When I was growing up, my mom was always making cobblers for dessert that included all kinds of butter and sugar. We loved the desserts, but now, knowing that these things are not good for me, I developed a healthier version—and then made them easier to eat by making them into bars.
Makes 10 servings.
6 tablespoons pumpkin puree 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1⁄4 cup whole-wheat flour
11⁄2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon lemon zest
11⁄2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries 2 tablespoons date paste
11⁄2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line the bottom
of an 8” x 8” pan with parchment paper.
2. To make the crust/crumble, combine the pumpkin puree, applesauce, flour, oats, and lemon zest in a bowl and mix well. Spread a little more than half of the mixture in the bottom of the baking dish and smooth out.
3. For the blueberry filling, combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread the filling on top of the bottom crust mixture in the pan.
4. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top of the blueberries, making sure that you don’t have large clumps of crumble.
5. Bake for about 25 minutes until the top becomes golden brown. Let cool, then cut and serve.
The Plant Based Kitchenista, is a chef specializing in low-fat, plant-based cooking under the name Plant Based Kitchen. Kelley has taught over 6,000 individuals about plant-based nutrition and has a passion for helping people heal through food. She is a plant-powered lifestyle coach and holds certifications with PCRM as a Food for Life instructor, with Forks Over Knives, and with the Plantrician Project. Kelley is also the co-owner and facilitator of the Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit in Denver, Colorado.
Kelley most recently formed a nonprofit and a club called Healthy Living thru Nutrition which will focus on establishing relationships with schools, students, families, and volunteers across the state of Colorado. Its mission is to teach cooking classes that focus on proper nutrition, helping families build the skills and knowledge to cook meals and make healthy choices on their own.
You can find her on YouTube and at her website, plantbasedkitchen.com.