Oat & Toasted Quinoa Blackberry-Coconut Squares (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!

 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!

With a delectable combination of textures and flavors, these delightful and tasty bars (free of refined sugars) are sure to satisfy your cravings whether as a snack, for breakfast, or as a healthy dessert!

They have a wonderful crisp quinoa-oat crust, an ooey gooey blackberry filling, and a crunchy coconut topping -- how can you go wrong?!

They are absolutely divine -- this I certainly promise...

 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
 These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!

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Oat & Toasted Quinoa Blackberry-Coconut Squares (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
These Oat and Toasted Quinoa Blackberry Coconut Squares make for one healthy and easy breakfast, snack or dessert with a lovely combination of flavors and textures!
Ingredients
  • Blackberry Filling:
  • 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbs coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Crust/Topping:
  • 1 cup toasted quinoa (*instructions below)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (reserve for topping only)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F.Prepare berry filling by combining all ingredients in a large mixing bowl & stirring until all is well combined. Set aside while you prepare the crust/topping.*On a parchment lined cookie sheet, spread your uncooked quinoa out in a single layer. Toast in your preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until beginning to turn golden. Remove & let cool. Keep oven on.To prepare your crust and topping, combine all ingredients except the shredded coconut.Use your fingers to mix and mash until all is very well combined.Line a round or square 8" baking dish with parchment paper.Take half of your crust/topping mixture and firmly press it into your parchment lined pan until it is a uniform & even layer. Pre-bake this crust for 10 minutes.Add shredded coconut to your remaining half of topping mixture. Combine well.Removed pre-baked crust from oven, and let cool a few minutes.When slightly cooled, pour your blackberry filling mix on top & spread until evenly covered.Using your hands, pour your topping mixture onto berry filling, and smooth out until evenly covered & firmly packed.Bake for 40 minutes, or until all is firm & beginning to turn golden.Let cool before slicing & serving.Enjoy!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 9 bars