Nov 7 | TASTE BEYOND

Vegan Fig Crumble Bars

By: Mary Bell

These soft, slightly sweet crumble bars with golden, lightly crisped edges (for those who like the corner pieces!) are kind of like cookies, but with more depth and less guilt. Eat these bars for breakfast, an afternoon delight or post-dinner treat a la mode. You can sub any ripened fruit you like!

This vegan, gluten-free recipe was inspired by Jodi Moreno’s cookbook, More with Less. I love this recipe because the ingredients are limited and it’s easy to prepare. Did I mention these crumble bars are delicious? In the original recipe, Jodi uses rhubarb, but I had fresh, ripe figs on hand from the market. I cut the sugar by about half so I could eat these for breakfast with a clean conscience… I still found them to be sweet, but appropriate for breakfast.

When I originally photographed these fig crumble bars, I didn’t layer the figs, but I would recommend arranging them in overlapping layers (like a domino).


Total:  1 hr | Prep: 15-20 min | Cook: 35-40 min | Makes 9 bars


Tools

 

food processor

mixing bowl

whisk or spatula

parchment paper

square 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish

large baking sheet

 

Ingredients

 

for the crust

1 cup/100 g gluten-free oat flour

1 cup/135 g brown rice flour

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

filling

2 cups almond slivers, plus 1 1/2 tablespoons for garnish

2 tablespoons GF oat flour or whole oats

1/2 cup coconut sugar, sucanat or sugar of choice

1/2 cup Miyokos vegan butter or butter of choice

*2-3 cups fresh figs, sliced into thin rounds


Directions

 

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a square baking pan with two pieces of parchment paper so they cross over one another and just fit the inside width of the pan on one side, and overlap on the other side (should look like a + sign).

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat and brown rice flour, maple syrup, olive oil and sea salt. Spread the mixture evenly inside the bottom of the lined baking pan. Once the oven is heated, par-bake the mixture for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, spread the sliced almonds onto a large baking sheet. Cook for 7-10 minutes, rotating halfway, or until golden (be careful not to burn!).

In a food processor, combine the roasted almonds, oats or oat flour, sugar of choice and butter of choice. Pulse until everything is combined, but the mixture remains course (see picture).

Spread the crumble evenly on top of the par-baked crust. Arrange the figs in overlapping layers on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the figs are cooked through.  Remove the fig crumble from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minute or so. Using the parchment paper flaps, remove the bars from the baking dish. On a cutting board, slice the fig crumble bars into squares and serve.  Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy within 3 days.


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