Gluten-Free Chai Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

September is here! And that means one thing: it’s time for all the cozy flavors. There is nothing more comforting than a warm chai latte on a blustery Fall morning. Okay, there’s one thing. These Gluten-Free Chai Oatmeal Breakfast Bars!

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Just look at that beautiful oat texture! These bars are essentially baked oatmeal but with tons of extra flavor, more chewy, and packed with even more goodness. The best part is, they can be vegan if you omit the collagen and they are packed with plant-based protein. And, they make the perfect Fall meal prep!

What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal?

If baked oatmeal isn’t your thing, then I dare you to try these gluten-free oat bars! They are more of a cross between a blondie and oatmeal than just straight up baked oatmeal, which is a more appealing texture for some people. These bars are moist and the warm notes of cinnamon and cloves with the spicy ginger work splendid together.

Chai Oatmeal Bars are a healthy Fall breakfast.

These oatmeal bars are healthy for the body and the soul! The most important thing to me is that the foods I share with you are easy to make, contain accessible ingredients, and are fun! Because of this, I want to share lots of cozy easy recipes with you this fall. Starting with these bars. The flavor of chai comes through in these bars in the most beautiful way. It reminds me of a gorgeous latte or cozy morning by the fire. Topped with vegan whipped cream, these are absolutely good for the soul. And, these may be considered healthy for your body. These oatmeal bars contain lots of complex carbs, healthy fats, and plant-based protein. Now, I’m no dietician, but I do know a yummy and filling breakfast when I see one.

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Gluten-Free Chai Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These gluten-free chai oatmeal breakfast bars are easy to make, taste fantastic, and are healthy for your body and your soul! They can also be made vegan.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 34 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter or other neutral nut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup almond milk

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats

Optional

  • 1 scoop Doctor's Best Collagen
  • 1 scoop Designer Protein vanilla plant based protein

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  • Grease a 7x10 baking pan (or 9x13 but bars will be thinner).
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla. Once smooth, stir in milk.
  • Gently stir in all the dry ingredients until just combined. Add your collagen and protein here if desired.
  • Add batter to greased dish and bake for 22-25 minutes
  • Let cool, then cut and serve with vegan whipped cream or toppings of choice.
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Vegan S’mores Banana Bread Bars

Vegan S’mores Banana Bread Bars. Need I say more? Banana bread never gets old, but I love creating fun new flavor combinations for it. This one is an ode to the end of summer and the start of Fall! It’s an odd transition time, but nothing that banana bread can’t get us through.

vegan banana bread topped with chocolate and vegan marshmallows for a healthy fun breakfast

Let’s be honest. Banana bread deserves to be doused in chocolate and vegan marshmallows. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s perfect for sharing with loved ones. Or, it’s even more perfect for eating all yourself!

Do you find yourself in this awkward time period in early September where you’re not ready to say bye to summer but you are ready to welcome Fall? These Vegan S’mores Banana Bread Bars are the best way to get the best of both worlds. With the wonderful summer flavor of s’mores and the cozy fall vibes with banana bread, you can enjoy everything in one.

Vegan Banana Bread Bars are better than regular banana bread.

Banana bread is great, you know? But I like it even more in bar form. It is easier to transport, to snack on, and to have a larger chocolate to banana bread ratio. And let’s be honest, it’s all about the chocolate here! Okay, and the marshmallows. It’s definitely about the marshmallows.

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vegan banana bread topped with chocolate and vegan marshmallows for a healthy fun breakfast

Vegan S'mores Banana Bread Bars

Vegan s'mores banana bread bars are an ode to the end of summer and the beginning of Fall. Make this your new favorite breakfast idea!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Toppings

  • 2 bars chocolate
  • 1/2 cup mini vegan marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  • Grease 8x8 pan.
  • In large bowl, beat together wet ingredients until smooth.
  • Sift in dry ingredients along with that 1/2 cup almond milk and stir until a batter forms.
  • Pour batter into pan. Top with chocolate bars of choice to cover the surface and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Top that with vegan marshmallows and broil or torch them. Let cool COMPLETELY before cutting and serving.
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Vegan Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake Bars

Vegan coffee cake is a breakfast and brunch staple. Especially on Mother’s Day! Growing up, Starbucks had some of my favorite coffee cake. I can’t get enough of the crumble topping! Obviously, that recipe is not vegan so I had to do my own healthy vegan take on it.
vegan blueberry coffee cake bars stacked 2 on each other with the rest in a glass pan in the background.

Vegan Coffee Cake is the key to happiness

I’m not wrong, am I? There’s something about eating cake for breakfast that feels so indulgent, but this vegan blueberry coffee cake is a little more wholesome, packed with nutrients from the blueberries, and still tastes just as fabulous. I love the pop of color the blueberries give this vegan breakfast recipe, making it perfect for a special Mother’s Day brunch but easy enough to make as a weekday breakfast meal prep.

I call these coffee cake bars because I prefer my coffee cake in “snackin” form, meaning it is dense enough to eat with your hands. Who has time to use utensils anyways?! Just kidding, we do use utensils around here, but it feels so fun to eat breakfast with your hands! I love the moisture that the bananas bring to this coffee cake without making it too banana-y. Toss in some fresh blueberries, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful yet easy breakfast or brunch recipe.

To me, vegan baking is all about making recipes that many people can enjoy even if they have food allergies or intolerances. What’s a Mother’s Day brunch or summer get-together without having some food that many people can enjoy?! Plus, I bet your family and friends won’t even know this coffee cake is vegan. Be sure to check out my other vegan breakfast recipes on the blog, and as always, be sure to tag me on instagram at maggiebakesgrace if you enjoy this recipe or recreate it!

vegan blueberry coffee cake bars stacked 2 on each other with the rest in a glass pan in the background.

Vegan Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake Bars

These moist vegan coffee cake bars are studded with blueberries and topped with a gorgeous crumble topping. No one will know they are vegan, and they are dense and moist enough to eat with your hands!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

Coffee Cake Batter

  • 2 bananas medium and ripe
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup oil neutral
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder plant-based
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Crumble Topping

  • 6 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, mash your bananas. Pour in almond milk, oil and vanilla and stir until fully combined. Sift in the flour, sugar, baking powder, protein powder, and salt.
  • Once dry ingredients are almost fully combined in batter, stir in the blueberries. Stir just to combine.
  • Pour batter into greased 13x9inch pan.
  • Create crumble topping by mixing together the melted vegan butter, coconut sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add this on top of the batter in the pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting and enjoying!
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Caramelized Banana Vegan Breakfast Bowl

This Caramelized Banana Vegan Breakfast Bowl is a great way to use up leftover rice. It is a sweet, comforting, hearty breakfast that is easy to customize and easy to keep vegan and gluten-free! Warm creamy rice meets spicy cinnamon, sweet maple syrup, and deep caramelized bananas in a beautiful Coconut Bowl. You could add whatever spices and toppings you want to make this bowl the breakfast of your dreams.hand holds a coconut vegan breakfast bowl filled with warmed rice, non dairy yogurt, and caramelized banana. Brown wooden table and sliced banana are shown in the background

One of my coziest memories from childhood is waking up on an early Winter school morning. My dad would build us a fire in the fireplace, and my mom would heat up rice with butter, cinnamon and sugar for breakfast. If you’ve never had rice this way, you are SERIOUSLY missing out. It is the definition of comfort. In this bowl, I reheat it with a bit of oat milk as well and it is truly a beautiful combination.

Why you need this vegan breakfast bowl

I love my mom’s classic sweet rice, but I also love elevating it a bit for a more nourishing breakfast bowl. Combined with non-dairy yogurt and deep caramelized banana, it feels a little fancier and tastes a little more wholesome while maintaining the same comfort. The best part of this breakfast bowl is that the caramelized banana takes no time at all! By no time I mean less than 5 minutes. You just throw your ingredients into a hot pan for a few minutes and boom, delicious caramelized banana!

Now, I know we all love our oatmeal here, but there’s something about the rice that just adds some nice variety! It has a similar vibe to oatmeal, but honestly is a great way to change it up, and is just as (if not more) cost effective. Be sure to tag me on instagram at maggiebakesgrace if you make your own caramelized banana vegan breakfast bowl!

vegan breakfast bowl served in a coconut bowl filled with warmed rice, non dairy yogurt, and caramelized banana. Brown wooden table and sliced banana are shown in the background

Caramelized Banana Vegan Breakfast Bowl

This cozy vegan breakfast bowl is ideal any time of year. Warm notes of cinnamon and maple syrup combine with caramelized banana over warmed leftover rice for a beautiful meal!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

Rice Base

  • 1 cup leftover cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

Caramelized Banana

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Build your bowl

  • 1 cup non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 Brazil nut garnish

Instructions
 

Rice base

  • Add all rice base ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes on High, where some of the oat milk boils off and rice is heated through.

Caramelized Banana

  • Add the vegan butter and maple syrup to a medium high heated pan. Let melt together then add in 1 sliced banana, so each slice has a flat side down.
  • Let the banana cook in the sauce for 2 minutes, flip over to the other side, and sprinkle on cinnamon. Let cook for 2 more minutes then remove from heat.

Build Your Bowl

  • Add the creamy warm rice base to a bowl. Add some non-dairy yogurt of choice.
  • Top with caramelized banana and garnish of choice. Enjoy!
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