Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

Thick, gooey bars topped with sweet strawberries and chewy crumb topping! These vegan strawberry crumb bars are spring in a pan, and a texture lover’s dream. Healthy, gluten free and naturally sweetened.

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

Happy Thursday, guys! How are ya?! No, really, tell me! Have you been doing fun, springy things? Life around here has been busy, but I am LOVING the nicer weather. Some sunshine does so much for a good mood, ya know?!

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

Spring break at the school where I teach school starts tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited! My plans: work out, bake, go to Columbus for a few days to hang out with my parents, and bake some more.

So, it’s about to be the best week EVER! Just to be clear, no sarcasm whatsoever. My parents are totally awesome and I love every second of time I can spend with them – luckily we’re only 2 hours away!

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

While I’m at my parents’ I’ll be testing a lot of recipes for the blog. My mom is an amazing baker so it’s always fun to be in the kitchen with her. Chocolate things will definitely be happening, because why should they not, and definitely some fruit-filled treats for my dad! I wish he had been there to test these vegan strawberry crumb bars – he’s picky, but I have NO doubt he would’ve loved these.

Joe demolished them in literally two days, if that tells you anything.

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

The base for the vegan strawberry crumb bars is just 4 ingredients, and it’s similar to the base of a lot of my other bar recipes. All you need is some chickpeas and almond milk to blend them until smooth, date paste, and oat flour to hold everything together.

In a lot of my other bar recipes I like to use banana flour, but I figured since we’re already using oats in the crumble topping, let’s keep it streamlined and go with oat flour in the base, too! The texture is definitely different but the flavor is still delicious.

PS the base of these miiiiight be my favorite component. SO soft, gooey and sweet. Moving on!

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

Once you’ve got that base batter in the pan, chop those red beauties! You’ll need a cup and a half of strawberries. I just chopped mine into small pieces, no huge chunks. Spread the strawberries over the base batter, and you’re ready for the last step! Crumble topping – we definitely saved the best for last.

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

The crumble topping couldn’t be easier to make but it is SO so good. Like, addicting, and make sure you don’t take a bite while you’re baking because you may eat the entire bowl before actually getting a chance to use it in the recipe. Never done that before.

All you need is some whole oats, oat flour, date paste, and vanilla. Identical to the crumble topping I used for this beauty!

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the bar/strawberry layers, and you’re ready to bake.

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

These bars need to bake for an hour. Seems like a long time, right? I know. But if you think about it, it makes sense. We’ve got a lot of layers of deliciousness going on here – the gooey base, juicy strawberries, and mounds of crumble topping. All of that stuff needs to meld together and get nice and gooey and perfect!

When the bars are done baking, they are still SUPER soft and gooey, but they will firm up as they cool. Please don’t be like me and rush the cooling process. The day I made these I was apparently too excited (AKA impatient) to see how they came out – I cut them too early and mangled about 5 just trying to get them out of the pan. So, make sure you let these cool for at LEAST an hour, so that cutting/picking up is possible.

Note – they are still VERY yummy when gooey and falling apart straight from the oven – you’ll just need a knife and fork to eat them! 🙂

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

So if you want the perfect sweet, springy, texturally endowed treat, you need these vegan strawberry crumb bars! Soft and gooey on the bottom, loaded with sweet strawberries, and topped with a pile of chewy, caramel-y crumble.

Have a fabulous Friday tomorrow, loves!

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

 

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!

Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Ingredients

  • Bars:
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 c date paste - I use 16 medjool dates blended with 1 c hot water, then measure out 1 c paste
  • 1 c whole grain rolled oats, ground into flour
  • 1 1/2 c strawberries, chopped
  • Crumb topping:
  • 1 1/2 c whole grain rolled oats
  • 1/2 c whole grain rolled oats, ground into flour
  • 1/2 c date paste - I use 8 medjool dates blended with 1/2 c hot water, then measure out 1/2 c paste
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend the chickpeas and almond milk until totally smooth, and stir together with the date paste and oat flour in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the batter into a square, nonstick pan and top with the chopped strawberries.
  4. To make the crumb topping, combine the whole oats, oat flour, date paste, and vanilla, and stir until totally combined.
  5. Spread the crumb topping over the strawberries in the pan.
  6. Bake the bars for 1 hour.
  7. Let the bars cool COMPLETELY - at least one hour - before attempting to cut.
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Vegan Strawberry Crumb Bars