A Heart-Healthy Snack: Berry Lemonade Cobbler Bars Well+Good

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In exactly 30 days, the last day of summer will be here, which means it’s your last chance to stock up on watermelons, peaches, and even pumpkin-spiced everything while they’re still in season. In the latest episode of Cook With Us, vegan cookbook author Haile Thomas demonstrates how to use berries to soak up the last fruits of summer. Bars with berries and lemonade.

Thomas describes the bars—which, by the way, are vegan and gluten-free as “super seasonal, refreshing, and just a great way to enjoy berry season.” Do you know how to make perfect crumbly cobblers without gluten? The solution isn’t complicated at all. To make this recipe, you’ll need gluten-free flour, rolled oats, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract. (These three ingredients will add sweetness and shine to the crumble.) “It’s a very classic dish, and you can customize it with all the spices you like,” Thomas says, adding that she uses cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom in her own version.

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and spread them into the baking dish. You can experiment with your favorite fruits, too; Thomas uses strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries in hers. Are you in possession of some blackberries? Don’t hold back. Do you prefer something a bit more unusual such as muberries or goji berries? You’re right, those are great, too. As all berries are packed with antioxidants, you will make your bars a heart-healthy snack no matter which berries you select. You can enhance the taste and sweetness of your berries by drizzling corn starch over them. For another note of sweetness, Thomas also adds maple syrup.

In about 30 minutes, remove the oat bars from the oven and sprinkle generously with lemon zest. Thomas says the lemon juice adds an extra zing to everything. In addition to just using two dishes, you only messed up two dishes while making your berry lemonade cobbler bars. Find out how they came together in the video above and how to make the recipe below.

Cobbler bars with berries and lemonade

1-cup rolled old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
A 1/2-cup serving of coconut sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
1/2 cup of raspberries
1 and a half cups blueberries
2 tbsp cornstarch
The amount of maple syrup should be 1 tablespoon

1. 350 degrees Fahrenheit should be the temperature of the oven. Use parchment paper to line a square baking dish.

2. Mix rolled oats, gluten-free flour, coconut sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Pour in the coconut oil and stir well. A crumbly, moist texture is ideal.

3. The bottom of the prepared pan should be covered by about two-thirds of the dough. On top of this bottom layer, place sliced strawberries and raspberries. Cornstarch should be lightly dusted over the surface and maple syrup drizzled.

4. Top with the remaining dough and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

5. Slice after allowing to cool. Please enjoy!

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