The recipe for these double chocolate raspberry bars came from my friend, Amy B. (who is blessed with baby #6 on the way!) — I’ve only tweaked the recipe a little here and there – you will loooooove these… IF you like raspberry, that is. The crust comes out light and a little flaky, and the combination of sweet from the chocolate and a little tang from the raspberries is dreamy.
Double Chocolate Raspberry Bars
Yield 9x13 Pan
- 1 1/2 cups whole grain flour (soft whole wheat pastry flour or spelt, I used sprouted spelt flour this time – I have good luck with this in baked goods and like getting more varied grainsinto our diets.)
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour or I like Einkorn flour
- 1 cup palm or coconut sugar (or other natural sugar)
- 1 1/2 cups butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free)
- 2-10 ounce packages of frozen raspberries (organic is best)
- 1/2 cup orange juice (I found “Minute Maid” that only had OJ & water in the ingredients list) UPDATE: I don't keep OJ on hand, but I always have lemons, so I tried lemon juice and it worked great.
- 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Flour (or organic cornstarch)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (see the post about chocolate chips & GMO’s)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips – these aren’t in the picture because I forgot to get them at the store. Here is the only brand I’ve found without trans fats.
- Heat oven to 350*. Gently melt butter in a fairly large saucepan (try to avoid the microwave), and then add soda, powder, & sugar. Mix well with a whisk, and then for a little slice of heaven, taste-test at this point. Isn’t that yummy?! Add in your flour and stir well. Spread and pat into ungreased pans, and bake for 15 minutes.
- In the meantime, boil the raspberries, arrowroot and OJ for a minute or so, being careful not to let it burn. It will thicken a little.
- When the crust is done, sprinkle both chocolate chips on, and then drizzle the raspberries over the top. Bake another 10-15 minutes, or until raspberries are set up a little more.
- Note: If you want to make them ahead, you could cut into bars and freeze so you can pull them out later for a yummy treat. They'd probably be just fine frozen right in the pan, too.
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Thanks Amy B.! Let me know what you think, dear readers.