Blackberry Crumble Bars

Mar 19, 2012 at 8:38 p.m. ET

Lusciously sweet with an oat-rageous crust and crumble topping, these vegan bars will soon become your favorite afternoon snack.

Lusciously sweet with an oat-rageous crust and crumble topping, these vegan bars will soon become your favorite afternoon snack.
Blackberry Crumble Bars

Makes 8 bars

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh blackberries

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • Juice of half of an orange

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together berries, sugar, orange juice, and cornstarch.

  3. Bring berry mixture to a boil, stirring often to reduce until mixture is thick and the berries breakdown, about 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, orange zest, baking soda, and salt.

  5. Pour in coconut oil and mix to blend well. Reserve 3/4 cup of oat mixture for the topping.

  6. Transfer remaining oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Press firmly in bottom to form a crust.

  7. Spoon berry filling in an even layer over the crust. Sprinkle with remaining oat topping.

  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in dish on a wire rack for 30 to 40 minutes before cutting into bars to serve warm.


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