Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Paleo Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bars

I apologize for the "eh" photo... hoping the 2nd try at these is more photogenic!
Today's recipe is my first attempt at creating a healthy "back to school" snack/lunch box treat as part of a guest blog post I'm doing for this coming weekend. The requirements for the recipe were dairy and gluten-free, with paleo recipes being a plus. I got a bit greedy, unfortunately, and tried to omit the eggs to make things vegan as well.

I'm sharing my concoction as it is quite delicious, and would taste absolutely scrumptious either fresh out of the freezer, or perhaps smushed up in a bowl with a little coconut milk ice cream. I got the flavor just right (in my humble opinion), but no matter how long I baked it couldn't get the bars to really firm up as I wanted. I did find them plenty sweet, though, which I accomplished largely through the natural sweetness of the apple.

I will be revisiting it again tomorrow, swapping out the flax for a couple of eggs.

Paleo Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bars (Take #1)

2 cups almond flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tbs. ground flax
6 tbs. water
1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
3/4 cup natural applesauce
1/2 cup chopped, peeled apple
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbs. palm sugar
large handful of raw walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350. Mix flax with 6 tbs. water in a small bowl and allow to sit. Meanwhile, combine almond flour through salt in a large bowl. Add flax mixture, milk and applesauce. In another small bowl toss chopped apple with remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon and palm sugar. Once apple is thoroughly coated, add to batter.

Fold in walnuts and pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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