Best Blackberry Pie Bars

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Making a pie can be a painstaking process so why not take the easy route and make pie bars instead? For pie lovers, this is the Best Blackberry Pie Bars recipe that will do the trick of eating a pie. It’s more or less like a pie but so much easier to prepare. This dessert comes well together with decadent layers of a buttery crust, a custard filling that’s made from scratch with blackberries and of course a crumb topping that tastes outrageously delicious. A dash of fresh lemon zest is also an excellent addition in this recipe. There is something very decadent yet healthy when you combine fresh berries in dessert recipes. The creamy texture of cooked blackberries adds the thickness from its pulp and makes for an excellent addition to this recipe. These bars are also fuss-free that use everyday ingredients from your kitchen and one of the most easy desserts out there that are perfect for any occasion including family brunch or a get-together. It’s also healthier because of the real berries added to it. A fresh berry dessert is not only a great way of getting kids to eat healthily but also allows them to enjoy a much deserved sweet treat now and then. Plus, fresh seasonal fruits like berries are easy on your budget as well.

Since this dessert is quite gooey when it’s just out of the oven, you might have to let it cool to room temperature before you can cut them into bars. Resist the temptation to cut them right away because there is a good chance you might ruin them if it’s still hot. Plus, it can also get quite messy, so it’s best to wait. Although it’s not mandatory that you refrigerate them, they taste best when completely chilled. Along with the crumb topping, you can also add assorted nuts like walnuts, cashews, pecans and chopped almonds as a garnish to give these bars for a crunchy twist. You can also add healthy seeds like sunflower or pumpkin seeds. It’s a fun way to incorporate extra nutrition.

Even though it’s easier to make this recipe in the summer because of how cheap fresh blackberries can be, you can use frozen blackberries when not in season and still eat these bars all year round. Use gluten-free flour in the place of regular flour to keep them healthier. Along with blackberries, you can also use other berries if you want to keep the mixed berry flavor going. You can also add spice powders like cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. Add a dash of cocoa, dark chocolate bits or cacao nibs into these bars for added flavors. If you prefer to add the sour cream in this recipe, you could use the full-fat or go with light sour cream. Both work well, and the texture will not make much of a difference. Just keep in mind that two tablespoons of full-fat sour cream include 60 calories, while the fat-free sour cream has only 25 calories. As a healthier alternative, you can omit the sour cream and use a full-fat Greek yogurt.

Easy dessert recipes that are budget-friendly are ideal because they save money and time especially if you have an event planned at the last minute. Thank you to Michelle at the Brown Eyed Baker food blog for sharing this Best Blackberry Pie Bars recipe with us. Do visit Michelle’s blog for more quick dessert recipes. This recipe for blackberry bars will surely make your family feel special and adds all the wonderful flavors that a berry pie should have in it.

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