Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Baked Oatmeal Bars

Healthy and delicious, these oatmeal bars deliver on-the-go convenience for a quick breakfast or snack.

[Updated July 27, 2017]

Here is a portable energy boost that can be tucked into a lunchbox or knapsack. Low in fat and sugar, they’re free of gluten and dairy and can be made egg free with tasty results.



2 cups gluten-free regular or old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick cook)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup lite canned coconut milk or fat-free milk of choice
1 egg or egg replacer*
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup Stevia in the Raw or granulated sugar or equivalent sweetener of choice
1¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ cup raisins or chopped dates, more for sprinkling on top


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil an 8x8-inch pan. 

2. Combine dry ingredients, except raisins, in a food processor and pulse to mix well or mix well by hand.

3. Add liquids and mix well. Then gently incorporate raisins into mixture.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle a few raisins on top.

5. Place pan in preheated oven and bake 30 to 35 minutes. (Cover with foil if top browns too quickly.) Remove from oven and cut into squares.

Each bar contains 150 calories, 4g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 26mg cholesterol, 274 mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 4g protein.

For Egg-Free Oatmeal Bars, replace one egg with flax gel. To make flax gel, combine 1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons hot water. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes until thickened.  

Recipe developed by Madalene Rhyand in the Gluten Free & More test kitchen.

Comments (20)

A very disappointing recipe.

Posted by: psuedonym | September 20, 2014 6:05 PM    Report this comment

This recipe was kind of a let down, I spent like an hour making the bars and ended up with wet overcooked oatmeal mush. I do not recommend making these.

Posted by: psuedonym | September 20, 2014 6:04 PM    Report this comment

These were awful!!!!! Way too much coconut milk

Posted by: JGCooks4U | October 11, 2012 12:53 PM    Report this comment

I made these with Bobs Red Mill gluten free quick oats and they turned out like a soft baked cookie, I cut it in 6 pieces and took them to work all week, even on the 6th day they remained soft! I stored them in the fridge. I used coconut oil instead of applesauce. Today I made a new batch with a cut up boiled apple with a little brown sugar and GF caramel extract and next going to try canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Thank you these were so easy!!

Posted by: | September 11, 2011 9:39 PM    Report this comment

This recipe is great for an on the go breakfast! I've made them several times and keep tweaking the recipe as I go. I liked them best with raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg. I also replaced the egg with flax seed and water which did change the texture a little, but for the better I felt. I replaced the coconut milk with almond milk since I do not have allergies to almonds and I like the taste better. They do not keep very long though. I had mold growing on my first batch within a week, so I would recommend refrigerating or freezing them.

Posted by: nacozart | June 2, 2011 1:50 PM    Report this comment

To print - Do you see the green box next to the recipe title - where is says "Printer Friendly"? Click on that.

Posted by: Elgie | May 14, 2011 1:19 PM    Report this comment

How can I make a print?Used to have a print icon but it appears to be missing...

Posted by: Paul W | May 14, 2011 1:13 PM    Report this comment

I'd love to hear how that turned out after making them, so please post if you make and trying them! :)

Posted by: Unknown | May 14, 2011 12:14 PM    Report this comment

I followed the recipe but mixed the raisins in, then sprinkled choc. chips on top and added sliced strawberries to the top of the mix. It's a great snack! Next time, I am trying this recipe with raspberries. Thank you for the wonderful recipe ideas!

Posted by: Anne T | May 14, 2011 9:51 AM    Report this comment

I can't use eggs, spices (including cinnamon), dates, raisins or simple sugars. I will try with agave syrup (low glycemic index), Eden Cherry Butter, raw sunflower seeds (soaked in hot water). For egg I use 1 Tablespoon arrowroot, 1 Tablespoon water, 1 Teaspoon oil. Fresh chopped nuts would be good if you can use them.

Posted by: Linda L | May 13, 2011 11:29 AM    Report this comment

Cranberries would also be a substitute that I would use instead of the raisins. Can't wait until I make and eat some of these yummy treats!

Posted by: Debra S | May 12, 2011 9:25 PM    Report this comment


Posted by: salli b | May 12, 2011 5:07 PM    Report this comment

For Polly L who's allergic to fruits, I'd add a quarter cup of cooking oil - something bland flavoured. The applesauce in this recipe keeps the bars moist without adding fat, but the oil would do the same job, only with a few more calories. They might also keep longer; at our place, this isn't a problem.

Posted by: Carol C | May 12, 2011 3:11 PM    Report this comment

Wow! What wonderful ideas for alternatives. I want to try them.

Posted by: Dairyfree | May 12, 2011 2:58 PM    Report this comment

PB MOM: I have not tested this, but I have an idea. Cut back 1 or 2 Tablespoons on the coconut milk and mix in 1 or 2 T of PB...but blend it really well. Then, cut out the raisins and replace with chopped peanuts or use 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup chopped peanuts.

Posted by: Elgie | May 12, 2011 1:40 PM    Report this comment

If you can tolerate eggs you might replace the applesauce with a large egg....and I'll bet they'd keep a week if they'd last that long. Make them, cut them into pieces, freeze one piece overnight....thaw at room temp, I wouldn't microwave for longer than 10 seconds in any event. Give it a try.

Posted by: Elgie | May 12, 2011 1:37 PM    Report this comment

How long will these keep and can they be frozen?

Posted by: kathryn k | May 12, 2011 12:25 PM    Report this comment

What could I substitute apple sauce for? I'm extremely allergic to fruits and I would not be able to use that.

Posted by: Polly L | May 12, 2011 11:56 AM    Report this comment

Any way to add some peanut butter? My son used to love PB granola bars...

Posted by: S Y | May 12, 2011 11:53 AM    Report this comment

Those look so yummy, can't wait to try them.

Posted by: Brandi F | May 12, 2011 11:33 AM    Report this comment

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