Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)
These Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars feature fresh strawberries and an oatmeal crumb crust that doubles as the crumble topping! This quick and easy recipe is gluten-free and vegan.
I’m currently standing in my kitchen while the movers move around me, packing up my furniture and moving boxes filled with everything I own. The contents of my life are getting loaded into the moving truck, ready to be driven down to San Diego. It’s weird, and sad, and a little bit surreal.
As excited as I am to move back to San Diego, it feels so bizarre to be leaving Washington after having spent the past five years here, and I’m extra sad to be leaving my apartment. I love my kitchen and my shooting area and seeing my photography set-up in boxes makes me nostalgic already. I can’t believe another baked good won’t be coming out of this kitchen!
Luckily, I still have plenty of recipes that I’ve made in the past few weeks in preparation for the move, and I can’t wait to share them all with you in the next few weeks. First up: strawberry oatmeal crumble bars!!
These strawberry oatmeal crumble bars got rave reviews! I used the first-of-the-season farmer’s market fresh strawberries, and they were so sweet and juicy on their own, which made these bars that much more phenomenal.
Because nobody has the time to fuss over making a crust, a filling, and a crumble topping, this crust recipes doubles as both the crust and the crumble top. It’s made with almond flour and oats, which make it super hearty and reminiscent of the best fruity oatmeal crumbles.
I used T-Sugar’s Cassonade Sugar to sweeten the crust and crumble – it’s similar to brown sugar, but with a deeper, richer, more caramel-y flavor. You don’t need too much – just enough to sweet the crust while still letting the sweetness of the strawberries shine! I tossed some chopped almonds into the crust/crumble mixture as well, to add a bit of extra crunch.
After the bars are assembled and baked, waiting for them to cool is the hardest part. But unfortunately, it’s also essential if you don’t want to bars to fall apart – the crust is crumbly when warm, so wait for it to cool and set before slicing into these. If you want to add a bit of extra pizzazz, give a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top! I gave a spin of T-Sugars Powdered Sugar Mill on top of these bars and it was the perfect thing to finish them off.
Go get yourself some fresh strawberries and put them to good use in a batch of these bars. They’re the perfect way to use the season’s most delicious berry :) enjoy!
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Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars (Gluten Free + Vegan)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars 1x
- Category: Dessert
- 12 oz. fresh strawberries (quartered)
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup coconut oil (solid at room temperature)
- ½ cup coconut sugar (can also use T-Sugars Cassonade Sugar or brown sugar)
- 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free certified if necessary)
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper or foil and grease lightly.
- In a medium bowl, toss together strawberries and tapioca starch. Let stand while you prepare the crust.
- In separate bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, salt, coconut oil, Cassonade sugar, rolled oats, and chopped almonds. Stir until combined, working the coconut oil in with your fingers if necessary.
- Reserve 1 cup of crumb mixture for the topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of greased pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.
- Remove partially baked crust from the oven. Evenly distribute strawberries on top. Top with remaining crumb mixture.
- Return to oven and bake for another 30 minutes or until bubbling and lightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.
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I hope the rest of your move goes smoothly, Rachel! I’m so excited for you!! :) I’m also kinda super-excited about these bars. SO perfect for all the summer strawberries that are coming into season! And that streusel = Eeek!!
Thanks so much, Sarah!! I’m SO all about fresh strawberries right now :)
These look delicious! And the colour is just so pretty! Good luck with your move, girl! May be sad to move, but I’d say pretty exciting too, especially when you get all set up in your new place :) Have a great weekend!
Thank you so much, Dawn!
I have a soft spot for any dessert with the word “crumble” in it. And I just got a bunch of strawberries. This is a great spring recipe!
Good luck on your move. Can’t wait to try this receipt. I was wondering if the T-sugars Cassondae Sugar easy to find?
Hi Susan! You can find it at Rouses, Albertsons, Heb, Fred Meyer and Bi-Mart. If you can’t find it though, brown sugar or coconut sugar would also do the trick. Enjoy!
I love your recipes and these bars look amazing!! I wish I had a kitchen all set up so I can make them straight away but I am in the middle of the move too and know exactly how you feel! I just moved from Switzerland to Croatia and since our things are still at customs, the new apartment is empty and I miss all my props and baking equipment, can’t wait to go back in kitchen and start baking and shooting again! :-)
Isn’t moving SO stressful?! I’m so excited to get all set up in my new place too :) best of luck with your move, Lili! I want to come visit you in Croatia, haha! Hope you can get baking and make these bars soon :)
Ugh everything you make always sounds amazing. This sounds like such a perfect treat for summer too because I always associate strawberries with warm weather!
I love crumble bars, especially with strawberries.
Your recipes sound good, but some are a bit extravagent for me to prepare. Living in Mexico, many products you use arent available for me financially(food processor, extracts, types of baking equipment & supplies), but I still enjoy reading them. I do research to find substitutes, sometimes it works, sometimes I just have to give up in the idea. But, I do the best I can.
Hi Deedee. I understand that – I’m sorry that you aren’t able to make everything you’d like, but if you ever have questions about substitutions or alternative ways of making things, feel free to comment or shoot me an email and I will be more than happy to brainstorm substitutes or ways for you to make the recipe. Thank you so much for reading my site!
Good luck with your move, Rachel! Hope you get settled in soon! These bars are just gorgeous! I can’t get enough of strawberries lately and love the crunch from the almonds in here!
I love seeing all your snaps about your drive down the coast — we have done that drive a couple times and it is my favorite! SO pretty! It must be so sad to leave your home but I’m sure you will create just as amazing things in your next kitchen :)
Thanks so much Ashley! :)
I hope you are enjoying your trip back to San Diego! And hopefully you’ll be all settled soon enough. My husband and I just moved into our new house this weekend, so I’m trying to get organized as fast as possible! :) These bars look amazing, Rachel! I love the strawberries in here. Just perfect!
Wow, San Diego!! That’s such a great place to go. Congrats on your move! You will get lots of lovely natural light for your photos there, I promise!!
And crumb bars are the BEST. These look incredible!
Oh my, this is the perfect season to make these delicious strawberry oatmeal crumble bars.
Thanks for sharing the recipe :)
Good luck on your move, I hope everything goes smoothly! These bars look delicious! I love how they are gluten free and vegan!
Good luck for the move Rachel, hope everything goes really well for you. And I’m impressed you have so many recipes stocked up – I need some of that organisation at the moment! Gorgeous bars too – I am a sucker for any kind of crumble topping! xx
Thank you so much, Claudia! I so appreciate it.
My mouth would NOT say no to about 6 of these!
These look AH MAZING. For real, I’m in love. I seriously can’t wait to try these out!
Hi Rachel. Can you please share the nutritional information on these bars? I made them yesterday and they are phenominal! Thanks!
Hi Kim. So glad you enjoyed them! I haven’t calculated the nutritional info for these because it often differs based on the brands of products used, but you can do so here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/recipe/calculator.