Gluten-Free Vegan Raspberry Almond Squares

Gluten-Free Vegan Raspberry Almond Squares {Paleo & Refined Sugar-Free too}

So I made these gluten-free vegan raspberry almond squares for my husband since he's not a desserts fan, but does like the occasional raspberry (or apple) treat. And yet, as I was making them, I couldn't lay my hands off the batter. And as I was photographing them, I couldn't lay my hands off the squares :P . He's lucky he even got to eat any. And you're lucky they survived long enough to at least show you what they look like ;) . They're literally finger-licking good!

Gluten-Free Vegan Raspberry Almond Squares {Paleo & Refined Sugar-Free too}

Note: they can be made with a store bought raspberry jam for a quick dessert, though if you can't find a vegan brand or a paleo diet approved brand (i.e. refined sugar-free), then you can use my Vegan Paleo Balsamic Raspberry Rhubarb Jam {Refined Sugar-Free} recipe or any other homemade jam you like (go for the thicker kinds though).

P.S. If you like these, you may also like these Gluten-Free Vegan Caramelized Apple Nut Squares {also Paleo}.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Raspberry Almond Squares {Paleo & Refined Sugar-Free too}

Gluten-Free Vegan Raspberry Almond Squares


Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp very warm water
  • 2 ½ cups almonds
  • cup liquid sweetener of your choice (I used maple syrup)
  • cup coconut oil, melted or very soft
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup raspberry jam of your choice (see notes above)
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking dish (or anything of a similar size) with some parchment paper.
  2. Make a flax egg by mixing the ground flax in warm water in a small cup. Stir and set aside to gel for a few minutes.
  3. Process almonds in a food processor until ground just slightly coarser than almond flour. Add in your sweetener, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and flax egg, and process until everything is combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 22 minutes until the base becomes slightly golden and springs back when touched lightly.
  5. Remove the baking dish from the oven (keep oven running though). Spread raspberry jam evenly over the top. Sprinkle sliced almonds evenly on top of the jam. Return back to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes until the almonds begin to get slightly golden.
  6. Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Once cool, cut into squares and enjoy. I like these warm personally, but my husband likes chilled desserts better, so if you’re that kind of person then just refrigerate for an hour or two to chill.

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