Tongue Twisted Buckwheat Berry Binge Bars

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 25, 2011

How was your Easter weekend?

I’ll be quite honest with you, I’m not ready to go back to work today.

I had 4 sweet days off and couldn’t have enjoyed myself more. Why does time fly when you’re having fun? It’s just not fair.

Speaking of time off, only 4 more weeks until our vacation to Golden, BC!

It’s one of our favorite places to go. It’s nestled between a valley of mountains, with a river running through, endless trails for hiking, and so much quiet, it can calm any soul… mmm it couldn’t come soon enough!

I’m so thankful to live so close to such a beautiful place.

How many weeks did I say, 4?

Ugh.

Okay, now that I’ve totally teased myself…

Let’s get back to delicious bar goodness.

I made these bars for our Easter dinner on Saturday but initially gave some to our neighbors as a test run.

They passed with flying colors on the first try. Yay!

My favorite part of these bars is the fruit filling. Once the bars were in the oven, I was stuck standing at the stove for a good 10 minutes dragging my finger along the bottom of the pot, then into my mouth, bottom of the pot, into my mouth, side of the… well, you get the picture.

Note to self: next time – double the fruit filling and eat it for breakfast.

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Tongue Twisted Buckwheat Berry Binge Bars

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Light, sugar free bars with a crunchy buckwheat topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 granny smith apple, diced small – keep skin on!
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut/palm sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup uncontaminated rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat groats, divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut/palm sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • 1/8 tsp white powdered stevia
  • 1 flax egg [1 tbsp freshly ground flax + 2 tbsp water] *see note
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line 9×9 square pan with parchment paper across both sides for easy lifting and set aside. In a small bowl, mix arrowroot with warm water to form a paste. Set aside.
  2. Berry Filling: combine the berries, apple, apple juice, coconut sugar, stevia and vanilla extract in a blender and pulse quickly. Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the pre-mixed arrowroot mixture. Whisk until all clumps are gone and set aside.
  3. Base: Grind half of the buckwheat groats in a food processor or coffee grinder. Pour mixture into a large bowl and add remaining buckwheat, oats, almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, stevia, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flax egg, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour wet into dry and mix until combined. It will be slightly dry, but keep mixing with hands until it’s incorporated.
  5. Drop 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared pan and push down firmly with fingers to smooth out. Grab the prepared berry filling and spread over the top of the base until smooth.
  6. Now, crumble the remaining oat mixture on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is slightly golden and firm. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into squares.

Makes 16 squares.

note: generally flax eggs are comprised of 1 tbsp flax and 3 tbsp water, but use 2 tbsp in this recipe. It’s not a typo!

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I have a very, very busy week ahead of me. eak!

To make things a heck of a lot easier, I spent most of Sunday morning preparing my meals for the week

  • Boiled lentils
  • Cooked 2 cups of rice
  • Made 3 types of salad dressings
  • A week wouldn’t be complete without a batch of hummus
  • Precooked 1 lb of chicken
  • Made 6 hard boiled eggs
  • Washed and cut carrots, celery, cucumber
  • Whipped up another batch of muffins

I’m ready. Bring it on!

How do you prepare for a busy week?

What’s your favorite fruit filling in bars, cookies, cakes, whatever.

Apple

Do you have any vacations coming up?

Want to do a guest post on Healthful Pursuit?

I knew there was a reason I got into major vacation mode this morning. While we’re hanging out in Golden at the end of May, I hoped to find a few lovely readers to guest post! Leave a comment or drop me an email at leanne[at]leannevogel.com if you’re interested!

Only requirement: you have to share a recipe with us! It doesn’t have to be original or exclusive, it just has to be one of your favorites!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

I have a busy week this week too! Wednesday – Sunday are going to be crazy. I am starting to prep some stuff for the week ahead tonight! I’m premaking a huge pot of grains so I have some “go to” meals!

These bars look delicious!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Go to meals sure take the pressure off. I’m really looking forward to coming home tonight and whipping up my lunch in 5 minutes.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

Leanne, the bars look amazing! My mom used to make raspberry bars that seem similar to those bars, well, the look similar but hers were butter, sugar, brown sugar, oats, raspberries :) I would love to take a crack at your bars…awesome looking!

And guest posts…If you are in a serious jam and need something, email me if it’s mission critical and youre in a jam. It would be a recycled recipe, just being honest. Hopefully you wont need me tho!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Raspberry sounds amazing! I’ve done raspberry fig before and loved the outcome!
No worries on the guest post – not mission critical at all, but thanks SO much for the offer and support! :)

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Happy Easter!!! Those bars look absolutely amazing :) But I’d love to do a guest post! Just let me know ;)

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas

Those bars look so delicious -I think my favorite filling would have to be raspberry. Although – if I am in the right mood, a cherry filled bar can hit the spot!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Cherry filled… I haven’t done that in years!

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

These are my favorite kind of treats, warm fruit gets me every time.

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Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl)

Those bars look so good!

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Stephanie

Those bars look amazing! So beautiful… And I hear your longing for BC. I lived on Vancouver Island for four years and loved every single minute of it.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Vancouver island is so amazing. Why did you move?

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Faith @ lovelyascharged

I would definitely love to whip up a recipe for your blog! When do you need the finished draft by?

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Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life

Another beautiful and tasty looking recipe! I’m not surprised. You got it going on girl :-) Golden looks like such a gorgeous place to vacation to. You’re going to have a beautiful time. I hope the next four weeks cruise by quickly for you :-) I’d love to do a guest post for you too. It seems like you already have a lot of offers. Just putting it out there though!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

this looks delicious and healthy!!!

thanks for the blog post on the sunbutter giveaway. if you click on “open ID” you can write your URL in next time! hope that helps :).

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Very good to know! I’ve wanted to comment on your blog so many times and didn’t know how. Thanks so much, Junia :)

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Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh

New reader here! Those bars look so yummy! I love anything with fruit in them, especially raspberry or strawberry. And I prepare for busy weeks by…haha I don’t. I am a procrastinator! hahah :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha well, at least you’re honest with the procrastination! I’m with you on raspberry + strawberry, they’re delicious in just about everything!

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Lauren @ WWoB

Ah, those bars look amazing. I just had your quinoa bake for breakfast and it was superb. I trust your recipes completely. I would be honored to do a guest post for you any time, and I would definitely whip up something delicious and Healthful Pursuit-worthy! The standards are high, I know…. ;)

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Jaclyn and Jenn @ sketchfreevegan

those bars are so clean and healthy and low sugar which is always a good thing :)
My sister and I are embarking on an anti-candida cleanse and I’d love to share one of our recipes we make!

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Brittany

These bars look amazing. I want one right now. :)

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Brittany

PS – Your favicon always makes me think of Harry Potter. Not sure if that intended or not, but I like it.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha SO not intended… but totally hilarious.

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Kankana

The bars looks so healthy and delicious and low sugar .. awsm :) The pics are beautiful and I like your short hair look.. striking pose !! ;)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I am a pose striker, that’s for sure! I think it’s from my dance days.

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(what runs) Lori

Gah! I’d surely (and happily) binge on these bars! Geez, they look amazing!!! Mmmmmm.

Soooooooo… I’ll guest post on your blog if you’ll guest post on mine (around the end of May, too…)…
:)

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

Holy deliciousness!! They look amazing, I gotta make some bars :D

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I think bars are my favorite thing to make. Have fun making your batch!

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Parsley Sage

Mouthwatering binge bars. So, so nice. Glad to see you made some of those muffins again for the week ahead. Me too! That streusel topping is just too darn good.

On to your questions, I’d have to say my favorite fruit filling is blueberry. And we also have a trip coming up in May. We’re heading to London to dance on the groom’s side of my first traditional Indian wedding. I got to buy a yellow dress :)

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Jess@HealthyExposures

ahhh, these look amazing. i love berry filling in bars – that or fig!! you can never go wrong with fig. i almost just said “oh, and dates,” but then realized i could probably go on forever saying what my “favorite filling” is; which I guess implies that I can’t play favorites with fruit :P
Golden looks absolutely beautiful!! 4 weeks isn’t that far away, you know ;) I would love to do a guest post for you if you still need people!
Also; love pre-making meals when I know I’ll have a busy week. Luckily lately I’ve been pretty relaxed with the weather being so cruddy and work only being 3x a week – but when I worked 5+ days a week I relied on Sunday mornings to do the same things you mentioned!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Mmm I’m all about the fig too. Golden is beautiful, have you ever been to Canada?
I just sent you an email about the guest post. Thanks SO much. You rock each and every one of your posts, so I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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Reka

Oh, how I miss the mountains! Hiking is such a fun, fun time for calorie-burn! Much better than a sweaty gym! :) I live in Ohio = Flat Land :(

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You’re right, I can’t wait to go hiking! Ohio is beautiful though!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

Mmm, those bars look awesome :) The fruit combination looks so tasty. You’ll have such a good time in Golden in a month. It’s gonna be so warm. I’m so excited for warmer weather! I can’t wait :D

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what katie's baking

mmmmmm!! i can see why they’re called binge bars!
super yummy.
also, if you don’t have too many offers already, i would like to do a guest post!
just let me know! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Katie – I’ve already filled all of the guest posts, but thank you for your offer! I’ll be going on vacation again, so I’ll do this again soon!

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Angela (Oh She Glows)

These look amazing!!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Angela, they were SO delicious!

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Jasmine

Those look so amazing. I can hardly wait to gather the ingredients for this recipe. Found your blog tonite and fell in love!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Jasmine! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did :)

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Rebecca

Just made these tonight with the following changes:
-Used a round pan as my square one was too small
-Used sucanat instead of coconut sugar
-Used raspberries instead of strawberries
Everything else was the same, except mine didn’t seem moist enough to hold together well. When I combined the wet & dry ingredients, it seemed like there wasn’t enough liquid to bind it. Any suggestions?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Rebecca, when I combined the wet and dry I really had to mix it together with my hands. It was a tough dough (which is what you want for the base). Coconut sugar and sucanat are a bit different, so it could have been that. There are so many variables when baking. When I make these again, I’ll be sure to note your issues. I’ve already made them twice with no problems so this puzzles me. Were you able to get it in the oven and bake it?

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Stray

Hi, I’d love to do these, but I can’t find coconut sugar or stevia where I live (actually i’d never heard of them before this post) so I was wondering… how can I change the recipe?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You can find coconut sugar (also known as palm sugar) and stevia on Amazon, if you order books from there, next time grab a couple of groceries! In the meantime, of course you can substitute. You can try replacing the coconut sugar 1 to 1 with brown sugar or sucanat sugar (pure cane sugar), and for the stevia, just add a couple of tablespoons of whatever sugar you have on hand. Good luck!

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Jim

Are the buckwheat groats you use raw or toasted?

Jim

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

They were raw

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Stef

Hey! I just saw this post – I live in Golden BC! My hubby and I just bought a lodge here! You should come stay with us next time you come out. We have great cabins!!! :)
I love your recipes. So delicious!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Stef! I think your sister (or someone in your family) mentioned your cabins. Either way, I saved the URL ages ago and it’s on our calendar for next spring. We’ll definitely be seeing you!!

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Carole

I prepare stir fries for a busy week, also a number of your smoothie recipes now. My favorite thing to find in a cake bar, pie, fruit bar would have to be either apple or strawberry. I am waiting for amazon.com to send me buckwheat groats, and then I am making this!

I have a Q though, can arrowroot starch be replaced by cornstarch?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Carole – although I haven’t tried it, I’m pretty sure cornstarch can replace the arrowroot with no issues. Enjoy the bars!

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Mireya @MyHealthyEatingHabits

Leanne,

These bars are making me drool. I’ve got some berries in the freezer so I know what I’ll be making this weekend. Thanks!

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