These paleo and vegan blueberry crumb bars are gooey sweet and totally addicting! They’re a great treat to have around for a heathy snack or dessert. Easy to make, gluten-free, grain free, vegan, and total comfort food!
Blueberries are my favorite fruit to bake with, hands down.
Not to minimize my love for any of the other incredible fruits (apples, you are SO special too), but there’s just something about those blueberries! Year round, they can do no wrong in my book.
And now, with these Paleo and vegan blueberry crumb bars, I think we just might have a new blueberry infatuation.
All that said, these blueberry crumb bars drove me a little bit crazy as I tested them. I originally thought I could make the crust/crumble nearly identical to my lemon raspberry bars, but the juiciness of the blueberry filling made that crust a problem.
Although it tasted delicious, I tested it twice and both times, the crust became soggy after cooling. Not what I want from a crumb bar, you know?!
Don’t worry – none of these bars went to waste – even the soggy ones were seriously tasty and worth saving. But, I knew I needed to go in a different direction with the crust after the second batch.
The third batch was the charm, AKA the batch with a crust that could handle the weight of the juicy blueberry filling and a crumble that didn’t sink into the filling.
Nothing less than perfection, the way I see it!
This grain free and vegan crust/crumble mixture will appear dry and crumbly when you mix it – but it has the capability to be both a crust when pressed into the bottom of the baking pan, and a crumble to top the bars off.
The blueberry filling is super simple – just blueberries, coconut or maple sugar, a bit of lemon juice, and arrowroot starch to thicken (tapioca can be used too).
I recommend making the filling a bit ahead of time if you can so it has time to cool a bit before baking. However, it will also work it you make it just before baking – the bars might be slightly messier/gooier though – no biggie if you ask me.
I hope you’re ready to try these gooey, sweet, and addicting blueberry crumb bars! They’ll be perfect for your next gathering or even just to make ahead of time for after school snacks.
Either way, once you make them, they’ll most likely become a regular thing in your house! Get the apron on (blueberries are messy, I learn that over and over again the hard way!) and let’s bake!
Blueberry Crumb Bars Paleo, Vegan
Blueberry Crumb Bars Paleo, Vegan
These paleo and vegan blueberry crumb bars are gooey sweet and totally addicting! They’re a great treat to have around for a heathy snack or dessert. Easy to make and total comfort food!
Place blueberries in a medium saucepan over med heat, add the lemon juice, sugar, and starch, then stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring to avoid burning, then lower the heat to a strong simmer. Continue to simmer a few minutes until thickened.
Remove from heat, transfer to a separate bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
Make the Crust/Crumble:
Combine the dry ingredients (EXCEPT the sugar) in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, Whisk together the nut butter, coconut oil, sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla extract. Stir the dry mixture into the wet until a crumbly dough forms
Line an 8×8” baking pan with parchment paper along bottom and sides and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Chill remaining dough in the fridge while crust pre-bakes.
Bake bottom crust in the preheated oven for 10 mins until set. Once done, top the crust with the blueberry mixture.
Take the remaining chilled dough and crumble over the filling evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes until topping is golden brown and set.
Cool on a wire rack in the pan to bring to room temp, before cutting into squares. You can also chill prior to cutting to make things easier. Serve at room temp and store leftovers covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
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