A triple berry bar with a tall glass of milk.
Desserts, Gluten free

Berry-licious triple berry bars

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Fresh strawberries, blackberries and blueberries give this fresh bar a delicious tart-sweet flavor. It’s perfect for a dessert, breakfast or afternoon snack.

Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries.

It’s great to bring to meetings, brunches or church groups. These can also be made gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats (not manufactured in a facility that mills flour) and a good quality all-purpose gluten-free flour mixture.

I recently attended the International Food Bloggers Conference 2015 in Seattle, WA.

International Food Bloggers Conference 2015
International Food Bloggers Conference 2015

At the conference, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon at one of the premier sponsor’s headquarters – Chef’n. Chef’n designs and creates innovative kitchen gadgets and tools. Their mission is to make better tools so we can make better food. I have to agree that having the right tool to do a job certainly makes it easier and in most cases more enjoyable as well.

 

At Chef'n Corp
At Chef’n Corp

While at Chef’n, I received the StemGem, which I used to hull the strawberries for the triple-berry bars.

Getting ready to make triple-berry bars with the StemGem
Getting ready to make triple-berry bars with the StemGem

This handy tool helps you hull strawberries in a flash. I wished I had it earlier this summer during strawberry season when I was hulling a flat of fresh picked strawberries. I frequently freeze berries for smoothies and jams. I recommend buying one if you frequently hull strawberries.

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Pop it in the strawberry, a little twist and it's hulled.
Pop it in the strawberry, a little twist and it’s hulled.

As a side note – I also fell in love with the Chef’n FreshForce citrus juicer. Out of all the products I saw demonstrated, I wish I had gone home with this one. I use freshly squeezed lemon juice in everything from fresh salad dressings to these berry bars.

The Chef'n FreshForce citrus juicer
The Chef’n FreshForce citrus juicer

And now back to the triple berry bars! To make the bars you’ll need a 9 inch square baking pan and a pastry cutter (or two forks) to make the oat crumble. This is the finished product cooling. It will be hard to wait! But you must let it cool or you’re filling will ooze out!!

Let them cool completely before cutting into them.
Let them cool completely before cutting into them.

Ingredients

Berry Filling

Package of fresh strawberries (about 1 cup, hulled and quartered)
Package of fresh blueberries (about 1 cup)
Package of fresh blackberries (about 1 cup, cut in half if they are large blackberries)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp sea salt
Juice of half a medium-sized lemon

Oat Bar Crumble

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened

Method

Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the fruit, sugar and cornstarch. Toss the fruit, sugar and cornstarch so it is somewhat evenly distributed. Transfer the fruit to a large pot on the stove. Turn on the heat to medium-high and add the lemon juice and salt. As this mixture cooks, the fruit will soften and release juice. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries thickening up.
Strawberries, blackberries and blueberries thickening up.

The fruit will soften and fall apart. I prefer a somewhat more chunky consistency with medium to larger pieces of fruit. If necessary, you can add a tsp of water at a time and cook a few minutes longer to get a softer consistency. When the mixture is thickened, remove from the heat and set aside.

To make the oat bar crumble, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until it is crumbly texture. Two forks or a pastry cutter works great for this. Press half of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.

Pressing the berry filling into the 1st layer of the bars.
Pressing the berry filling into the 1st layer of the bars.

Add the fruit filling over the oat crumble base. Use a spatula and gently spread it out over the whole pan. Then add the remaining crumble mixture on top. Pat down lightly. Bake for 25 minutes. The top will turn a light golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve with fresh fruit or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. A nice view on the side helps too.

Serve with fresh fruit or a dollop of whipped cream.
Serve with fresh fruit or a dollop of whipped cream.

Berry-licious triple berry bars

The combination of fresh strawberries, blackberries and blueberries give this berry bar a sweet-tart punch. Delicious for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

Berry Filling

  • 1 package strawberries (about 1 cup, hulled and quartered)
  • 1 package blueberries (about 1 cup)
  • 1 package blackberries (about 1 cup, cut in half if large blackberries)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 juice of half a medium lemon

Oat Bar Crumble

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter (softened)

Berry Filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the fruit, sugar and cornstarch. Toss the fruit, sugar and cornstarch so it is somewhat evenly distributed. Transfer the fruit to a large pot on the stove. Turn on the heat to medium-high and add the lemon juice and salt. As this mixture cooks, the fruit will soften and release juice. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until it begins to thicken, about 8 to 10 minutes. The fruit will soften and fall apart. I prefer a somewhat more chunky consistency with medium to larger pieces of fruit. If necessary, you can add a tsp of water at a time and cook a few minutes longer to get a softer consistency. When the mixture is thickened, remove from the heat and set aside.

Oat Bar Crumble

  1. To make the oat bar crumble, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until it is crumbly texture. Two forks or a pastry cutter works great for this. Press half of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the baking pan. Add the fruit filling over the oat crumble base. Use a spatula and gently spread it out over the whole pan. Then add the remaining crumble mixture on top. Pat down lightly. Bake for 25 minutes. The top will turn a light golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. This can be eaten as is or served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Gluten-free substitutions: Replace the rolled oats and all-purpose flour with certified gluten-free rolled oats and gluten-free all purpose flour.

 

One Comment

  1. I bake the Triple Berry Bar often. I had mixed frozen fruit package and it had cherries, blueberries and blackberries; I had a few strawberries and added those. This Berry Bar is yummy and easy to make. It doesn’t last long in this house.

     

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