consolation prize: raspberry breakfast bars

raspberry breakfast bars | everybody likes sandwiches

Last Sunday we attended a bbq filled with my husband’s extended family. Croquet was the before dinner entertainment and while I love the game, The game does not love me. We had a set growing up but my brother and I used the mallets more as threatening weapons than learning the intricacies of game play. That changed when I became involved with Cornelius. For his family, croquet is SERIOUS BUSINESS. Their expansive lawn with dips and valleys and hills and bushes as obstacles make for a challenging course. And Cornelius, his dad and everyone with a drop of related blood seems to go for the jugular. Did you think croquet was a civilized sport played only for fun? Think again. It’s cut throat and cruel…and of course, super fun.

croquet | everybody likes sandwiches

I’m not as cut-throat as the rest of Cornelius’ family and I seem to lack that talent for aiming the ball, thus, I trailed behind. Still, I love the game even if Cornelius did win by a mile. I nursed my loss with a hot dog, coleslaw, and handfuls of fresh raspberries. After the bbq, I was gifted with a giant ice cream container filled with fresh raspberries from a distant cousin’s garden. A consolation prize for coming in last? I’ll take it. While I greedily snacked on all the raspberries I could handle, I figured that something needed to be done with the soggier berries near the bottom of the container.

raspberry breakfast bars | everybody likes sandwiches

Let me introduce you to these lovely raspberry breakfast bars.

raspberry breakfast bars | everybody likes sandwiches

Spelt flour, almond flour (aka almond meal aka ground almond), brown sugar and oats act as the base and the crumble. Toasted coconut, vanilla extract, and warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon tag along for the ride. Coconut oil and egg bind it all together while the fresh raspberries are unsweetened, save for a thin smear of raspberry jam along the bottom crust. These are totally easy bars to put together. Make them in the evening, refrigerate them overnight and Ta-Da, you have sweet and fruity breakfast bars come morning!

raspberry breakfast bars | everybody likes sandwiches

Have your morning cup ready and eat a square. They’re equally good in the evening too!

raspberry breakfast bars | everybody likes sandwiches

21 comments to “consolation prize: raspberry breakfast bars”

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    Nicole   July 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I’d take those bars over a croquet win any day! That tub of raspberries was the real prize. I think we had a croquet set in the garage and also used the mallets more as weapons, ha. I don’t think I’ve ever properly played the game!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar   July 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Totally digging these! What a fun, summer, bar!

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    Joanne   July 17, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I would take a big bowl of raspberries over a croquet win! And these bars, consequently. So good!

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    Emma   July 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    These look fab, and bonus that they’re pretty healthy too 🙂 I’ve finished my freezer supply of raspberris but still have a load of blackberries to use, which I’m sure will be perfect in these bars.
    Ah croquet…I’ve never been a fan but it’s pretty much obligatory playing after exams at my university!

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    jacquie   July 17, 2013 at 9:59 am

    those look great and healthy too. which of course means one can eat more – right? unfortunately raspberry season is over here but i’m thinking it would work just as well with blackberries and peaches and probably going w/ cardamom with at least the later. Do you really need the jam? it is not something use and really don’t want to have to purchase for such a small amount. but I wonder if it doesn’t seal the bottom crust from the juice of the berries and helps prevent a soggy crust.

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   July 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Argh! Can’t wait to start using my oven again. These look so tempting and I have 2 tubs of raspberries in the freezer to be used. Yum!

    Raspberries trump croquet any day in my book 🙂

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    kickpleat   July 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks Nicole, me too!

    Yes, thanks Katrina.

    Thanks Joanne!

    Wow, I love the idea of croquet after exams – stress reliever!! And I think these would be great with blackberries!

    Jacquie, I think you can skip the jam and be fine. Let me know how it goes – I second the peaches idea!

    Joanne, too hot for the oven? It’s hot here too, but luckily our evenings are nice and cool so I can bake in the mornings and evenings 🙂

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   July 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Kickpleat, today with the humidex it felt like 45C. It’s hotter in the house in the evenings than out on the street. Our house retains a lot of the daytime heat. We’ve got 2 ceiling fans going all day long but no A/C. So no oven usage for a while.

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    kickpleat   July 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Joanne, yikes!! Though I do remember what Ontario summers were like. Hot n’ sweaty. We don’t even have humidex readings out here (Cornelius doesn’t even know what that means – he thought I made up the word when I first told him about it!). Stay cool!! Drink some iced tea!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   July 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Haha! I wish the word “humidex” was an urban myth 🙂 Yes, I made a pitcher of iced tea yesterday and I need to make more as it’s almost gone. I’ve been going to local swimming pools to stay cool except you can’t really swim as it’s packed with families. The city has been issued an extreme heat alert. We’re expecting lower temps (28C) on Saturday and Sunday(24C).

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    kickpleat   July 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Joanne, yes, I hear the pools are free!! That is awesome. Enjoy the “cooler” weather ahead 🙂

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    Stephanie   July 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Making these right now. Your pictures look awesome… Recipe was super easy… Mix, pat down, preheat, spread out jam + berries, pour on the topping and bake. Yay. Trying your idea of cardamom with blueberry jam + fresh juicy blueberries – my hubby isn’t a fan of raspberries so I will have to do that one another time… taking them on our road trip. Will let you know how they turn out 🙂 Thanks for the good ideas 🙂

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    Kat   July 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I just made them, using mostly blueberries, a few raspberries, and strawberry jam spread on the crust. I also swapped out five spice powder for the cinnamon and nutmeg. They’re fabulous!

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    Paula   July 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Made these tonight and they were delicious! I used all white whole wheat flour instead of the almond and spelt and also used frozen red raspberries. Turned out great. Now to keep myself from eating the whole pan!

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    kickpleat   July 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks Stephanie, I hope you loved them as much as we did! I love that you tried blueberries, hope it went well!

    Nice, Kat – I saw your photo on instagram & they looked great. Nice add with the 5-spice powder!

    Paula, I’m glad they worked with frozen berries too! Hooray!

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    Jen   July 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi! I made these these bars this afternoon with blueberries and strawberry jam on the crust and they are just delightful. Chewy, just the right amount of tartness, perfect all around. Thanks for the recipe, Jeannette!

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    Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie   July 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    These look delicious! I love raspberries and always keep some in the freezer when they aren’t in season, so I think I may have to give this a try over the weekend!

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    kickpleat   July 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Jen, I saw your photos!! They looked great and I’m so glad you tried them with blueberries and declared them a success.

    Liz, I hope you do! Enjoy 🙂

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    Caz   August 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I made these with gooseberries! They were really delicious. I had to slightly adapt the recipe to make them gluten free and they were fab. Thanks for a great recipe. 🙂

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    kickpleat   August 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Caz, gooseberries sound so good! I’d love to try that here 🙂 In fact, I’d just love to find gooseberries that aren’t so expensive because I’d totally eat them up!

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    Maria @ Foodpix photography   December 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    It looks awesome & easy to make, the recipe is so simple.
    Thanks for sharing

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