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Delicious Easy Vegan Berry Bars

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These delicious vegan berry bars are the perfect summer sweet treat. This is the perfect way to use your fresh berries from berry season. These dessert bars have a buttery crust, graham cracker layer, and sweet berry topping. Vegan berry bars are a summer favorite.

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Friends, these delicious vegan berry bars are seriously delicious! They are the perfect way to use up summer berries, even if you have frozen them.

They are SO good.

And the best part, they are SO easy to make.

I love that they have this fantastic thick crust; thick crust, in general, is my jam. 

I love any crust, pizza crust, pie crust; you name it, I likely love it.

Maybe I just love bread products?

Either way, you need these in your life. They are quick to throw together, and the flavor is amazing; it’s such a great treat!

I am SO behind on life currently.

It is Friday, and I am just now getting this post done for Sunday.

YIKES!

I used to be three months out, but with the challenging times currently happening this year, having kids home 24/7, and doing house renovations non-stop this summer, I am slacking on the blog!

But let’s get back to why you’re here these amazing berry bars. 

I made these and sent some to a friend who had a baby. 

She and her husband’s reviews were two big thumbs up, and they wanted to make more asap.

And even though they just had a baby, they made another batch themselves.

They are that good! 

These aren’t healthy breakfast berry bars, but I’m not judging if you want to eat them for breakfast. It would be a delicious way to start the day.

This is more of a dessert berry bar.

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Berry bars recipe FAQS-

What berries should I use for vegan dessert bars?

I like the variety of having mixed berries. But you could do just one berry if you would prefer like;

  • raspberry bars
  • blueberry bars
  • marionberry bars
  • blackberry bars

But again, I prefer a mix of fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, fresh blackberries, really any berry. The berries can be frozen as well.

Can I use coconut oil instead of vegan butter?

I have never tried it, but I think it will work just fine. If you wanted to swap the vegan butter for more of a healthy fat, you can.

Can I make these gluten-free?

You can swap out the all-purpose flour for all-purpose gluten-free flour. There is a graham cracker in the recipe, and I would try to replace that with a gluten-free version if you can.

The graham cracker makes it, so the berry juice doesn’t soak through the crust easily and holds up. For the best results, I would find a gluten-free graham cracker to sub out.

Can I sub maple syrup for the sugar?

No, it will have too much liquid, and your berry mixture won’t set up correctly. You can try to use coconut sugar, but it will have a bit of a different flavor. I like the combination of white sugar and brown sugar in this recipe.

What do you need for these delicious vegan berry bars?

This recipe uses simple ingredients. Check out the recipe card for the amounts of each ingredient.

  • berries (I usually use frozen, thawed out berries)
  • white sugar
  • corn starch
  • lemon zest
  • almond extract or vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • non dairy milk
  • vegan butter
  • graham crackers
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How do you make vegan berry dessert bars?

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and greasing an 8×8 square baking pan or placing foil or parchment paper with an overlap so you can pull the bars out in one piece, grease whichever you are using.

If you are using frozen berries, unthaw them in a medium bowl. It’s okay if some are still frozen; you don’t want them complete mush.

Add the remaining filling ingredients and stir gently and set aside.

Now start the crust.

Take a medium-size bowl and, add your dry ingredients; the flour and sugars, stir. 

Take the vegan butter and a pastry cutter (or fork) and crumble the butter into the flour mixture until it’s combined well, it will be a bit crumbly, and that’s okay.

Add your vegan milk and fold the batter until it absorbs the dough. This is a thick, somewhat crumbly dough (kind of like making biscuits).

Vegan Berry Bars crust
crust pre-baked

Take the dough and press it evenly into the bottom of the 8×8 baking dish. 

Bake this for 9 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place the graham crackers on the top of the dough, covering most of the crust.

graham crackers on berry bar crust

Now take the berries they will be liquidy and pour them over the crust.

vegan berry mixture

Bake this for 40-45 minutes.

The berries will thicken as they cook.

vegan berry bars precooked

Wait a few hours before cutting, or it will be too hard to move.

You can speed this up by placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes and then cutting them into squares.

These taste great cold from the fridge or even warmed up with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream.

How do you store these vegan berry bar recipe?

These should be in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap and placed in the fridge.

They will remain good for about five days, but the earlier you eat them, the better they taste.

These can be served cold or at room temperature.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, they can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

You can defrost them either in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours.

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Vegan Berry Bars

Delicious Vegan Berry Bars

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 49 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

These vegan berry bars are the perfect summer treat. They are bursting with flavor and a great way to use summers bounty.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 3-4 cups berries (I usually use frozen, thawed out berries)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 TB cornstarch
  • 1 to 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp almond or vanilla extract

Crust

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2 TB vegan milk
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 5-6 graham cracker sheets

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and greasing an 8x8 pan or place foil with an overlap so you can pull the bars out in one piece, grease the foil.
  2. If you are using frozen berries, unthaw them in a medium bowl; it's okay if some are still frozen; you don't want them in complete mush. Add the remaining filling ingredients and stir gently and set aside.
  3. Now start the crust. Take a medium-size bowl and add the flour and sugars; stir. Take the vegan butter and a pastry cutter (or fork) and crumble the butter into the flour mixture until it's combined well, it will be a bit crumbly, and that's okay. Add your vegan milk and fold the batter until it absorbs the dough. This is a thick, somewhat crumbly dough (kind of like making biscuits).
  4. Take the dough and press it evenly into the bottom of the 8x8 pan. Bake this for 9 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and place the graham crackers on the top of the dough, covering the majority of the crust. Now take the berries they will be liquidy and pour them over the crust.
  6. Bake this for 40-45 minutes. The berries will thicken as cooked.
  7. Wait a few hours before cutting, or it will be too hard to move. You can speed this up by placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes and then cutting. These taste great cold from the fridge.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 8gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

The calories are computer generated and may not be 100% accurate.

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Harleen

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Can these be made a day before? Should I just store in the fridge and then cut them the day I need them?

Courtneys Homestead

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Yes, that works great. They taste good cold or at room temp! Thanks so much for stopping by! ❤️

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