If you're in the mood for a delicious vegan treat, you've got to try these butterscotch crumble bars! They're so good, you won't even believe they're vegan. The base is made with a classic crumble mix of flour, sugar, and vegan butter, and then it's layered with raspberries and a jar of Nature's Charm Coconut Butterscotch Sauce - Nature's Charm have kindly sponsored this recipe blog post to bring this delicious creation to the blog. Yum!
In this post, you will find out everything you need to know in order to these indulgent bars at home, including tips for each ingredient and an easy step-by-step guide to walk you through the recipe. I’ve also included additional information for possible recipe variations and ingredient substitutions, and some extra tips and tricks to help make sure your crumble bars come out perfectly. Trust me, everyone will consider you a wiz in the kitchen when you serve these!
Personally, I absolutely love the butterscotch flavor because it takes me straight back to my childhood! It's such a nostalgic taste that reminds me of all the times I spent baking with my mum (& making more or less a mess in the kitchen).
Butterscotch also has this warm and comforting taste that goes so well with a variety of ingredients, making it a super versatile flavor for all kinds of sweet treats! And with store-bought vegan options like the Nature's Charm Butterscotch Sauce I used for this recipe, it’s also make it super convenient to quickly whip up a batch of these bars!
❤️ What's Great About this Recipe
- It's 100% vegan as I've used vegan butter, sugar and also a vegan-friendly butterscotch sauce!
- The crumble bars are made with Nature's Charm Coconut Butter Scotch Sauce for a rich and creamy flavor.
- It uses a classic crumble mix with flour, sugar and vegan butter for a deliciously crunchy texture.
- You can easily customize the recipe with a variety of seasonal fruits, such as peaches, blueberries, or apples!
- The bars are easy to make with just a few simple steps and ingredients.
- This recipe makes 9-16 bars depending on your preferred serving size.
- It's the perfect summer treat for any occasion, from birthday parties to picnics in the park!
🌱 Ingredients & Notes
Here is everything you need for this recipe:
- All-purpose flour - This is the standard flour used for baking, but you can also use spelt flour, oat flour, or gluten-free flour if you prefer.
- Granulated sugar - You can substitute with coconut sugar, brown sugar, or any other sweetener of your choice.
- Vegan butter - For best results, use a high-quality vegan butter. Make sure it's unsalted! I personally like to use either Flora Plant Butter or Naturli Vegan Block.
- Nature's Charm Coconut Butterscotch Sauce - Made with coconut milk and coconut sugar, this sauce has a rich and creamy texture that is perfect for use in crumble bars! Its sweetness also complements the tartness of the fruit, while the creaminess adds a decadent touch to the bars. This sauce can be found in most health food stores or online. If you can't find it, you can also make your own homemade Vegan Butterscotch Sauce.
- Raspberries - I personally prefer using fresh raspberries for this recipe but you can also use frozen fruit.
In case you don't have everything to hand, here a few ideas and notes for possible substitutions:
- All-purpose flour - Swap for spelt flour, oat flour, or gluten-free flour.
- Granulated sugar - Use coconut sugar, brown sugar, or any other sweetener of your choice.
- Vegan butter - Coconut oil or vegetable shortening.
- Nature's Charm Coconut Butterscotch Sauce - Homemade vegan butterscotch sauce or any other vegan caramel sauce.
- Seasonal fruit - Frozen fruit or any other seasonal fruit of your choice.
If you want to shake things up, here are some delicious variations you can try:
- Add nuts - For a crunchy texture, add chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts to the crumble mix.
- Add spice - Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom to the crumble mix for extra flavor.
- Make it gluten-free - Use gluten-free flour in the crumble to make this recipe gluten-free.
- Make it refined sugar-free - Simply use coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar.
🧑🍳 Instructions (Step-by-Step)
- preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C)
- line an 8 x 8 inch baking dish (20 x 20 cm)
Step 1 - Combine flour and sugar, then add the cold, cubed vegan butter. Use a pastry cutter or cold fingers to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Step 2 - Press 2/3 of the mix into the bottom of the baking dish.
Step 3 - Pour the vegan butterscotch sauce onto the crumble layer and spread evenly.
Step 4 - Sprinkle the raspberries on top.
Step 5 - Crumble the remaining flour mixture over the fruit.
Step 6 - Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden.
These vegan butterscotch crumble bars are delicious on their own, but you can also serve them with a dollop of vegan whipped cream or a scoop of vegan ice cream. They're perfect for a summer dessert or as a sweet snack any time of the day.
I personally like to place the crumble bars into the oven for a few minutes to heat them up - that's how I enjoy them the most!
❄️ How to Store
To store these vegan butterscotch crumble bars, first let them cool completely. Once cool, cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or foil and store the dish in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can also freeze the bars by individually wrapping them tightly, and then placing them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, let the bars come to room temperature before slicing and serving.
💡 Expert Tips & Tricks
Here are some extra tips to make sure your crumble bars turn out perfect:
- Use cold vegan butter - Make sure the vegan butter is cold and cubed before adding it to the flour and sugar mixture. This is essential to create a crumbly texture.
- Don't overmix - Once the crumble mix resembles coarse crumbs, stop mixing. Overmixing can result in a tough texture.
- Use parchment paper - Line the baking dish with parchment paper to prevent sticking and make it easier to remove the bars from the dish.
- Let it cool - Let the bars cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. This will help set the bars and make them easier to cut.
❓ Recipe FAQs
To prevent the bars from sticking to the baking dish, line the dish with parchment paper before adding the crumble mix. This will make it easier to remove the bars from the dish after baking.
To make the crumble bars look more visually appealing, you can sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar over the top of the finished bars. You could also add a few fresh berries or a sprig of mint as a garnish. Additionally, you can use a large, sharp knife to create clean lines when slicing the bars to make them look neater.
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Here's a handy recipe card that you can print out and keep in your kitchen for easy reference:
Vegan Butterscotch Crumble Bars
- measuring cups and spoons
- mixing bowls
- 1 Pastry cutter optional
- 1 8 x 8 inch baking dish (20 x 20 cm) 20 x 20 cm
- parchment paper
- 1 knife for chopping fruit
- 1 oven
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (250 g) plain flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 g) vegan-friendly
- 1/2 cup unsalted vegan butter (110 g) cold and cubed
- 1 jar Nature's Charm Coconut Butterscotch Sauce (400 g)
- 2 cups raspberries (240 g)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line an 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar. Add the cubed vegan butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Press two-thirds of the crumble mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, reserving the remaining one-third for the topping.
- Pour the jar of Nature's Charm Coconut Butterscotch Sauce over the crumble layer and spread it evenly.
- Sprinkle the fresh raspberries over the butterscotch layer.
- Sprinkle the remaining one-third of the crumble mixture over the fruit.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
- Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
- The recipe also works well with a variety of other seasonal fruits such as peaches, blueberries, or apples.
- The vegan butter should be unsalted, cold and cubed before adding it to the flour and sugar mixture to create a crumbly texture.
- Line the baking dish with parchment paper to prevent sticking and make it easier to remove the bars from the dish.
- Let the bars cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving and use a large, sharp knife to create clean edges.
- Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and store the bars in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- The recipe can be customized with additional ingredients such as nuts or spices.
- You can substitute the flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make gluten-free bars.
- To make a refined sugar free version, swap the sugar for coconut sugar.
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