Raspberry and Vanilla Squares

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So I've got a new treat recipe for you. 

These are gorgeous. And they're pretty much 50% raspberries so they're full of antioxidants, right? 


So although they're pretty tasty, these are a treat for a reason - don't go eating the whole batch, OK? 

I discovered the perfect base for these after making the Apple Pie Squares on Sweet Potato and Social Change. The base is really quick and easy to mix together and you end up with soft, crumbly almost cake-like dough once it's baked. It's amazing. I've topped it with a raspberry vanilla topping that sets in the fridge. It's jammy, crumbly and sweet - but not too sweet. I hope you love it. 

Raspberry and Vanilla Squares
Makes 8-10 squares
1 batch of Sweet Potato and Social Change's base for apple pie bars, here
2 cups raspberries, fresh of frozen (I used frozen)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of coconut butter or manna (sometimes also known as creamed coconut)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
splash of water

First, line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and set the oven to gas mark 3/325F/165C. Make the base as directed and spread it out evenly in the bottom of the lined loaf tin. Bake it for 15 minutes, until the edges look golden brown and the base looks firm. 

While the base is baking, get the raspberry topping on. Clatter the raspberries in a pan and set it on a low to medium heat. As the raspberries start to break down, stir in the vanilla extract, the coconut butter, maple syrup and a splash of water. Simmer gently for 5 minutes or so, until the raspberries are jammy and soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. Turn off the heat. 

Once the base is cooked, take it out of the oven and spoon over the raspberry topping, spreading it out evenly. Allow to cool a little and then place in the fridge to cool completely. It will set when refrigerated. 

Once cooled and set, cut into squares and serve. The bars will keep for about 3-4 days, covered, in the fridge. 

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