White Chocolate Berry Bars

 
I have recently made a discovery, white chocolate!  While it isn't completely life changing, it does open up the door to many delicious new recipes to try.  Move over milk chocolate and dark chocolate and make room for white chocolate on the Christmas dainty tray! These White Chocolate Berry Bars are gluten free like all of my recipes and they are very yummy!    
When I was first introduced to white chocolate as a child I didn't trust it.  How could this imposter call itself chocolate it wasn't even brown!  I did try small amounts over the years but was never swayed, until about a year ago when I tried a white chocolate cheesecake.  Sadly, I realized what I had been missing all these years!     
  I usually try to bake using healthy ingredients and limit the sugar.  This is a little harder to do using white chocolate, but once in a while we need a treat, right?  By using my Raspberry Blueberry Chia Jam which is only sweetened with a small amount of honey and by using ground almonds and oatmeal in the crumb mixture these yummy treats have some quality ingredients and nutritional value.  
 
The only problem with these bars is that they disappear fast.  I have already had to make a second batch and it is only December 7th!  The second time I made a double recipe in a 9 x 13 pan so that will hopefully make it to Christmas.
   

White Chocolate Berry Bars

  • 1 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 cup Gluten Free oatmeal 
  • 1 cup ground almonds, or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar, or 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup raspberry jam or Raspberry Blueberry Chia Jam
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or white melting chocolate, divided 
In a medium sized bowl mix dry ingredients.  Blend in softened butter and mix till combined.  Grease a 9 x 9 inch baking pan or line with parchment paper. Place 2/3 of the crumb mixture in bottom of pan and press down firmly.  Spread jam over base, sprinkle on 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or chopped baking chocolate.  Spread remaining crumbs over top and press down gently.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes until top is lightly browned.  Cool completely, cut into small squares and drizzle with remaining amount of white chocolate by melting it and placing it in a piping bag or a small ziplock bag with a small hole cut in one corner.  

3 comments

Pavani N said...

What a delicious looking chocolate & berry bars.

Liana Vanwynsberghe said...
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Liana Vanwynsberghe said...

Thank you, even my 14 year old likes them and she is my toughest critic!