Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gone to sunbutter and jam heaven bars

Sunbutter and jam heaven bars

 I think I've gone to sunbutter and jam heaven!

Misha and Nika enjoy another backpacking adventure.

You can see how Gone to sunbutter and jam heaven bars are making Misha, my husky, and Nika, my malamute, smile! Actually, they love backpacking too!

Here's what you need for the jelly topping:
  • 3 cups blueberries and blackberries, mixed (use frozen or fresh berries)
  • stevia, to taste
  • vegans use 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup chia seed; as an alternative, 1/2 cup water with 1 T. gelatin from grass-fed cows
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
Here's what you need for the crust:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sunflower seed meal (use organic seeds, if possible)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 T. unsweetened organic sunbutter
For the sunbutter layer:

  • 1 pear, cored and diced (no need to peel)
  • stevia, to taste
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sunbutter
Here's what you do:

Make the jam. Pour 3 cups of berries into a saucepan. Bring to simmer with water. Add the chia or gelatin. Turn off the heat. Add the zest. Allow to cool. Puree in a food processor. Return to fridge to allow to thicken. Raw alternative: place fresh or thawed frozen berries in a food processor with chia seed and pulse until blended and thickened.

Make the crust. Grind the sunflower seeds into a meal using your grinder or food processor. Mix with other ingredients in a bowl. Press into an 8-by-8-inch square pan, lined with parchment paper. Place in the fridge to firm up the crust.

Make the sunbutter layer. Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until thick and creamy.

To assemble, spread sunbutter mixture on crust. Place back in fridge to firm up. Finally, top with cooled jam.

Cut into bars. Store in fridge for up to one week. Or store them in the freezer.

 Now, you've gone to sunbutter and jam heaven.
Even better: bite into one of these bars while kayaking, backpacking or hiking.

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

Of course you know that I love that raw alternative! But both sound delicious! Well done!

Sheree Welshimer said...

Thank you! Yes, I would love the alternative too but sometimes my tummy doesn't cooperate.

Adrienne said...

These look great! We have an Allergy-Free Blog Hop you should check out:

Sandra said...

Very pretty - love that it works with Stevia!

Sheree Welshimer said...

There are so many naturally sweet ingredients (berries, sunbutter, pear) in this recipe. You could really go sweetener free but a touch of stevia enhances the flavors. Thank you for your comments.

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