Mixed Berry Crumble Bars
Three cheers for the red, white, and blueberry! These Mixed Berry Crumble Bars featuring fresh-from-the-farm raspberries and blueberries are sweet (but not too sweet), satisfying, and perfect for your July 4th celebration…and for snacking on the next day. What a great way to enjoy the goodness of summer fruit! I’ll be making these all season long for backyard barbecues, picnics, and just any old time you need a treat! They are totally delicious as is, but you could also top them with some non-dairy vanilla ice cream or coconut cream if you want something extra decadent! Yum!
Crust and Crumble:
2 C Gluten Free Rolled Oats
1 C Almond Flour
1 C Hazelnut Flour
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/3 C Coconut Oil, chilled
1/3 C Maple Syrup or Honey
2 tsp Water
1/2 C Slivered Almonds
2 1/2 C Mixed Berries
3 T Maple Syrup
2 T Chia Seeds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Line an 8” square baking pan with a parchment “sling” (two 8” wide by 12” long parchment strips that hang over pan on all sides for ease in removing bars)
In medium bowl, combine berries, maple syrup, and chia seeds, and set aside.
Place oats, flours, salt and cinnamon into bowl of food processor and pulse, just to blend. Add in cold coconut oil and pulse to form dough-like mixture. Add and blend maple syrup and water. You should end up with a dough that can hold together in a ball.
Using about 2/3 of the dough, press evenly into the bottom of baking pan. .
Add berry mixture to the pan, making sure to cover crust evenly and completely.
With remaining dough mixture, form small clusters and place them over the berries. Scatter the slivered almonds over top. (I like to have some of the berries show through the tops of bars, so don’t worry about covering every inch with crumble mixture.)
Place in oven and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, until top is golden brown and fruit is slightly bubbling.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares (This may be the hardest part!)
Note: These freeze quite well. Just wrap individual squares and place in an airtight container.