Freaky Vegan Daughter: Blackberry Raw Bars
Freaky Vegan Daughter (FVD) returns with some end of summer treats. It’s WWAC Warriors meets offbeat feminist southern debutante.
Summer is my favorite season, and sadly it’s coming to a close. Labor Day is upon us which officially marks the end of continuous sunshine, lazy days, so many outdoor adventures, and of course berry and peach season. The end of summer has me reminiscing about the beginning of summer when blackberries were in season, and I was eating them right off the bush which, in my humble opinion, is the best way to eat a blackberry.
I love berries, especially blackberries. When I was a wee young deb, we had a wild blackberry bush along the back of our backyard fence, which really to be honest was more on the side of the pasture behind us than our house, but that really didn’t stop me. I would reach my hand through the fence grab onto a limb and shake till berries fell off then gobble them whole. On occasion, I would crack the fallen pecans off our pecan tree and eat a blackberry then a pecan. I was eating deconstructed blackberry pie and nuts before deconstructed foods were all the rage, but then, I’ve always been far ahead of the curve. Just ask my Dad about my tennis shoes and cotton dress phase.
So since summer has only a few more sunsets in her, let’s enjoy these last few summer days with some raw blackberry oat bars. They are cool, refreshing, and tasty.
Blackberry Raw Bars
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pureed berries
- 1.5 cups oats
- ¼ cup agave
- 3 dates, finely chopped or 2 T molasses (I prefer dates as it gives the bar a thicker consistency)
- 3 T coconut oil
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- To make the base pour the almonds into a food processor or blender and pulse into a flour-like consistency, then add the dates and process until they stick together. Press the base into a baking dish and set aside.
- To make the berry mixture, place berries in a food processor or blender and puree. Scoop berries into a mixing bowl and the rest of the berry mixture ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Layer the berry mixture on top of the base and place in freezer, covered for 30 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and cut into squares. Store in your refrigerator.
- When ready to eat, garnish the bars with a cinnamon dusting, dark chocolate shavings, or simply keep it au natural.
Voila, you’ve got raw blackberry bars. These bars are great as a snack, breakfast, or dessert. Take ’em to one of the many labor day barbecues on your calendar.