Thursday, January 17, 2013

Berry Crumble Bars

I haven't been in the kitchen in what feels like forever with all the moving and packing and cleaning and uprooting of my life but this is a little treat I made that imitates the taste of a berry pie that you can eat with your hands. Great right? And since I found the recipe on the back of a low calorie sugar substitute, it's not even that bad for you.

What you will need:
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Truvia baking blend sugar substitute
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

For the filling:
4 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used 2 cups raspberries and 2 cups blackberries)
1/2 cup Truvia baking blend sugar substitute
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup corn starch

To Make:
Preheat oven to 325. Combine ingredients for the crust and topping, mixing on low speed until it is all combined and a little bit crumbly. Take half of this mixture and press into a greased 13x9" pan and putting the other half aside for later. Next, put all the ingredients together for the filling together and mix on low. Be careful, the mixture will stain very easily! Add corn starch until the mix starts to thicken. Pour filling into pan and then spread evenly over crust. Top with the remaining crust mixture, crumbling the mix over the whole pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. I would have liked the bars to have been a little crisper so I would recommend baking the crust solo for about 15-20 minutes before adding the fruit mix but my sister and family loved them just the way they are so the choice is yours! Either way, this is a slightly less guilty way to enjoy a "slice" of pie.

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