Recipe: Perfect Pear Oat Crumble Bars (Raw)

Gah – too delicious to describe! When you taste them you won’t believe they are completely free of refined sugars, flours, and dairy. They are sweetened only by dates and a touch of honey! I came up with this recipe after needing things to do with all the pears my boyfriend and I “wildly foraged” off an AMAZING tree we found at the side of the road. I’m learning that you really don’t need to look too far to find sweet treats from nature – this goes for pretty well most places I go!

Ingredients

Base
– 1 cup nuts/ seeds of choice (I like to use a mix of sunflower seeds and almonds)
– 2 and 1/2 cups whole rolled oats
– 2 cups dates
– 2 Tbsp. raw honey
– Dash of sea salt
Middle
– 3 to 4 pears
– 2 Tbsp water
– Dash of cinnamon
Add for Topping
– 1 cup coconut
– 1 cup whole rolled oats
– 1/2 cup dates
– 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

– Place nuts/ seeds in a blender or food processor and mix until you reach a flour like consistency
– Add remaining “base” ingredients and mix until you reach a crumble like consistency. NOTE: it might be more difficult to mix this depending on the quality of your blender. Do your best to be patient. I find blending in smaller “batches” really helps if your blender is super high powered
– Firmly press 3/4 of this mixture into an 8 x8 pan
– In the mean time, chop the pears into slices (skin on is good) and place in a small pot on stove top with cinnamon and water. Let come to a light boil and then turn low to simmer until pears are soft and tender to touch with a fork
– With the remaining 1/4 of the crumble mixture, add remaining “topping” ingredients (coconut, oats, dates, cinnamon) and mix in blender again until you reach a consistent texture
– Pour pear mixture over the base, followed by the remaining crumble topping
– Best stored in fridge for up to 5 days or freezer for any longer than that

Picking the wild pear tree at the side of the road. Once we discovered it we went back with a ladder and picked it well.
Super stoked on one of the many buckets we picked!
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