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Vegan 7-Layer Bars (gluten-free)

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 1 hour


These decadent 7-layer bars are SO rich but full of simple ingredients you likely have in the pantry! Totally vegan and ready in under an hour.


  • For crust:
  • 1 TBS flax seed + 3 TBS water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 TBS maple syrup
  • 4 TBS melted coconut oil
  • For caramel:
  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained
  • 4 TBS water
  • Pinch salt
  • For toppings:
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup drippy almond butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut whipped cream (I purchase mine from Whole Foods)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Combine your flax seeds and water in a small cup and set aside. Using your food processor, pulse oats and nuts until mealy. Add flax mixture, salt, maple syrup, and coconut oil and blend until combined and sticky. Transport mixture to a parchment-lined 8 x 8 pan and press down evenly until a complete crust is formed. Bake for 13 minutes and set aside.
  2. While crust is baking, add your soaked dates back into the food processor and blend with a little bit of water. They should form a smooth paste; add more water if necessary. Throw in a pinch of salt and blend once more.
  3. The most fun part — layering! Spread first a layer of date caramel over your entire crust. Sprinkle walnuts and then drizzle nut butter evenly across top (it does not need to be perfectly even). Using a big spoon, plop some globs of whipped cream and spread around. Finish with equal sprinklings of coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Reduce the heat in your oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 13 minutes more, taking care that your coconut does not burn.  Remove from oven and let cool completely for 30 minutes. Slice into bar size of choice and dig in!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert