Gluten-free Apple Walnut Squares

When I renounced gluten I also abandoned rolled oats, but only by default. While oats themselves don’t contain gluten, they are often contaminated because they’re manufactured in facilities that also process things with gluten.

I’ve found it incredibly difficult to find gluten-free rolled oats here in Vancouver, especially since I don’t own a car and can’t drive to every nook and cranny in the city. If any place would have it, I assumed Whole Foods – the bastion of healthy eating – would have an ample supply. Unfortunately, they only carry wheat-free oats, which are quite expensive and I didn’t want to risk buying them if they’re going to make me and the fiancé sick.

Lucky for me, my best friend Jen bought us a huge bag of certified gluten-free rolled oats as part of our holiday gift. She bought them online, something I hadn’t even considered.

Now I can make delicious, oaty goodies – at least until the bag runs out.

These apple walnut squares have no gluten, refined sugar or dairy and were surprisingly good. The sweetness of the dates, blended with the tartness of the apples and the crunch of the oats and walnuts, made for a really tasty treat. And they were utterly simple to make.

In this recipe I substituted brown rice flour for the whole wheat flour to make them gluten-free. I don’t like apple juice and rarely have it in the house, so I used pomegranate juice instead and the recipe seemed no worse for wear.

Gluten-free apple walnut squares
Adapted from Anja’s Food for Thought

2 large apples, grated
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats (I used gluten-free rolled oats)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup chopped dried dates
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Yields 9 squares

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Coat a 8 x 8″ baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes, so the oats and flour can absorb the apple juices. Bake for 30 minutes.

Cut into squares while still warm.

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3 Responses to Gluten-free Apple Walnut Squares

  1. Best friend Jen January 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    Not to worry folks! Sondi will be supplied with another bag of the gluten free oats so as to not hinder her goody baking, so long as we get samples of course…. : )

  2. Lara February 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    This isn’t gluten free – you have whole wheat flour in the recipe.

    • sondibruner February 4, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

      I substituted rice flour for the whole wheat flour – I just put the original recipe in my post.

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