A while back, a reader emailed me a link to a recipe and asked if I could convert it for clean eating. And while I’m really doing my best to avoid desserts right now, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity simply because the photo seemed to scream, “clean me up!!” from the recipe page.
So I got into the kitchen, made some adjustments, and ended up with a fabulous raspberry bar. You can find the original recipe here.
This recipe is truly a treat. You can’t go crazy with these so be sure to make them for a function where you won’t be the only one eating them. That being said, these do freeze pretty well if they are wrapped well enough.
Notes on the recipe: Because this was a conversion, I realized a couple of things after I had made this.
- It will not get golden brown when baking. It does get a little darker brown, but it won’t look completely “golden brown” like cookies become. So you just have to trust the baking time on this one. I baked mine first for 20 minutes, then for another 2 minutes. It could have easily gone for the full 25 minutes however.
- The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of jam. I stuck with that measurement to honor the recipe. But in hindsight, I would have preferred using less. That large of an amount was sort of sickeningly sweet. Less would have been more in this case. So unless you prefer very sweet desserts, I suggest using only 1 cup of fruit spread instead of what the recipe calls for. That being said, my pan was a bit smaller than what was called for, so that could have played a role as well. Use your own judgement here. If you spread the jam out and it’s more than 1/4 inch thick, it will probably be too much.
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Clean Eating Raspberry Crumb Bars
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. Mine was 6 x 10, and it was not a good fit 9×13 would have been much better.
- In a food processor, combine the flour, sucanat, baking soda and butter by pulsing until they are well combined
- Add the oats and lemon zest, pulsing again just enough to incorporate them both into the first mixture.
- When done, set aside a 1/2 cup of this mixture to use for topping. The rest gets used for crust.
- Using your hands and fingers, firmly press the larger portion of the mixture into the baking dish.
- Spread the fruit spread over the pressed crust evenly. A recessed spatula works great for this.
- Sprinkle the remaining crust over the fruit spread.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Cool overnight in fridge before cutting.
Number of servings (yield): 15 bars
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