These cold sweet honey oatmeal bars with coconut cream topping underneath layers of berries is the perfect red white, and blue themed treat!
Today I’ve got a quick post for you with a delicious recipe for these vegan red, white, and blue “flag” cookie bars. This recipe is both vegan and top 8 free, well except for the coconut cream. Side note, FDA considers coconut a nut but most botanists and food allergists do not. Little man did fine with coconut in my diet, so we’ve thankfully been able to use it (see post on breastfeeding a baby with food allergies)!
Another fun fact, I love American themed holidays. Fourth of July is my favorite, but I also love the chance to take a moment to be grateful on Memorial Day and Veterans Day for the people who make living in this free country possible. We aren’t perfect, and we will have our differences, but it’s our right to have differences that make this land such a great place to live.
I’ll leave you with another photo of these delicious no bake cookie bars! Let me know if you try them this weekend!
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Vegan Red, White, & Blue "Flag" Cookie Bars
- Place two cans of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.
- Scrap the top part - the cream out of each can. Stir in a bowl with honey/brown rice syrup and vanilla extract. Place the bowl back in the refrigerator (or even the freezer to make it easier to spread.)
- Grind 1 cup of rolled oats in a food processor to make oat flour for two minutes. Add remaining rolled oats, sunflower seed butter, honey (brown rice syrup), and chopped up dates. Run the food processor until the cookie dough forms. l
- Add wax paper to the bottom of a rectangle pan (mine was 10 x 6)
- Press cookie dough into the pan, spread evenly.
- Spread coconut cream on top of the cookie bars. Now make the flag design by doing a square of blueberries in the top right and red stripes with the strawberries.
- Cut into 16 bars and serve cold right out of the fridge. (Lift wax paper with bars out of the pan and then cut and serve!)
- Feel free to substitute almond butter or peanut butter for sunflower seed butter.
- You could omit the coconut cream and do frosting instead, but these bars are pretty sweet as it is so beware that if you add frosting, it will be SUPER sweet.
- In the bars, do not substitute maple syrup or another sweetener for honey/brown rice syrup. These two sweeteners have a hardening property when cold that will bind the bars and give them shape. Stick with brown rice syrup for vegan or honey for not.
Looking for a slightly healthier, more main course red, white, and blue themed recipe? Try my All American Bacon Salad! (Berry Bacon Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette)