Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free, Oh My!

One of the best ways to cook is fast, easy, tasty, and with little ingredients! This recipe took me about 10 minutes to make which was fantastic! These blueberry bars are wonderful for breakfast, an afternoon snack with coffee, or for dessert after dinner. Best of all, my husband even enjoyed them! This is the first gluten free recipe I have ever made that I didn’t find gross, which is defiantly an accomplishment for me. 🙂

Blueberry Bars

Firstly, prepare the bottom layer of your bars.

I ended up making my own oat flour for this recipe by putting oatmeal in a bullet grinder and grinding the oats for a few minutes until it was made into a fine powder. If you can find your own oat flour at a store, feel free to use that! Combine in an 8×8 pan your oat flour, molasses, coconut oil (or oil of choice), water, and maple syrup.

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*If you put your oil in first, then the maple syrup and molasses will come off your tablespoon easily into the pan.

Mix these ingredients and spread evenly across pan, pushing it down firmly.

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Once it’s spread, place it in the freezer while you finish the recipe.

Molasses has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product. It’s a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Vegan power food!

Next, make your top layer.
Take out your blueberries (organic preferred) and puree them.


Combine the remaining ingredients. 
Once your top layer mixture is complete, remove your bottom layer from the freezer and pour the mixture on top.

*I ended up putting mine in the freezer for about an hour to get the bars harder, depending on how juicy the blueberries are this may need to be done.
*The color of your bars will be completely dependent on the type of blueberries you use.

The finished recipe!

I told you it was that easy!!

 

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer;

  • 3/4c oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (Pure Michigan preferred)

Top Layer;

  • 1c pureed blueberries
  • 1 1/2c oat flour
  • 1/4c maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

*Feel free to garnish your bars with chocolate shavings and fresh blueberries!

 

I have people asking me all the time what it means to be Vegan, here are a few definitions for anyone interested!

I honestly just feel healthier living vegan, I am more active, awake, and fit.

Vegan;
A person who does not eat or use animal products. (Yes, this includes bacon, bologna, cheese, eggs, and any type of dairy.) 😉

Raw;
The lifestyle of only eating uncooked, unprocessed foods.

Gluten Free;
The lifestyle of not eating any foods containing gluten. Gluten is a substance found in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.

So why am I vegan?
That is probably the BIGGEST question people ask me. It’s defiantly not because of animal cruelty, I am a born active hunter for food- not sport. I honestly just feel healthier living vegan, I am more active, awake, and fit. I’ve watched documentaries, and read parts of the china study book (highly recommend), and I am completely convinced that man was made to eat plants, fruits, and nuts. Our bodies just weren’t designed to eat meat.
Remember that ultimately eating vegan or not is of little importance in life, you don’t know what tomorrow will bring, and you don’t have control over how long you will live on earth. Jesus could come back today, or tonight He could even demand your life. It’s just a different way to eat the food that God gives, but it is not meant to be an idol. We are all eternal beings and will spend eternity somewhere. For me, I can perform best on this earth by eating this way, but if God asked me to give it up I would do it in a heartbeat, my body is His temple. Don’t loose sight of who you really live for, it’s too easy to do.

 

 

*Sources for definitions; google

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