Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars: Vegan & Gluten Free

Gluten free and vegan, these bars are acceptable for both breakfast and dessert, depending on how you top them!

Gluten free and vegan, these bars are acceptable for both breakfast and dessert, depending on how you top them!

I am well aware that the bulk of the Internet community has been forcing pumpkin spiced everything down the throats of innocent bystanders since the first whisper of autumn.  I, however, have exhibited restraint.  Sure, I’ve bombarded you with apple recipes, but I’ve held off on the pumpkin.  Until now.  With Halloween staring us  down, it was time to break into my pumpkin puree and make something delicious.

The beauty of these bars is their versatility.  Served plain or with a light cinnamon drizzle, they are absolutely acceptable for breakfast.  Honestly, with only half of a cup of added sugar, they are essentially oatmeal bars.  For those who want something a bit more decadent, though, these babies can be topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting for a perfect fall dessert.  And the candy corn?  Well, they are just an added bonus!

My taste testers and I couldn’t come to a consensus as to which variety was our favorite.  So, I will present to you all three options, and ask you to be our tie breakers.  Which variety wins in your mind: naked, vegan cinnamon drizzle, or cream cheese?  Let me know, and in the mean time, enjoy this pumpkin spiced treat!

Pumpkin Spice Bars
Makes 16 Bars

Ingredients

Gluten free & vegan pumpkin spice bars, topped off three different ways

Gluten free & vegan pumpkin spice bars, topped off three different ways

  • ½ cup gluten free flour, with xanthan gum
  • 1 ½ cups oats, divided
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed, dissolved in 3 tbsp warm water)
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350, and prepare an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place ½ of your oats in a food processor, and pulse until it forms a flour.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine pulsed oats with the remaining oats, flour, salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, and spices. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together pumpkin puree and brown sugar.
  5. Add in flax and vanilla, and mix until everything is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Slowly beat in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  7. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool completely before slicing.
  9. Top with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, vegan cinnamon drizzle, or leave plain!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes way more than you need for this recipe

Ingredients

Gluten Free pumpkin spice bars, with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

Gluten Free pumpkin spice bars, with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter. Reduce speed to low and add in powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Beat until thoroughly combined.

Vegan Cinnamon Drizzle

Ingredients

Gluten Free & Vegan pumpkin spice oat bars, with a cinnamon drizzle

Gluten Free & Vegan pumpkin spice oat bars, with a cinnamon drizzle

  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Almond milk

Directions

  1. Whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Slowly add in almond milk until you reach your desired consistency.
Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars: Vegan & Gluten Free

  1. Pingback: Top 5 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes | Food and Flying

  2. Pingback: Pumpkin Bread: Vegan and Gluten Free | Quinoa and Cookies

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s