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Rhubarb Crumble Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 flax or chia egg 1 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds mixed with 4 tbsp warm water and set aside for 5 minutes
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil soft but not melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other liquid sweetener like honey
  • 3-4 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups rhubarb compote
  • 2 tablespoons coarse raw sugar for topping optional

Instructions

  1. Oven 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil.
  3. Mix the flax or chia egg and set aside.  Mix together the applesauce, coconut oil, syrup, sugar and almond milk.  Set aside and in a separate bowl mix together the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Once the "egg" has gelled add it to the wet ingredients and mix.  Then add the wet to dry ingredients and mix just till everything is combined.
  4. Press 2/3rds of the mixture into the bottom of the pan then spread the rhubarb compote over the mixture and spread almost all the way to the edges.  Then take the remaining dough and break it into small pieces and spread it over the bars.  Press down slightly so no pieces are sticking up as they might burn.  Sprinkle some raw sugar over the top and then place in the oven for 30-32 minutes until golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and pull the parchment out of the baking pan and onto a cooling rack.  Let the bars cool completely before slicing.  These bars freeze especially well, I like to wrap them individually so we can take one or two out whenever we need them.

Recipe Notes

Recipe for rhubarb compote is here