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 8x8 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!