It is raining berries this time of year and I found myself with 6 lbs. of fresh strawberries. What to do? Jam is a simple way to use lots of berries but then what to do with 5 jars of jam? For me something with cinnamon crumble is always a good option. So these gluten-free strawberry bars were born. The tart berries with the sweet cinnamon is perfect. I made my own jam but you can easily use ready made. Vegan options are included.
Top these bars with a pretty drizzle using my Icing Without Powdered Sugar.
Vegan Strawberry Bars
These gluten-free strawberry bars can easily be made vegan with a couple of easy substitutions. Use coconut oil or a dairy-free butter sub in place of the butter. I find that most butter substitutes are salty. So taste yours and omit the salt from the recipe if needed. Replace the egg with egg replacer or a flax egg for the egg. To mix up a flax egg, combine 1 Tbsp flax seed meal with 3 Tbsps warm water and let sit for a few minutes or until it has a gel-like texture.
I have used several different gluten-free flours for baking in this recipe and they all worked well. My custom blend of sorghum, millet and brown rice flours is my favorite. See the notes in the recipe for a super simple DIY gluten-free flour blend or my post on gluten-free flour mixes and blends.
If you prefer a store bought blend, I recommend King Arthur Flour All Purpose Gluten-Free flour or King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour. Omit the xanthan gum in the recipe if your flour mix contains inulin, xanthan gum or guar gum.
Strawberry Bar Variations
- Tropical – Add 1/2 c shredded coconut to the crumble topping and use pineapple jam in place of the strawberry jam.
- Peach-Ginger – Add 1/2 tsp ground ginger to the crumb/crust recipe and use peach jam in place of the strawberry.
- Use just about any fruit jam in place of the strawberry or even mix 2 jams together, Strawberry jam with orange marmalade is a great combination,