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Strawberry Crumb Bars

A healthy vegan take on the classic crumb bars with a fresh strawberry filling.
Servings 9 bars

Ingredients
  

For the Crust & Topping

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour (rolled oats blended into a fine flour)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cashew or almond butter
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For the Strawberry Filling

  • 5 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (halved)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Prepare the filling: Heat the halved strawberries, maple syrup and water in a small pot over low to medium heat until softened.
  • Add in the chia seeds, cornstarch and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Remove from heat and let chill while preparing the crust.
  • Combine oats, oat flour, almond flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine nut butter, maple syrup and milk of choice.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients.
  • Spray a 9 x 9 inch pan with coconut oil. Spread about ⅔ of the crust mixture into the baking dish and press into an even layer.
  • Pour the strawberry filling on top, making sure it's spread evenly.
  • Crumble the remaining ⅓ of the crust mixture on top.
  • Place the baking dish into the oven and bake at 350° for 45-60 minutes (to desired texture). Crumble should be golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for at least 1 hour before slicing.
  • Slice into 9 even squares and gently lift bars from pan with a small spatula.
  • Enjoy!