Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Gluten-free and Vegan Peach Bars. Refined-Sugar Free.

The best way to capitalize on summer, in my opinion, is to eat all the delicious fruits that summer has to offer. Starting with strawberries, then making my way through blackberries, blueberries, and finally landing on stone fruit, is a recipe for awesome [and tasty] memories.

I started with this original recipe, and, because the peach bars looked so dang good, I decided to completely revamp them into a Geanna-style recipe. That meant: removing gluten, animal products, and refined sugars. I have to say, what I ended up with far exceeded my expectations AND my taste buds.

Refined-Sugar-Free Peach Bars. 
Gluten-free, Vegan

Ingredients:
BARS:
2 c. sorghum flour
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/2 c. arrowroot starch
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. psyllium husks
1 t. cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
1 c. coconut oil, melted
3/4 c. coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice)
1 t. vanilla extract

FILLING:
1/2 c. peach jam
1 c. sliced peaches
1 T. coconut sugar (or granulated sugar of choice)

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 350'. 
  2. Prepare the bars first. Whisk together flours, spices and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. In a large bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients. Add the dry mixture to the liquid mixture. 
  3. Reserving 1/2 cup of dough for the topping, press dough into a square 8"x8" pan.
  4. Heat the jam on the stovetop on low heat for 1-2 minutes; whisk. Spread jam over the dough. Place peach slices on top of jam. Sprinkle sugar on top of peaches. Crumble reserved dough on top of the sugar. Bake 25-27 minutes, or until the dough on top is slightly golden. 

I've shared this on Slightly Indulgent TuesdaysWhole Food FridaysAllergy-Free WednesdaysTraditional Tuesdays and Wellness Weekend.

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