Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gluten Free Blackberry Crumb Bars

Crumble bars are a great way to use fresh berries that are in season.  I love the cakey sandwich effect!  A dollop of dairy free vanilla ice cream on top and you are in heaven!

1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp mace
2Tbsp flax meal + 6 Tbsp hot water
(stir together and let sit 10 minutes before using)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Berry Filling:
4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 Tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and mace.

Cut in shortening until it looks like coarse crumbs.

Stir in flax egg and extract.

In another large bowl, gently toss your berries with sugar and arrowroot starch.

Spray a 13inch X 9inch pan with cooking spray.
 Press about two-thirds of your dough into the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle your berries over the crust.

Sprinkle the rest of your crumble over top your berries.

Bake at 375˚F for 35-45 minutes or until it is golden brown.
Let cool completely.  
Cut into bars.

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