RASPBERRY SHORTBREAD BARS
It sucks to be the woman who passes on dessert at the BBQ. It seems there’s always that one person who calls you out and pushes that cupcake or strawberry-rhubarb pie despite your protestations. And if you have a dietary restriction, forget it! Who wants to launch into a lengthy discussion of what you can and can’t eat when you’re just trying to have fun? Fortunately, I have a solution: these Raspberry Shortbread Bars. They’re free of grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. They’re also vegan AND delicious!
To make my Raspberry Shortbread Bars, you’ll need:
You may be wondering why this recipe contains four different kinds of flour. While I love the taste of almond flour – especially combined with raspberry – this recipe is so rich that it also requires a blend of other ingredients to help balance all that moisture. This particular blend of almond, arrowroot, coconut, and tapioca flours is basically a homemade gluten-free baking mix in that it acts a lot like regular white flour.
However, I don’t recommend making it ahead to use later as a 1:1 substitute. Baking is a science, so even a slightly different ratio would affect your results. It takes just a few extra seconds to measure and add each ingredient individually, so you may as well put in that tiny bit of extra effort to ensure your shortbread bars come out perfectly.
Like most of my recipes, this one is super easy to make. There’s no need to feel intimidated by the jam-making portion; it’s as simple as throwing the ingredients into a pot and letting them do their thing!
I do, however, recommend making sure your shortbread bars are fully cooled before cutting them. Because this recipe is heavy on the healthy fat, it verges on gooey when it comes out of the oven. The oil needs to cool to fully set, so count on at least 30 minutes of cooling time before serving.
I like to serve this recipe when hosting summer guests for dinner. It’s a great follow-up to my Roasted Chicken With Lemon + Basil and Balsamic Roasted Summer Vegetables. In the mood for something a little lighter? Try my Homemade Bomb Pops instead!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, or post and tag @freshandlively on Instagram.