Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Vegan Gluten-Free
Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, but Better
The holidays are in full swing and I am loving all of the holiday desserts I’ve been making. I love re-creating recipes that we all love and adore but with simpler ingredients. This version of the cranberry bliss bar is both vegan and gluten-free and is made with healthier ingredients.
This is one of my favorite desserts to make for the holidays. The cranberry bliss bars are perfect for Christmas parties, and now you can make an entire batch at home all while skipping the line and saving your money at Starbucks!
Vegan and Gluten-free Cranberry Bliss Bars
This Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar was highly requested, however, I love to be inclusive to every diet and lifestyle, so I made them vegan and gluten-free so everyone can give this recipe a try.
gluten-free flour- I used a gluten-free flour blend for this recipe. My favorite brands are Bobs Red Mill and King Arthur. Both can be purchased in-store or online. I usually buy in bulk on amazon.
vegan sugar– Most sugars that are white, are processed with animal bone char- making them not suitable for vegan lifestyles. My favorite brand is wholesome sweeteners.
brown sugar– brown sugar combined with the cane sugar really adds a great flavor and texture to the vanilla cake, which is the base of these bars.
baking powder- Since there are no eggs in this recipe, baking powder will help make the vanilla cake rise during baking time.
almond milk + 1 tsp apple cider vinegar– this mixture of the almond milk and apple cider vinegar helps create a vegan buttermilk. This also adds to the fluffiness of the vanilla cake texture.
vegan butter– vegan butter combined with the sugars adds to the texture of the vanilla cake. I love the brand miykonos. If you aren’t vegan you can use regular butter.
orange zest– orange zest is sprinkled on top of the finished product for a tangy citrus flavor.
dried cranberries– dried cranberries will both be adding to the vanilla cake base and then sprinkled on top.
vegan white chocolate chips– vegan white chocolate chips will also be added to the base and you have the option to drizzle on top. I thought this bliss bar was plenty sweet so I skipped the additional drizzle and only added in pascha vegan white chocolate chips to the base.
tools you’ll need to make these cranberry bliss bars
Here are some kitchen tools I recommend that will help make this copycat starbucks cranberry bliss bar a success:
Two mixing bowls- one large and one medium sized mixing bowls.
Whisk– whisk is best for really mixing both the dry and wet ingredients together.
Measuring cups– we will need 1 cup, 3/4 cup, 1/3 cup 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp.
Rubber Spatula– rubber spatula is great for scraping down the sides and smoothing out the vanilla cake before baking.
Parchment Paper or non stick spray– I really recommend parchment paper so that the vanilla cake doesn’t stick to the pan after it’s done baking. Non-stick spray will work as well, but parchment paper makes it easy to remove after it’s done baking.
13×9 Baking Dish– This is the perfect size for the base, you can also use a baking sheet this size if you have one.
Electric Stand or Handheld Mixer– an electric mixer is necessary for blending together the ingredients to make the frosting.
Sharp Knife– A sharp knife to cut the perfect triangles out to create the bliss bars.