Monday, January 17, 2011

Organic Authority Berry Bars Recipe - YUMMY!

I have a few places where I find many recipes.  These are always recipes I covet and keep for a long long time.  I've discovered another one from Organic Authority ( you can also follow them on Facebook!) that we just loved!  This recipe is for Berry Bars.  They are fantastic for a snack or for a good, filling homemade breakfast that can be made the night before.  The recipe below is directly from the site, the green comments in the parentheses next to the original recipe are my tweaks and changes I made to up the flavor and nutrition.  These turned out to be incredibly tasty and we'll be making them again!

Berry Bars

Crust and topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
(or substitute 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour for all of the above)
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
(Substitute half of butter for equal amount of coconut oil)
  • Heat the oven to 350. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or a food processor. Either use the food processor until the butter is reduced to small crumb-size pieces, or use a pastry blender to blend the butter into the flour. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the mixture.
  • Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the remaining crust mixture into the baking dish and spread out to the edges. Cook in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
Berry filling:
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 1 1/2 pounds organic berries, fresh or frozen (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, a mix) (If using frozen berries - thaw and drain VERY well)

Juice from one lemon (or 1 – 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
(I substituted the entire amount of butter for coconut oil)
 (I also added 1 cup of shredded coconut)
  • Melt the butter and set aside. 
  • Combine the sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a medium bowl. Add the rinsed berries, the lemon juice, and the (now-cooled) melted butter. Toss gently until the berries are coated. 
  • Spread the berry filling over the cooked crust. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture on top of the berry mixture. Return to the oven for about 40 minutes. 
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then cut into bars and set on a wire rack to cool completely. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm there! Thanks! But of course I have a hard time following a recipe too closely. Already thinking, I have apples that need to be used. Apple bars? Peach next time?