Do you love caramel, pears, or maple syrup? How about combined with each other? If so, then you must try this vegan desert. These vegan sweeteners paired up make for a great team to serve you and all your dessert cravings.

Caramel Pear Oat Squares [Vegan]

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Calories

498

Serves

7

Cooking Time

30

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (mix 1 tablespoon flax seeds, grounded, with 3 tablespoon water)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon buttery spread, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon plant-based milk
  • 2 pears, peeled, thinly sliced and chopped in 1-inch pieces)

Caramel:

  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon smooth cashew butter (or peanut butter)
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Preparation

  1. Make the flax egg and set aside.
  2. Line a 9 x 9 square pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
  3. In a bowl, mix oats, flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
  4. In a second bowl, mix flax egg, melted earth balance, maple syrup, vanilla and milk.
  5. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix, using your hands if necessary.
  6. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture and pour the rest in the pan.
  7. Wet your hands and press the mixture down. Place chopped pears on top.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F and prepare caramel.
  9. In a small saucepan, bring brown rice syrup and vegan butter to a boil.
  10. Stir well and reduce to medium heat. Stir for a couple of minutes.
  11. Add fleur de sel, maple syrup and nut butter and continue stirring until mixture gets thick (at least 5 minutes). It is important to stir constantly or the caramel will burn.
  12. Pour caramel everywhere over pears. You won’t be able to spread it after since it hardens quickly.
  13. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture on top.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes, then place in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  15. Remove gently from pan (lift with the parchment paper) and keep in fridge until ready to serve.
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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 498 | Carbs: 66 g | Fat: 27 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 863 mg | Sugar: 39 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.