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Balsamic Caramel Swirl Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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These Balsamic Caramel Swirl Bars were love at first bite, so I really wanted to share them with you. The bars are thin, a little chewy, and just really good, but it’s the balsamic caramel swirl that steals the show. I adore fruit with balsamic and really balsamic with anything, and the swirl gives these an extra kick!

Balsamic Caramel Swirl Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]




  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup baking stevia
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 3 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the oat flour, stevia, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix.
  3. Add in the applesauce, vanilla extract, and almond milk. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour into an 8×8 baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread evenly. Set aside.
  5. To make the caramel, add the dates, water, and balsamic to a food processor and process until smooth.
  6. Dollop spoonfuls of the caramel on top of the batter in the baking tray and swirl with a butter knife.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on a cooling rack before slicing into 9 bars.
  9. Enjoy!





Leah is the plant based foodie behind Love Me, Feed Me. Leah created her blog to share her passion for healthier sweet treats and plant-based eats. When Leah isn’t in the kitchen, she is most likely photographing food, reading food blogs, or perusing the library for new cookbooks. Other than recipes, Leah loves to share about her travels (especially about the food), ramblings about self-love, and pictures of her kitty.



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1 Years Ago

So, I just made these. They\'re okay. From the picture, you\'d think these were a decadent treat, but really they\'re more like a side dish. The texture of the bars is cakey, not brownie-ish. The flavor of the bars is very bland. The "caramel" addition, well, if you like vinegar then you might like it. I couldn\'t stand it and threw it out and remade the "caramel" without the vinegar. The term "caramel" is not very accurate as it turns out more like applesauce. Overall, they\'re not terrible, but since I was making these as a treat to take to an open-house, I was very disappointed.


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