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    Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

    Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an delicious summer fruit dessert!

    Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an delicious summer fruit dessert!

    Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an delicious summer fruit dessert!

    Let’s chat healthy fruit crumb bars shall we?

    If you know me well, you know I don’t stray away from my usual chocolate or peanut butter type desserts over here. I’m always the one dashing to the freezer to defrost a peanut butter cookie or to the counter where my grain-free brownies usually are.

    But then, something happened. I made these Fruit Crumble Bars and pretty much fell in love. I was converted to the fruit dessert side for a couple days (all that these lasted for) after eating these subtly sweet crumb bars with the best oatmeal crumb topping I have ever had. And I felt satisfied after – mission accomplished.

    I know what you are thinking.. um, Rachel it is almost end of summer. Why are you sharing a fruit dessert now? That is a great question friends. I made these fruit crumb bars with plumcots (aka a plum and an apricot in one) but they are so versatile. You can use any fruit you want, making these seasonal all year around.

    Next up I will try some apples when we do our annual apple picking extravaganza and maybe some cranberries or something wintery for the holidays. We’ll see what happens.

    Now these  Fruit Crumble Bars have an oatmeal crumb topping and they are made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients. I also find them lower in sugar since the whole crust/crumb topping is only 3 tablespoons of maple syrup plus the same amount in the plumcot/fruit jam.

    I hope you guys love these as much as I do. Don’t forget to share with me on Instagram if you make them!

    Oh and before I forget… these were mine and Jord’s breakfast too. Paired with some coconut yogurt and nut butter – SO good!

    Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an delicious summer fruit dessert!Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping made with all vegan and gluten-free ingredients for an delicious summer fruit dessert!

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    Healthy Fruit Crumble Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping

    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 35 mins
    Total Time 45 mins
    Yields 9 bars

    Ingredients

    Crumb bars

    • 1/3 cup creamy nut butter (code RACHL for free shipping)
    • 3 tablespoons maple syrup 
    • 1/3 cup softened coconut oil (or sub butter - not in liquid form!)
    • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
    • 1 cup organic rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder

    Fruit layer

    • 3 cups chopped fruit of choice (I used plumcots. Berries or apples would be great too!)
    • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking dish with parchment paper and grease well
    • Mix together in nut butter, maple syrup and coconut oil in a large bowl
    • Add in the remaining crumb bar ingredients and mix well until you form the dough (use those muscles!)
    • Spread 2/3 of the bar dough into the baking dish (if it seems to dry and isn't forming into a bar, mix in some more nut butter!)
    • Bake in oven for 10 minutes and set aside the remaining "crumbs" for later
    • While the crumb bars bake, add the chopped fruit to a medium saucepan and the maple syrup and stir over medium/high heat for a couple of minutes then cover and let the fruit soften for about 8 minutes (stirring every few minutes)
    • Remove fruit from heat and add to food processor or blender and pulse until the consistency is more liquid-y
    • Add the fruit layer back to sauce pan and warm over medium/low heat for about 10 minutes so the consistency thickens a bit to a jam of sorts
    • Evenly spread the fruit layer onto of the crumb bars, sprinkle remaining crumbs on top 
    • Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until ready
    • I recommend allowing the bars to set a bit in the fridge before slicing!

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    Recipe Notes

    *Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for a couple of months

    **Sub flours at your own risk!


    xx, Rach

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    2 Comments

  • Reply Cori August 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Hi! At wat point do you add the tapioca and the cinnamon?
    Thanks!

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    • Reply Marie August 25, 2019 at 10:46 am

      I’m planning on making these today but also wondering the same about the tapioca flour!

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