This healthy vegan blackberry pie crumble bar recipe is made with nutritious ingredients. Don't be intimidated by this recipe for homemade blackberry pie dessert bars. Blackberries are a healthy and tasty berry perfect in this oat crumble bar recipe. The blackberries add tartness and sweetness simultaneously. If you love blackberry pie, but don't want all the extra work to roll out a pie dough crust, then this delicious vegan crumble square bar recipe filled with juicy sweet blackberries is the perfect breakfast, dessert, or healthy snack.
Sweet Juicy Vegan Blackberry Pie Without Making a Pie Dough!
These jammy vegan blackberry oat crumble bars are gluten-free and vegan. They are naturally sweetened with bananas and dates, meaning no-refined sugar in this recipe.
They are simple to make and taste delicious. If you are familiar with flavored fruit filled cookie bar recipes, then this is your favorite recipe.
Ingredients to Make Vegan Blackberry Pie Crumble Bars
Blackberries: Of course, you need some plump and delicious fresh blackberries for the perfect crumble bars.
Almond Flour: This type of flour gives a nice texture with a bit of graininess that makes the crumble, well a crumble.
Oat Flour: You can make your own oat flour, simply by processing regular oats in a blender or food processor.
Medjool Dates: A wonderful natural sweetener, but these dates also help bind the ingredients together.
Coconut Milk: I prefer coconut milk, but you can use any milk you prefer.
Banana: Natural sweetness from the bananas balances the blackberries nicely.
Coconut Oil: I like this oil the best, because you get a hint of extra sweetness from the coconut oil, but if you use refined coconut oil, it has a neutral taste.
Maple Syrup: This is the yummiest sweetener, plus it's vegan friendly too. If you don't have maple syrup, try honey or agave. Although if you use honey, it won't be vegan friendly.
Healthier Than a Slice of Blackberry Pie!
A typical blackberry pie is loaded with butter from the pie crust, but this recipe gives you the same flavor as a typical fruit pie without the extra calories or fat. Plus, it is made from nutrient-rich ingredients to nourish your body.
The perfect end of summer vegan recipe when you would like to use up any or your supply of summer berries. This blackberry square recipe is such a quicker alternative to baking a whole blackberry pie that is actually healthier for you. Vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free!
Blackberry Nutrition: Health and Beauty Benefits
What are the health benefits of blackberries? They are often one of the most overlooked berries in the berry family. However, these tiny black sweet jewels are full of nutrients. Blackberries are rich in vitamin C, which can help support a healthy immune system.
Blackberries have been touted as the "gout berry" for their curative nation of the illness, gout. They are also important for the healthy cognitive function of the brain. Studies have shown a decrease in Alzheimer's disease progression due to the high anthocyanin content (1).
They also have moderate fiber content. Blackberries contain antioxidants which are fantastic to protect against free radicals that can otherwise cause disease in the body. One cup of blackberries is around 62 calories. In addition, they have a low glycemic index (GI) of only 25.
They have a mild tart and sweet flavor that makes them perfect for pie recipes and tarts. Blackberries are fantastic in salads and smoothie recipes.
Blackberries are a perfect berry to freeze and use later. They hold up their shape and will last for about 2-3 months in the freezer. Fresh blackberries tend to last about 4 to 7 days in the refrigerator. So, that is why this blackberry bars recipe is perfect especially in the summer.
KEY NUTRIENTS OF BLACKBERRIES
Anthocyanins | Fiber | Vitamin C | Vitamin A | Vitamin K | Manganese | Potassium | Magnesium
Watch and Learn How to Make Blackberry Pie Crumble Bar Recipe!
Blackberry Pie Crumble Bar Recipe
- Put the flour, dates, coconut oil, vanilla, and coconut milk in the food processor to form a dough.
- Then spread half of the dough into a crust on the bottom of a parchment paper lined 4-inch square pie pan.
- Put the remaining ingredients in the food processor, turn it into a blackberry sauce.
- Spread the sauce on the dough.
- Spread the remaining dough in a top crust. Next, bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Slice into squares after cooled. Enjoy.
BLACKBERRY BAR EXPERT TIPS:
Here are a few tips to make these blackberry pie bars taste amazing.
Can I Use Different Fruit in These Pie Bars?
Yes, test out any other tasty berries you like. Personally, this recipe is equally delicious with strawberries or blueberries. You can make a simple blueberry pie bar or even an apple pie bar recipe. I encourage you to experiment with various flavor profiles.
Can I Use Frozen Berries for This Recipe?
You can make this with fresh, or if you have frozen berries from your summer harvest, that would be perfect too. I do suggest you thaw the frozen berries first.
What Can I Substitute for the Honey In This Blackberry Bar Recipe?
You can substitute the honey for maple syrup or even molasses. . This will also make the recipe vegan.
What Do You Suggest for Making the Filling Sauce Less Seedy?
I suggest putting the sauce filling mixture through a fine mesh sieve if you dislike the seeded texture from the blackberries.
Can I Use Frozen Blackberries for This Recipe for Crumble Pie Bars?
Yes, you can substitute with frozen blackberries. The texture will change a bit, but it's still delicious.
Can I Use a Blender if I Don't Own a Food Processor?
Yes, however, you will have some difficulty removing the crust from the blender. I suggest you use a spatula to scrape the mixture from the blender.
Can I Use Almond Meal Instead of Almond Flour In These Blackberry Squares?
The topping of these pie bars is meant to be crumbly, so you can definitely use almond meal instead of the flour. Almond flour is made from blanched (peeled) almonds, so it is lighter in texture. The almond meal has a coarser consistency and adds more fiber. Other than that, the nutritional content is the same.
There are more antioxidants in the almond meal due to the skin remaining. This will result in a slightly denser crust, but if you dislike the crumbly texture, simply add in more liquid. I suggest adding a tablespoon more coconut milk.
How to Store, Freeze, and Thaw Blackberry Squares?
Store any leftover vegan crumble bars in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can freeze your blackberry square bars layered between parchment paper in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Simply thaw, by removing from the freezer and allowing them to come to room temperature, takes 3-4 hours or even thaw overnight in the refrigerator. This recipe makes the perfect vegan breakfast bars to take on the go.
More Berry Desserts:
- How to Make Blueberry Zucchini Healthy Breakfast Cookie
- Tasty Vegan Mixed Berry Superfood Muffins
- Easy Raspberries and Coconut Cream Recipe
- Healthy & Delicious Strawberry Keto Craving Crushers
Let Me Know if You Make This Blackberry Pie Crumble Bar Recipe!
If you make this vegan blackberry square recipe, let me know in the comment section below. I would also love to hear what you think, or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva
- Shukitt-Hale B, Cheng V, Joseph JA. Effects of blackberries on motor and cognitive function in aged rats. Nutr Neurosci. 2009 Jun;12(3):135-40. doi: 10.1179/147683009X423292. PMID: 19356316.