Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blueberry Crumb Bars - Low Sugar

I am sure you  have noticed -I cannot seem to get enough blueberries over the past few months. Every time I go to the store they look and smell better and are bigger and brighter?  How is anyone supposed to resist?  Clearly I haven't!

So armed with a fresh supply of these juicy morsels I happily baked - and have a stack of things to try over the rest of the summer as long as the weather isn't too sweltering here in CA!

The prep was fun and easy!

BLUEBERRY CRUMB BARS

adapted from the Brown Eyed Baker

CRUMB CRUST:

3 cups flour
1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend (or 1 c. sugar, Splenda or Truvia)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup cold, unsalted butter,cut into cubes
1 egg

FILLING:

4 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup Truvia Baking Blend  (or 1/2 c. sugar, Splenda or Truvia)
4 tsp. cornstarch
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375.  Lightly grease a 13x9" pan.

(The original directions called for using a pastry blender and feel free to do that. But I used a food processor and it came out perfectly crumbly!  So those are the directions I am using!)

In a food processor bowl (at least 9 cup capacity), add flour, Truvia Baking Blend, baking powder , salt and cold butter in cubes.  Quickly pulse the ingredients just until it seems blended and then add the egg and pulse a few more times.  If you overprocess, it will come together like a dough!

Press  half of the mixture (about 3-3 1/2 cups) into the baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining Truvia Baking Blend, cornstarch, and lemon juice.  Then fold in the blueberries and lemon zest and gently mix until the berries are coated.  Spread the blueberry mixture over the crust, distributing the juice over the filling too.  Crumble the remaining mixture over the top of the blueberry filling. (I sprinkled some mini cinnamon chips over all - purely optional).

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is light golden brown.  Cool before cutting into squares.

DELICIOUS!!



And the finished product was even better!!

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I am a mother to three and Grammy to two beautiful granddaughters and one very handsome little grandson.  Was born and raised in southern California and am happy to call it home.  I fill my days with volunteer work, paper crafting, needlework of all kinds and cooking and baking.   I am blessed with wonderful family and friends who fill my heart on a daily basis.