Monday, 25 August 2014

SRC: Healthy Raspberry Bars


It's the 4th Monday of the month which can only mean one thing.... It's Secret Recipe Club Group D Reveal day! I love the Secret Recipe Club and look forward to reveal day every month. The concept is simple - each blog is assigned another blog in secret and the idea is that you choose a recipe to make from your secret blog and reveal it on the same day. It's a great way to discover new blogs and exciting recipes. 

This month my assignment is Without Adornment written by Bean. Her favourite hobbies are baking/cooking and photography, both of which she showcases on her blog. She is gluten intolerant and loves to experiment with vegan baking so her blog is a treasure trove of gluten free/dairy free/vegan recipes. I know more and more people with gluten intolerance and food allergies so this was a good opportunity to experiment with recipes and to bake outside my comfort zone. 

I had a real nosey round her blog and I do encourage you to pop over and say hi. She writes a beautiful blog with lovely accompanying pictures. I shortlisted a few recipes to try and in the end went with this raspberry bar as it sounded good and I had some fresh raspberries to hand. Her recipe is a gluten and refined sugar free vegan bar. I've made some adjustments as I did not have all the ingredients to hand so mine is not quite gluten free but it's dairy free with minimal refined sugar. I was really pleased that mine turned out almost exactly the same as Bean's. It tastes like a crumble and the sweetened, spiced tart raspberries are the perfect filling. These would be great for lunch boxes or picnics.







 flour and oat mix 

 adding coconut oil 

 looks like a crumble mixture 

 mix the raspberries with honey and spices 

 press more than half of the flour mixture onto a traybake tin 

 add a layer of raspberries 

 top with the remaining flour mixture 

 delicious!

Recipe adapted from Without Adornment

55g ground almonds
80 g brown rice flour
100g oats
55g wholemeal flour
100g spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 
50g dark brown sugar
100g coconut oil
450g fresh raspberries
4 - 5 tablespoons honey (adjust to taste) 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Preheat the oven to 180C. 
  • In a large bowl, mix the ground almonds, brown rice flour, oats, wholemeal flour, spelt flour, sugar and baking powder.
  • Add the coconut oil and rub into the flour mixture with your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the honey, spices and raspberries together. 
  • Spray a traybake tin with non stick spray. Press more than half the flour mixture into the tin and smooth out the top with a spatula.
  • Spoon the raspberry layer on top and finish with the remaining crumble mix.
  • Bake for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into squares.





36 comments:

  1. I love raspberries and these bars sounds delicious!

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  2. Yum, I love a good jam bar, and i especially adore raspberries. These look delicious.

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  3. BRILLIANT recipe to make Ros and I adore raspberries, as well as grow them, so this could be the next recipe for me to bake! Karen

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    1. It's a really good recipe even with my adjustments

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  4. I love how the raspberries squidge down - such a wonderful colour too

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    1. I love the colour of it too - so vibrant!

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  5. oooh, these look good. There are so many raspberries around at the moment, it's nice to see something a little different!

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    1. Thanks! Wish I had golden raspberries too

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  6. They look so good! I love bars that use oats in them and we have had raspberries on sale here in TN. Happy reveal day!

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    1. I really liked the oats and different flours in this bar.

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  7. This sounds such a great blogging challenge- a chance to meet new bloggers and discover great new recipes like this one!

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  8. I have a ton of raspberries in the fridge, as they were selling those cute boxes for 99 cents each! If I have time I might bake this tonight or tomorrow...

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    1. Do give it a go, I promise you won't be disappointed

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  9. That looks just wonderful! I love pretty much any combination of fruit and oatmeal, and fresh raspberry filling looks lovely.

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  10. These look awesome!! The raspberry layer looks to die for. And anything labelled "healthy" is a-ok in my book!

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  11. Raspberries....YUM. Great pick this month

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  12. I love raspberries. This looks like a fantastic way to use them up! Great pick this month ;)

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    1. This is brilliant for raspberries that are a few days old.

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  13. I will take a healthy dessert any day. I love raspberries and I am lovin' this recipe. Happy Reveal Day!!

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  14. Such beautiful bars!! The raspberries look wonderful. Wonderful pick for SRC :-)

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  15. So beautiful and healthy at the same time!!! This looks wonderful!!

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    1. Thanks! I was really pleased with how they turned out

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  16. Thank you so much for all the lovely compliments! I'm glad that you liked my blog!!

    These bars are awesome, aren't they? Good choice - although I admit I am a bit biased. ;)

    Thanks again!

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    1. The bars were amazing and I got lots of compliments for them.

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  17. My kids love fruit and oat bars, and this looks like a delicious way to showcase those raspberries.

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