Gluten Free Date Bars

Published on Aug 01, 2016

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Serves: 16
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Today I am sharing a simple yet nutritious recipe for Gluten-Free Date Bars, created entirely from plant-based ingredients. These bars feature a blend of dates, oats, almond flour, fresh lemon juice, vanilla, coconut sugar, and your choice of coconut oil or butter.

Indulge in the richness and moistness of these gluten-free date bars, which boast a truly irresistible flavor. Plus, with this recipe yielding 16 bars, there’s ample to share and enjoy!

3 stacked gluten free date bars on parchment paper

Easy Wholesome Gluten Free Date Bar Recipe

The natural sweetness of dates is the key ingredient, ensuring both healthiness and delightful moisture in the bars. What’s even better is that this nutrient-packed, wholesome gluten-free snack is simple to prepare, making it easy for beginner cooks.

There are several delicious ways to serve date bars. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Plain and Simple: Enjoy the date bars on their own as a satisfying snack or dessert.
  2. With a Dollop of Yogurt or Whipped Cream: Serve a slice of date bar with a dollop of Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for added creaminess.
  3. Drizzled with Chocolate: Melt some dark chocolate and drizzle it over the date bars for an extra decadent touch.
  4. Accompanied by Fresh Fruit: Serve the date bars alongside fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, bananas, or raspberries for a refreshing contrast.
  5. Warmed with Ice Cream: Warm up the date bars slightly and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a comforting dessert option.
  6. In a Dessert Platter: Include date bars in a dessert platter alongside other treats like cookies, brownies, and fruit tarts for variety.
  7. As a Breakfast Option: Enjoy a date bar as part of a balanced breakfast alongside a cup of coffee or tea and some fresh fruit.
  8. Crumbled as Topping: Crumble the date bars and use them as a topping for oatmeal, yogurt bowls, or smoothie bowls for added flavor and texture.
  9. In Lunch Boxes or Picnic Baskets: Pack individual portions of date bars in lunch boxes or picnic baskets for a convenient and nutritious snack on the go.

3 gluten free date bars stacked on top of each other

gluten-free date bar recipe overview

The dried dates are the foundation for this recipe. First, the dates are cooked in water for about five minutes until they soften, then flavoured with vanilla and fresh lemon juice. And the date layer is ready. 

the oat layer

The date mixture is nestled between two layers of oat crumb. The best part, the oat layer is made entirely in a food processor. Making this recipe super simple and quick. 

Once the oat mixture is prepared, the pan is layered with half the mixture, then topped with the dates and finished with the remaining oat mixture. Then, the bars are baked. 

These rich, tasty, vegan bars are dense and easily sliced into squares. They truly earn the best gluten-free date bar status.

medjool dates with mint sprig


Why should we include dates in our diet? 

As per Organic facts,Dates are rich in healthy nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. They are also known to have anti-inflammatory properties and are an excellent replacement for sugar in recipes.

When it comes to taste, dried dates have an intense caramel flavour adding extra flavor to your bars, muffins, and cakes such as Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. Enjoy!

You may also enjoy these nutritious gluten free bars

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bars

Gluten Free Breakfast Bar

No-Bake Pumpkin Seed Cranberry Bars (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars – gluten free, vegan

Gluten Free Blackberry Crumble Bar

Gluten-Free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate

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Moist and delicious, will be making these date bars again.

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