Fruit Filled Gluten-Free Oatmeal Squares


These gluten-free oatmeal squares are perfect for back to school lunch boxes! They are free of top allergens (yes, they are even safe for peanut- and tree nut-free policies), and spiked with oats for a hint of health in a delicious treat.

Fruit-Filled Gluten-Free Oatmeal Squares

These gluten-free oatmeal squares offer a mere taste of the goodies in Chrystal Carver’s new cookbook, Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking: Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less

Sweet and Simple Gluten-Free Baking - with sample Gluten-Free Oatmeal Squares RecipeSweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking contains 75 gluten-free recipes, most of which are rich with dairy, including butter, milk, and cream cheese. But Chrystal has gone out of her way to test dairy-free options for many of the recipes. 45 of the recipes in Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking have a tested dairy-free option using dairy alternatives (like these gluten-free oatmeal squares) and a few are even naturally dairy-free, including the:

  • Chocolate Vegan Cupcakes
  • Pumpkin Cupcakes
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Gingersnaps

For more information and easy gluten-free recipes from Chrystal, visit her blog at

Special Diet Notes & Options: Gluten-Free Oatmeal Squares

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free (see note), vegan, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly.

I’m sharing this recipe on Shirley’s awesome Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten Free Easily.

Fruit Filled Oatmeal Squares
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This recipe is from Chrystal Carver's new cookbook, Sweet & Simple Gluten-Free Baking: Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less. Photo by Mary Bernsen.
Serves: 24 small bars
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend*
  • 1 cup certified gluten-free quick-cooking oats
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup dairy-free margarine (1 stick - such as Earth Balance), room temperature
  • 10 ounces strawberry, raspberry or blackberry jam
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Position the oven rack in center of oven. Grease a 9x9-inch pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour blend, oats, brown sugar and baking soda. Cut in the margarine until the flour mixture looks crumbly. Reserve half of the crumbly flour mixture for the topping.
  3. Press the remaining flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread fruit jam on top. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture on top of the fruit jam.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.
*For this recipe, Chrystal uses her all-purpose gluten-free rice flour blend that has been prepared in advance. Rather than making a whole batch, you can scale it down to ½ cup white rice flour or brown rice flour + ¼ cup tapioca starch + ¼ cup potato starch.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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