Berry Bliss Bars – a refreshing fruit bar combined with the texture of cheesecake in one yummy, clean eats treat! With or without the raspberry “cream” topping, a refreshing gluten-free, plant-based, refined sugar-free pleasure.
Spring Has Sprung
It’s officially spring here in the northern hemisphere, and the warmer days we’ve been blessed with are a reminder that sun soaked days are just around the corner. Thoughts are now turning from big sweaters, cozy pajamas and warm, toasty food to sundresses, flip-flops and fresh, revitalizing produce.
Just Can’t Get Enough
One of my favorite things to munch on (pretty much morning, noon and night during this time) is fruit. My very good friend Carolyn recently shared with me that the recipe for my Fresh Cranberry Crumb Bars is one of her favorites! She likes them so much that she wanted to try them with another fruit, such as raspberries or blueberries. Yes, raspberries and blueberries! Yumm! My mind started spinning. Blueberries are a great fruit to use for baking as their water content isn’t as high as some fruit. Blueberries are aplenty at my local grocery so I threw them in the food processor with coconut butter, coconut palm sugar, vanilla and some arrowroot. I was aiming for a bar that would have a firmer fruit layer — one you could pick up and eat with your hand.
A Firm (and buttery) Foundation
For the crust I wanted something that is firm yet buttery and smooth in texture — one that would hold together (like cheesecake crust). The crust I developed for my Pure Pina Colada Bars was a perfect fit. Together they were a match made in dessert heaven. But to kick it up yet one more notch, I added a raspberry whipped coconut “cream” to the top. Mashing up a few fresh raspberries and stirring them gently into my Easy Coconut Whipped Cream is all that was required. I am head over heels in love with these bars, and the coconut, blueberries, flax and almond flour have so much to offer nutritionally, how can you go wrong? A guilt-free dessert. Give them a try! (and thanks, Carolyn!) 🙂