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Gluten-Free Raspberry Crunch Bars – Recipe!

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Gluten-free desserts are everywhere today and whether you have a sensitivity or not, sometimes it’s just fun to enjoy baked goods with different textures.  These Raspberry Crunch Bars are made with gluten-free flour, oats, nuts and jam and boy are they great!

You can find gluten-free flour at most stores and the flour is what makes these bars so crumbly. The oats and nuts add a earthiness that enrich the crust and the raspberry jam, adds to the party.  The entire combination of flavors have an old school vibe, which makes these squares super delish.

I almost named these bars – No Brainer Bars, they are that easy to bake.  I think you’ll love this dessert and not even notice it is gluten-free.

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Ingredients

1 1/3 cups Gluten Free Flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (found in high-end specialty stores or online)

1 stick cold butter, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

1/3 cup rolled oats

1 13 ounce jar raspberry preserves

(Makes 16 Bars)

To Prepare:

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, or stand mixer combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt and xanthan gum.  To flour mixture, add pieces of butter and mix on low, until coarse crumbles.

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2.  Next, remove 1/2 cup of dough and set it aside.  Dump rest of dough mixture into a foil lined 8 x 8 pan.  Press dough into pan, until it reaches sides.  Place pan in oven to bake for 13 minutes, or just until set.

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3.  Take reserved dough and add brown sugar, pecans and oats. Using your fingers, gently squeeze together, until it clumps together slightly.

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4.  Remove crust from oven and spread preserves over the entire crust. Next, add crumbly oat mixture.

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5.  Place bars into oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature before slicing. Cut bars into squares and place them on your favorite platter or dish.  Enjoy!

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