Strawberry Crumble Bars – Vegan and easy

Sweet and sour vegan strawberry crumble bars that don't require eggs or dairy. They are vegan, easy to make and great for breakfast or snack at school/work.
vegan strawberry crumble bars

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If you ask me, I love a quick and delicious breakfast that is like dessert to start my day. Because.. who doesn’t like to have dessert for breakfast really? I don’t mind it everyday! Do you agree? Yay we are best friends already!

I think it’s the best thing when those dessert like breakfast meets lots of fruits and fibre in them, it makes my delicious dessert-like breakfast even better and nutritious! And these vegan strawberry crumble bars tick all the boxes. They are easy to make, sweet and tart, deliciously crumbly and just yummy. 

vegan strawberry crumble bars

My first strawberry crumble bars

The first time I made something like these vegan strawberry crumble bars was back in London. Because fruits and vegetables are sooo much cheaper than they are in Tokyo, I used to buy them in bulk at markets and it would be the happiest day of the week when I go to grocery shopping.

After cooking and baking for 4-5 days, I would have quite a bit of fruits and veggies that need to be used before going bad so my go to was to make jams or make smoothies with them.

And it was this one cold winter morning that I felt like making something a bit different. So I was looking online to see if there was something I could make out of these figs and strawberries I had in the fridge. Then I came across with some baked fruit dishes.

The way I made my first baked fruit bars was a lot different to this recipe… I used A LOT of sugar, dairy butter and rum that I had in my cupboard. So it was almost like a Christmas pudding but was out-of-the-world delicious!

What you need for the vegan strawberry crumble bars

I think what made my first baked fruit bars was the sugar and butter combination. This combination always makes wonderful harmony. Sugar caramelises the fruits and butter makes the crumble crispy and buttery.. But it’s not the best healthy combination out there, for sure.

When I started baking back in London, I didn’t really care about the ingredients I was using. I would use whatever  a recipe I found would call for.

But now that I have more knowledge and wisdom to not use any animal products in my recipes AND make them delicious, here’s everything you need to make these lovely vegan strawberry crumble bars.

1. Vegan butter

What an age, there are so many vegan butter options! My favourite vegan butter here in Japan is this Soy Butter which you can find here. This one is great on toasts as a substitute of dairy butter, and also a great replacement in baking too.

In the UK I used to use Earth Balance Buttery Spread series which you can find here! They have quite a variety of vegan butter spreads made from different plant ingredients. They have even more choices now so I have to try new ones!

2. Sugar

For this recipe, pretty much any kind of sugar works, but I went for brown sugar this time for a richer flavour in the crust and crumble. I also used brown sugar to make the strawberry filling and the richness of brown sugar and strawberry makes the best sour and sweet flavour!

3. Fresh strawberries

If you can, use fresh strawberries for this vegan strawberry crumble bar recipe, it is highly recommended. I knoooow it is a little bit of work to cut the top of strawberries and then cut into pieces, and just throwing some frozen strawberries into a sauce pan seems much easier.

But using frozen strawberries makes the filling too thin because of the ice flakes that form around strawberries in the freezer. Fresh strawberries make better and tastier filling for the vegan strawberry crumble bars!

4. Oats

We are using rolled oats and oat flour for this vegan strawberry crumble bar recipe. You can make your own oat flour by throwing some rolled oats into your food processor and process until it’s powdery flour. I always make my own oat flour from rolled oats!

Alternatively, you can buy oat flour in a packet such as this one. With store bought oat flour oats are already processed into fine flour so you don’t need to process by yourself in your food processor.

vegan strawberry crumble bars
vegan strawberry crumble bars

How to make these vegan strawberry crumble bars gluten-free

For those who are following gluten-free diet, good news! it is super easy to make it gluten-free. Simply swap with gluten-free rolled oats and oat flour! I don’t have intolerance to gluten, however, when I do buy gluten-free oats I go for this bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats.

It taste exactly the same as ordinary oats. Hearty, slightly chunky, creamy and delicious! You can make oat flour out of this gluten-free rolled oats, or alternatively, use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oat flour for this vegan strawberry crumble bars.

How to store the vegan strawberry crumble bars

This recipe makes about 6 bars so if you calculate, it makes almost one week worth of breakfast! Yay. I love keeping them in the freezer from the day one as it keeps them fresh and I can take one out whenever I want to eat them!

To keep in the freezer, put them in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 2-3 month. Don’t forget to slice it into bars before freezing! So that you can take one bar each time you want to eat them.

If you think you will finish eating the vegan strawberry crumble bars within 2-3 days, you can also store them in the fridge. Put them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. 

Toppings for these vegan strawberry crumble bars

This vegan strawberry crumble bar recipe uses minimal sweetener to enhance the flavour of fresh strawberries. So some of you might want to sweeten a little more depending on how sweet your sweet tooth is.

I love having my vegan strawberry crumble bars with a scoop of vegan ice cream, drizzle of maple syrup, morasses, etc. when I want it to be sweeter.

You can also put it in a bowl, sprinkle a spoon full of brown sugar and pour some plant milk and have it like porridge! You can pour plant milk over a warm strawberry crumble bar in winter when it’s cold out side, or you can chill a bar in the fridge then pour some plant milk in summer as a cold porridge!

You will LOVE these vegan strawberry crumble bars because they are:

– sweet and tart
– crispy on the outside
– easy to make
– vegan
– delicious
– quick breakfast

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Strawberry Crumble Bars – Vegan and easy

What you need:

For the crumble

  • 2 cups (220g) oat flour
  • 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (140g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100ml) melted vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the strawberry filling

  • 300g fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Tools:

  • Food processor (if making your own oat flour)
  • Square baking tin

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven 180C(365F)
  2. First let’s make the filling! Cut the strawberries into small pieces. I cut them into quarters.
  3. In a large bow, mix the corn starch and lemon juice very well until you can’t see any corn starch lumps, then toss in the strawberries, brown sugar and vanilla extract and toss and mix well with a large wooden spoon until strawberries are coated well.
  4. Transfer into a sauce pan and cook on the medium heat. Turn the heat down to low when boiled and cook further for about 3-5 mins, stirring consistently to avoid burning on the bottom. Set aside.
  5. To make the crumble, simply mix all the ingredients for the crumble in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisker or large wooden spoon.
  6. To assemble, put half of the crumble mix into a square baking tin. Press the mix down firmly with your finger. 
  7. Pour the strawberry filling over the crumble base evenly and smooth out with a wooden spoon.
  8. For the last layer, crumble in the remaining half of the crumble mix with your finger. You don’t need to press or smooth out, just randomly sprinkle evenly the crumble mix and that’s all good!
  9. Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until the top is golden brown.
  10. Let it cool completely before cutting into bars.
  11. Enjoy with some maple syrup, vegan ice cream, some plant milk, or just on its own!

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Useful cooking tool for this recipe

Square tin

Square tins like this one here will do a brilliant work!

This one is 8inch wide so I think slightly wider than mine, so if you are using this size try baking for 23 mins instead of 25mins.

Mine has a removable loose bottom like the one on the right, which is very useful because it’s much easier to take out brownies and cakes!

And this one is CHAMPAGNE GOLD. How pretty is that!

Food processor

To make oat flour, I use my KitchenAid food processor!

If you are looking for a good but not pricy food processor, This one is very affordable and do a really good job. I use this to ground nuts, make nut butters, cake fillings, pesto, basically you can make anything with this!

Mine is white like the one in the picture but they have a selection of colours to choose from, like red, green etc. so you can go for the one that suits your kitchen theme colour:)

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Strawberry crumble bars - vegan and healthy

Sweetn and sour strawberry crumble bars that do not require eggs or dairy.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: easy, gluten-free option, simple, vegan
Servings: 6 bars

Equipment

  • Food processor (if making your own oat flour)
  • Square baking tin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (220g) oat flour
  • 1 cup (90g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (140g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100ml) melted vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the strawberry filling

  • 300g fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 180C(365F)
  • First let's make the filling! Cut the strawberries into small pieces. I cut them into quarters.
  • In a large bow, mix the corn starch and lemon juice very well until you can't see any corn starch lumps, then toss in the strawberries, brown sugar and vanilla extract and toss and mix well with a large wooden spoon until strawberries are coated well.
  • Transfer into a sauce pan and cook on the medium heat. Turn the heat down to low when boiled and cook further for about 3-5 mins, stirring consistently to avoid burning on the bottom. Set aside.
  • To make the crumble, simply mix all the ingredients for the crumble in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisker or large wooden spoon.
  • To assemble, put half of the crumble mix into a square baking tin. Press the mix down firmly with your finger. 
  • Pour the strawberry filling on the crumble base evenly and smooth out with a wooden spoon.
  • For the last layer, crumble in the remaining half of the crumble mix with your finger. You don't need to press or smooth out, just randomly sprinkle evenly the crumble mix and that's all good!
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until the top is golden brown.
  • Let it cool completely before cutting into bars.
  • Enjoy with some maple syrup, vegan ice cream, some plant milk, or just on its own!
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14 Comments

  1. chasinpalmtrees
    7 August 2020 / 4:01 pm

    Omg these remind me of the blueberry oatbars from starbucks! Looks so yummy :))

    • Maiko
      Author
      8 August 2020 / 2:39 pm

      Ahh you are right! I should try and make a blueberry one!! Thank you☺️

  2. Ruth
    7 August 2020 / 4:19 pm

    These look incredible!! 🤤

    • Maiko
      Author
      8 August 2020 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you Ruth❤️

  3. gigissudsintheshower
    7 August 2020 / 9:33 pm

    YUM! I love anything with strawberries!

    • Maiko
      Author
      8 August 2020 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you! I love anything and everything with strawberries too!

  4. 7 August 2020 / 9:46 pm

    What an awesome post! I am a baker, but admittedly I don’t know much about vegan or alternative baking, so this was extremely interesting to read! And your pictures make me want to make this right away! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Maiko
      Author
      8 August 2020 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you Rachel for your kind words! It’s awesome that you are a baker, I have always wanted to work in a bakery but never got the chance, so I became a home baker haha! Let me know when you make these, I would love to know your take on this!

  5. Louise
    8 August 2020 / 3:11 am

    These look soooo yum! always looking for new recipes that are GF and DF!

    • Maiko
      Author
      8 August 2020 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you Louise! I am posting more GF plant-based recipes so stay tuned!

    • Maiko
      Author
      8 August 2020 / 2:46 pm

      Thank you Alexandra! Let me know when you make this, I hope you will like them!

  6. 9 August 2020 / 11:35 pm

    Looks soooo good!

    • Maiko
      Author
      12 August 2020 / 8:50 am

      Thank you for your kind comment Hong! It looks good and taste good too☺️

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