Nut free vegan fruit slice is a healthier treat option with a bit of a festive feel! Gluten free and dairy free with loads of natural sweetness from dried fruit, bananas and coconut flour. Throw in some cranberries or goji berries to give it a little holiday cheer with for a Christmas sweet treat!
Note: this is an older recipe of mine (originally published December 2015) which has had a significant revamp! After re-testing the original nut free vegan fruit slice that appeared in this post, I knew I could improve it (after a few more years baking experience). I think this slice is now more dense, fruity and delicious! Combining coconut flour, brown rice flour and yummy fruit for a healthier sweet treat.
When a recipe starts off with “nut free vegan” – especially a baking recipe – you’re tempted to ask, err what’s left, right?! But please don’t let these qualifications turn you off, because this nut free vegan fruit slice is super tasty and can definitely be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. Whether or not you’re avoiding nuts, dairy, gluten…or you love all of those things!
As we’re getting quite shockingly close to Christmas now (WHERE has this year gone) I wanted to make something a little fruity and festive. A nice kind of sweet treat that’s got a healthier spin on it, is easy to make and perfect for sharing. Studded with colourful dried fruit, my nut free vegan fruit slice is just right for such an occasion. Plus it’s got tahini in there…one of my favourite things to eat, ever.
Instead of using eggs, this nut free vegan fruit slice uses mashed banana and flaxseed to bind the slice. The dough gets kind of wet and sticky, but once you press it down into a baking tray and into the oven the stickiness goes and it forms a beautiful slice. You can use whatever dried fruit you like in here. If you use larger pieces like apricots or dates, I’d recommend chopping them into smaller pieces. And definitely add in some goji berries or cranberries to give it some festive colour!
Nut Free Vegan Fruit Slice
- 2 large overripe bananas - 180 - 200 grams mashed banana
- 1/2 cup coconut flour - 65 grams
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour - 75 grams
- 3 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder (ensure this is gluten free if required)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil - 60 mL
- 1/4 cup tahini - 60 mL (I use hulled tahini)
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup - 60 mL
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp hot water
- 1 and 1/2 cups dried fruit *if you are using goji berries I recommend soaking them first, see notes
- Preheat oven to 160 C and line a square baking tin with baking parchment. I would recommend either a 20cm or 22cm square tin.
- Combine the coconut flour, brown rice flour, flaxseed, spices, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, mash the bananas thoroughly until you get a thick puree and then stir in the melted coconut oil, tahini, brown rice syrup and vanilla.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients; the mixture should be very thick. Fold in all of the dried fruit. As you're mixing, add 3 tablespoons of hot water to help the mixture form a wet, sticky dough.
- Scoop the mixture into the baking tray and press down so the top is even and there are no gaps. (Dampen your fingertips and use them to press the slice down!)
- Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until the slice has started to turn golden brown on top and the edges are darkening.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before slicing. Store the slice in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze for a longer life. (I've found the slice will keep for 2-3 days at room temperature, too.)
Yummy! This looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing, I want to make it for the holidays!
Thanks so much Carrie! Yes this is a perfect treat for the holiday season 🙂
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
These are so pretty and I bet super yummy. Your photos are always so beautiful, love the petals and seeds on there … and now I’m craving cherries 😉
🙂 Emily thank you so very much. I’m always so encouraged by you! It’s just leading into cherry season in Australia which is awesome!
What a pretty festive looking treat! They sound so healthy too – which is always a bonus! I have added to my must make Christmas list!
Thanks so much Hope 🙂 For a fruit slice I think these are pretty healthy, there’s lots of fruit sweeteness but not too much else!
Monique, these are beautiful – and I really love the ingredient profile – perfect! I definitely want to make these with my girls!
I’m so happy to read your kind words Renee, thank you so much. Really hope you try these out and please let me know how you go! x
I can’t get over how pretty these are! Love the addition of goji berries. They are my favorite dried fruit.
Thank you so much Jean 🙂 The goji berries are so good in here; especially when they are soaked, they become so plump, pretty and delicious!
What a beautiful dessert! I love those flower petals too 🙂
Thank you Linda! Yes had to sprinkle a few pretty petals on there for good measure 🙂