Grain Free Fruit Squares {Paleo, Gluten Free, & Vegan}

I originally set out to make a batch of my Oatmeal Fruit Squares (sooo good by the way!), but at the last minute decided to make a grain free version. They have a shortbread-type crust, sweet fruit filling, and a streusel-like topping… all grain, dairy, egg, and refined sugar free (depending on the type of preserves you buy)!!!

They’re not overly sweet because we like to eat these at breakfast but if you would like your squares to be sweeter, just add in an extra tablespoon or two of coconut palm sugar to the topping. Also, I added cinnamon to the topping because cinnamon goes so good with blueberries, which is what I used. But you can use any berry variety you’d like for the filling and coordinate the spices for the streusel topping. For example: seedless raspberry filling with some unsweetened coconut (only a Tbsp or 2) or even some lemon zest in the topping instead of cinnamon… the possibilities are endless.

I know I’ve been a little obsessed with my pie crust recipe lately. I’ve used it to make pop tarts, fresh strawberry pie, a lemon meringue pie, and now these fruit squares. But I have some different-type recipes coming up. I promise!

Well not really.

I have my eye on an apple pie recipe I want to try.

Maybe then I’ll move on to a new obsession. Maybe.

But for now you can enjoy all of my creations based on my pie crust recipe. Namely these fruit squares ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!!!

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Grain Free Fruit Squares {Paleo, Gluten Free, & Vegan}

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Author: Cassidy

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Ingredients

  • 1 C Blanched Almond Flour Honeyville Brand
  • 1/2 C Arrowroot Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Whole Psyllium Husks or 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 4 Tbsp. Earth Balance Butter Coconut Oil, or Non-Hydrogenated Shortening
  • 1 Large Egg or 1 Tbsp. Ground Chia Seeds with dry ingredients and 3-5 Tbsp. Cold Water with the wet ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1/2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Preserves Of Choice I used blueberry
  • 1/2 C Chopped Walnuts Or Pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with foil leaving about an inch of foil over the pan (so you can use as a handle to remove bars) and lightly spray with gfcf cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a food processor combine the almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, psyllium husks, salt, and soda. Give it a good whirl until it's one lovely flour. *If you don't have a food processor, mix with a whisk then cut in butter with a pastry cutter or 2 forks
  • Add the butter, then pulse until the flour looks like sand with small balls in it.
  • Add the egg, vanilla, and honey. The texture should be similar to play-dough. Add 1 tsp. ice cold water at a time or 1 tsp. arrowroot until it reaches the right consistency.
  • Press half of the dough into the prepared pan, then spread the preserves over the dough leaving 1/2 inch on the outside bare.
  • Add the walnuts or pecans, cinnamon, and sugar to the remaining dough and pulse until crumbly.
  • Lightly press the topping into the preserves.
  • Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until very nicely browned. Cool completely.
  • Use foil to remove bars from pan. Cut into 9 squares.
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Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.

 
 

 

this post is part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Fat Tuesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, and Allergy Free Wednesdays

Posted May 15, 2012 by Cassidy in Bars & Snacks, Breakfast & Muffins, Egg Free, Paleo, Vegan / 10 Comments

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10 responses to “Grain Free Fruit Squares {Paleo, Gluten Free, & Vegan}

  1. Hi Cassidy,

    Another amazing recipe! These look sooo good. My favorite. I just can’t keep up with all your creative recipes. I have a little “to make” from Cassidy list going! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hugs,
    –Amber

    • Cassidy

      Hi Leanne,

      Usually oat flour cannot be substituted for almond flour ๐Ÿ™ If you want to make this recipe, I recommend finding pie crust recipe that does not contain nuts and using that as the crust. Then, replace the nuts in the topping with oats! I hope this helps!

      -Cassidy

    • Cassidy

      Awe, thanks Shirley! And thanks for sharing them on All Gluten Free Desserts! This is one of our favorite recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

      xo,
      Cassidy

  2. Lora

    I don’t like having to change your recipe, however I found that I am sensitive to coconut. Maybe the small amount in the recipe wouldn’t be a big deal, but I also don’t have any. Is there something I can use in place of the coconut flour?

    • Cassidy

      Hi Lora, The base to this recipe is my pie crust recipe, so I’ve experimented with it a lot! I have successfully left out the coconut flour and increased the arrowroot to 3/4 C. It’s not quite as soft and fluffy, but it’s still very good ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you like it!!!

      -Cassidy

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