Orange Creamsicle Bars

I’m ready for spring if you can’t tell by my choice of recipes. I really love all seasons but winter is hard on me; especially this one. I’ve been fighting my diet now for a couple months – it was hard eliminating my favorite foods. The worst part was eating pureed foods. It helped and I’m happy for that, but boy was it hard! I’m still being pretty gentle with my foods but everyone needs a treat now and then. I love waking up in the mornings with the sun shining in the windows and providing a little natural warmth. It really can improve your mood! I tried to capture that feeling in this dessert. I wanted a little bit of tartness but overall a sweet, creamy filling inside a crumbly, crisp crust and topping. It’s pretty perfect if you ask me! This makes about 9 servings

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Crust
1 cup dried plums, dates, or figs
½ cup water
½ cup coconut flour
¼ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
Filling
1 orange, juice and zest
1 tsp orange extract
1 cup coconut milk, canned (whole fat)
1 tsp guar gum (or other thickening agent, cornstarch, tapioca starch, etc)
Topping
1 tsp orange zest
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup coconut flour
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
¼ coconut sugar
1 tsp almond extract
¼ cup macadamia nuts, chopped

  • In a blender, combine dried plums and water. Blend until smooth. Add in remaining crust ingredients and blend until well combined.
  • Pour into a greased 9×9 baking pan and press flat with your palm. Prebake crust at 400°F for about 10 minutes and remove from oven.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine filling ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken. Pour filling mixture over crust.
  • In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients and mix with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture over filling.
  • Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until topping starts to brown. Let cool about 15 minutes before serving.

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