Nutella-Swirled Cherry Bars (Gluten-free)


Here is another recipe to add to your Valentine’s Day dessert options. This bar is almost decadent and almost like a blondie but is has chocolate, cherries and lots of flavor. It is also vegan and gluten-free!

You can make these gluten-free with store-bought Nutella as well if you do not have the time to make your own.

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Nutella-Swirled Cherry Bars

by Noelle Kelly
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake raw roast dessert gluten-free vegan cashews cherries bars
Ingredients (9 bars)

    For Brownies

    • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
    • 1 cup applesauce
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1 flax “egg”
    • 2 Tablespoons flax seed meal + 6
    • Tablespoons warm water
    • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
    • 1 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free AllPurpose Flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ¾ cup dried sweetened cherries
    • 6 Tablespoons homemade Nutella

    Homemade Nutella(make the night before)

    • 1 cup cashews, toasted
    • ¾ cup almond milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 Tablespoons powdered soy milk
    • 6 Tablespoons organic cocoa powder
    • 10 Tablespoons agave nectar

    Homemade Nutella

    Prepare raw nutella the night before. Toast the cashews for 15-20 minutes on a baking sheet in a preheated oven 400F. Remove from oven and let the nuts cool. 

    Add the nuts ad the rest of the ingredients to a food processor or high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

    For Brownies

    Preheat oven to 350 degree and spray a 9×9 dish with non-stick spray.

    In a medium, prepare the flax “egg” and set aside for 3 minutes. Add applesauce, maple syrup, and extract to the flax “egg” and mix well. Add melted coconut oil last.

    In separate bowl, mix the gluten-free flour, baking powder. Add to the liquid mixture and mix well. Add the cherries to the mixture and stir until evenly mixed. Pour HALF the mixture into the 9×9 dish and add 3 Tablespoons of Nutella to the middle of the mixture. Swirl with a knife.

    Add the remaining dough on top and add 3 more generous Tablespoons of Nutella and swirl with a fork or knife across in one direction and then the opposite way.

    Bakefor 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5-7 minutes. Slice into 9 pieces.

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    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

      Hot damn! I do love me some Nutella. Never paired it with cherries before!

    • Art You Dream About

      This looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it

    • Katherine Martinelli

      Yummm – I love nutella as much as I love peanut butter and these look amazing!! Awesome that they are gluten free as well. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Charissa

      I’m impressed at how you made these into healthy bars! Nice job!

    • Erica

      You had me at homemade nutella! I want to try doing that alone!

    • Noelle

      Thank you ladies!!

    • Matt @ RecipeLion

      This dessert looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package:

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