Vegan Almond Bars With A Citrus Glaze
These Vegan Almond Bars with a Citrus Glaze have a crumbly shortbread crust made with heart-healthy canola oil instead of butter, a chewy, toffee-like almond center that's intoxicatingly sweet, and a lime glaze that will make your tastebuds tingle. And although they look and taste terribly elegant, they couldn't be easier to make.
Servings: 20 bars (approx)
For the bottom crust
- 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar (can substitute with regular sugar + ½ tsp molasses)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ tsp salt
For the topping
- 3 tsp EnerG egg replacer + 5 tbsp warm water, whisked together until mixed
- ¾ cup light brown sugar (can use regular sugar + 1 tsp molasses)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup almonds , chopped
- ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
For the citrus glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp vegan butter , melted
- Juice of 2 limes
- Zest of 2 limes
Combine the ingredients for the crust with a fork or a pastry blender. Pat evenly into the bottom of a lightly greased 9 X 13-inch pan with oiled fingers.
Bake the crust for 12 minutes in a 350-degree oven until lightly brown and set.
To make the topping, mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then pour over the prepared crust, making sure it coats the crust evenly. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to smooth it out.
Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until the topping has set.
To make the glaze, mix the ingredients for the glaze into a smooth paste. When the bars are still hot, spread the glaze over the bars or drizzle in a decorative pattern. Allow the bars to cool completely, then cut into bars with a sharp, serrated knife.
Serving: 1bar | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg