Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars {gluten free; vegan}

These healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars are gluten free, vegan and incredibly easy. With less than 200 calories each, they will fill you up without expanding your waistline!

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars

My number one concern going into Fall is not pumpkin. It’s not even apples or pie.

It is how I am going to get through 6 whole months without peaches?!

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars

I get a little peach obsessed in the summer. At least I started it off healthy with this salad! But then I quickly moved on to more decadent treats like these Peach Crisp Cupcakes.

Peach lovers everywhere rejoice! These healthy bars use dried peaches as the base for a lightly sweetened snack. Though subtle, the peach flavor is definitely present and complimented by the crystallized ginger! The ginger brings the peaches seamlessly into Fall in a way that we will be able to enjoy all winter long!

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars

You will love that these bars are delicious and packed with healthy ingredients like coconut oil, flax seeds, ginger, fruit and nuts!  The whole recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of honey and no refined sugar. You can feel good about adding these gluten free, vegan bars to your diet!

http://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/07/collard-green-salad-vidalia-onion-peach-glazed-chicken/

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars {gluten free; vegan}

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 Bars

Calories per serving: 195

Healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars {gluten free; vegan}

These healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars are gluten free, vegan and incredibly easy. With less than 200 calories each, they will fill you up without expanding your waistline! The dried peach base makes for a delightfully fruity bar!

Ingredients

  • 12 dried peach halves (no added sugar)
  • 2 ½ cups dried oats, ground in a food processor
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup oat bran
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup toasted pecans, ground in the food processor
  • ¼ cup toasted cashew nuts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried pineapple, finely chopped
  • ½ cup minced crystallized ginger, measured after mincing (the less added sugar, the better)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoon local honey (I use wildflower)
  • ~ ¼ cup reserved peach cooking liquid

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place dried peaches in a small saucepan and cover with water until the water is approximately ½ inch above the fruit. Place over medium-high heat just until it comes to a low boil, turn down the heat to a low-simmer and simmer until plump. I let mine simmer for at least 30 minutes, but 20 will be okay. Because of the long simmer time, I set the peaches on before I begin measuring or chopping any other ingredient.
  3. Place all other ingredients through ginger in a large mixing bowl. Make sure that the pineapple is very finely chopped because you just want the sweetness from the pineapple but not an actual pineapple flavor.
  4. Place plump peaches in the bowl of a food processor, reserving the cooking liquid. Process the peaches until completely smooth, adding some reserved cooking liquid if necessary. The liquid will help them puree. It should look like baby food.
  5. Add the puree, coconut oil and honey to the large bowl and mix with a large wooden spoon. If needed add some of the reserved cooking liquid. In the 3 test batches I made, I needed about ¼ cup additional liquid. You want the “batter” to be cohesive but not extremely sticky or wet.
  6. Press into the prepared pan with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  7. Let cool and then cut into bars.

Notes:

Store at room temperature for up to a week or in the freezer for several months. Wrap in wax paper and then place in a freezer bag prior to freezing. Take them out individual to thaw at room temperature! I measured all ingredients before they were processed or chopped except the ginger.

http://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/09/healthy-ginger-peach-oat-bars-gluten-free-vegan/

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Comments

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I know. Totally sad. But I guess I need to break out the pumpkin and apples! It would help if we could start getting more decent apples down here in the South. Grrr. Thanks for the pin!

  1. says

    *moaning* Oh heck yes I am going to miss peaches! Definitely one of the tastiest parts about summer. ;) Happy news? We now have these bars so maybe that will make up for the fact that peaches are soon leaving us—Oh, how I’d love to sink my teeth into a few of these gorgeous ‘thangs this morning! ;)
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  2. says

    Dried peaches and crystallized ginger? I’m impressed! That combo sounds delicious…and perfect for Fall. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I miss southern peaches! I actually found some SC peaches at Walmart up here and I stocked up…but that was a while back. Let’s make a deal–you send me peaches and I’ll send you apples. K?
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  3. says

    Now you are just being mean. You’re making me crave peaches when I’m up to my knees in apples and dreaming about pumpkins! I can only keep so many recipes and fruits in my head Miss Lindsey! Hahaha! Now, I’m adding another luscious recipe to my list. I am *loving* the looks of these, and those succulent peaches are seriously making me drool. I need to go clean my computer screen now. :-) LOL! Pinned so I can make these soon!!!
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Haha! Just store these bars away for the winter when you are fully sick of apples and pumpkin and need a little something different! Thanks for the pin!

  4. says

    Yum! These bars look incredible! I’m just really sad I don’t have a lot of the ingredients right now, but I definitely need to try these! I’ve been having too much junk food since school’s started O__O but these look way better than the chocolate chip cookies I’ve been eating lol.
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  5. says

    I was totally nodding along about the peaches – they’re my favorite summer fruit and I will definitely y miss them too :( These bars look like the perfect way to keep enjoying peaches all year long though. Love that you used dried peaches – such a great idea and they sound amazing with the crystallized ginger! Can’t wait to try these out – pinning :)
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