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Strawberry Pie Bars (Vegan)

Brit Wolfe - Panthers & Peonies
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Filling

  • 2 cups strawberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

Crust & Crumble

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal + 1 1/2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter cold
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Instructions
 

To make the strawberry filling:

  • Add the strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar to a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cover. Let the strawberries heat and begin to break down, about 7 minutes.
  • Once there's a good amount of liquid in the saucepan from the strawberries, add the cornstarch and mix in well to make sure there are no clumps.
  • Bring to boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and let heat, covered, until the strawberries are thick and almost jelly-like consistency.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.

To make the crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Mix together the flax and water and let sit until slightly thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt), then add the sugar and mix well.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour, mixing well to incorporate it until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I always do this step by hand, but you can use a pastry cutter or two forks if you prefer.
  • When the butter is almost fully incorporated, add the flax egg.
  • Press about 2/3 of the mixture into a parchment-lined 8"x8" square baking pan, and press it down firmly into an even layer.
  • Pour the strawberry mixture over top of the crust. It's ok if it's still a little warm!
  • Add the shredded coconut to the remaining crumb mixture, mix well, and sprinkle over the strawberry layer.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown along the edges.

Notes

Before pouring the strawberry mixture over the crust, I used a fork to mash the strawberries so it more resembled a jelly, but that's totally optional.