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Paleo Blueberry Crumble Bars

Louise Hendon | January 21
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Think going Paleo means giving up baked goods for good? Think again, Paleo baked goods are out there, and they are delicious! Plus, they are full of healthy whole foods with none of the additives and artificial flavors sometimes found in store-bought sweets. These Paleo blueberry crumble bars would be right at home in the display case of any bakery or coffee shop, but you can make them in the comfort of your own kitchen! They are lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, which adds a lovely note of caramel while still letting the blueberries take center stage. This is the way baking should be. Make a batch for the bake sale table or the office and watch them disappear.

The Quick Guide to Buying and Storing Blueberries

  • Color– When buying blueberries, the most important thing to look out for is the color. The berries should be a deep blue-purple color with a silvery sheen. Red-ish or green berries are not ripe and they will not ripen at home.
  • Texture – Berries should be smooth and firm, not soft or wrinkled. If you see juice stains on the sides or bottom of the container, this may indicate bruised or overly ripe berries.
  • Timing – Fresh blueberries are best purchased in the mid to late summer which is their natural growing season. If you can’t find suitable fresh berries in the winter, don’t be afraid to buy frozen. Frozen blueberries should feel loose in the bag, not all clumped together.
  • Storage – Fresh blueberries can be stored in the fridge for up to a week depending on how ripe they were at the time of purchase. Make sure that your berries are kept dry by lining the storage container with a paper towel. This will keep them fresh for longer.

Paleo Pantry: Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar is a sugar that is made from the blossoms of the coconut tree. It is sometimes also called coconut palm sugar.

But is it “good” you? The short answer is not really. No form of sugar can really be considered good for you, but coconut sugar does have some advantages over plain old white granulated sugar. Coconut sugar contains small amounts of some trace nutrients not found in white sugar and has a slightly lower glycemic index, about the same as honey [1].

Overall, Coconut sugar is a popular option for sweetening Paleo recipes. However, because it is still a sugar, it should be used in moderation like any other sweetener.

More Paleo-Friendly Blueberry Recipes to Enjoy

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Paleo Blueberry Crumble Bars #paleo https://paleoflourish.com/paleo-blueberry-crumble-bars

Paleo Blueberry Crumble Bars


  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Say yes to juicy berries and buttery crumble.


Ingredients

For the base and topping – 

For the filling – 

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (7 g) flax meal or chia meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar, to taste

For the topping –


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut sugar with the melted ghee and vanilla extract.  Mix well to form a crumbly mixture.
  3. Reserve 1/4 of the crumble mixture and press the rest into the bottom of an 8-by-8 inch baking pan. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  4. While the base is baking, heat up a small saucepan and add in the blueberries, water, lemon juice and vanilla extract.  Simmer until the blueberries are soft and carefully burst them.  Stir in the flax meal as well as the coconut sugar.  Add more or less coconut sugar, to taste.
  5. Let the base cool and then pour the filling on top.  Spread to form a very thin layer.
  6. Add the shredded coconut and sliced almonds to the reserved base ingredients.  Sprinkle on top of the blueberries filling and press down gently.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes more.  Let cool and slice into bars or squares.

Notes

All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 144
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g