This recipe was inspired by and all but stolen from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's theppk.com. But since I'm doing my best to avoid wheat and gluten, I wanted to provide a GF version of this brilliant baking accomplishment. I highly suggest taking a stroll through The PPK- it's an incredible resource of recipes and ideas. Just remember who sent you there and come back to say hi every now and then.
This is one of those recipes that makes me chuckle when someone says, "you're vegan and gluten free? What do you eat? Don't you feel deprived?!" Yes, so deprived. Doesn't that photo just spell deprivation? These cookie bars have the perfect amount of fruit to allow you to justify to yourself why you ate all of them in one sitting. But just the perfect amount of gooey figgy center, and sweet melt-in-your-mouth golden fluffy crust to let in the perfect amount of guilt. Come one, we all know how good it feels to be bad.
This first recipe comes from my friend Kristen, who I now consider a gluten free baking goddess. She also gave a great tip. If a gluten free baking recipe ever calls for baking soda, she omits that and just adds baking powder - it won't rise with baking soda...who knew?! Kristen, we owe you our lives for this recipe.