Berry Chia Bars

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Berry Chia Bars

These berry chia bars are really easy to prepare and delicious to eat. Some ingredients might seem a bit different, but once you gather them, you won't want to let go! This recipe is an all-around crowd pleaser as it is vegan and free of nuts, dairy, gluten, and eggs. I often double up the filling batch and keep it in the fridge as a jam that can be served on top of yogurt, toast or eaten by the spoonful.

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  • 20Servings

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 (10 oz) package of organic frozen berries, thawed in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight
  • 1 tablespoon whole chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
  • Pinch unrefined salt

Crust

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • 8 g (about 2 tablespoons) ground chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon unrefined salt
  • 2 cups (250 g) oat flour (gluten free, if needed)
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) potato flour (not potato starch)

Preparation

Filling

1. Throw everything in a blender and blend until fruit has pureed. Mix first, then taste and add syrup, only if needed. If you are using fruits other than berries, don't add the maple syrup.

2. Allow the chia to thicken the mixture while you prepare the crust

Crust

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Line the bottom of a 9x13-in baking pan with parchment and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix with a spatula or wooden spoon the maple syrup, oil, ground chia, vanilla and salt, until incorporated.

4. Add the oat and potato flours and mix until a dough forms.

5. Spread and press the dough evenly on the bottom of the prepared pan with a spatula or even your hands.

6. Pour the filling onto the crust and spread evenly.

7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the filling looks dry.

8. Let cool, cut into bars or squares and enjoy.