed sugar. Therefore, I have used mostly whole foods and minimum processed foods and so overall these are healthy. Hence can be enjoyed as every day snack or dessert.
Its chewy and crunchy at the same time along with the sourness of raspberries plus sweetness of dates. Therefore, you will get a variety of flavors in each bite.
Simply refrigerate it in an air tight glass container and use it as a spread.
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for jam filling
- 3/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 2 tbsp water
for the dough
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup oat milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup pitted dates
for the topping
- 2 tbsp old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Preheat oven at 350-degree Fahrenheit and prepare an 8-inch square baking dish by greasing it and then sticking the parchment paper in it. In a nonstick pan combine raspberries, chia seeds and dates. Cook at high flame for 2-3 minutes or until raspberries are mushy. Turn it off and let it cool down a bit.
- In a blender combine the cooked raspberries and 2 tbsp. water and blend it as smooth as possible. Spoon it out in a bowl and keep it aside.
- In another mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (oat flour, almond flour, oats, salt) and mix it with a spoon. Keep it aside.
- In a blender combine wet ingredients (oat milk, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup dates) and blend it smooth.
- Now, fold in wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and make a dough like batter. It should not firmly stick to each other but should be crumbly and soft and ready to stick to each other.
- Now, keep about 2 tbsp. of the dough aside in another mixing bowl. Crumble this dough making sure its not sticking to each other. Then, add the other topping ingredients (oats, almonds and brown sugar).Mix it with a spoon and keep it aside.
- Now, start the first layer by placing the dough from step 5 at the center of the prepared baking dish. Press it firmly with your fingers and shape it accordingly to the baking dish.
- Then, add second layer of the blended raspberry from step 2 covering the entire dough.
- Lastly, top it with the toppings from step 6 covering it evenly.
- Place it in the middle rack of the oven. Bake it for 30 minutes. Turn it off and let it cool completely. Gently take out the parchment paper along with the bar and place it on the flat surface. Slice it with a sharp knife and enjoy.
- Refrigerate these in an air tight container for about 3 weeks.
- This recipe makes 9 squares and the serving size is 1 square piece per person.
- As soon as you make the dough make sure to keep 2 tbsp. of it aside. This 2 tbsp. of the dough needs to be crumbled very well with your fingers.
Question – in the recipe the dough ingredients list “1 c. oat flour” then “1/2 c. oat flour.” Do we need 1 1/2 c. oat flour, or why are the quantities listed separately? Thanks!
Thank you for pointing out. It should be 1/2 cup oat milk and not oat flour. It correctly mentioned in the steps though. I have fixed the ingredient list. Hope this is helpful.