We were passing the Nordstrom’s cafe counter one day when we saw extra large, sweet raspberry bars. Healthy or not, they looked too good to pass up and we bought one. We could justify they contained fruit and nuts, but when it came down to it, they were a sugar splurge. And totally worth it. They were extremely chewy and dense and filled with delicious raspberry jam. Nordstrom’s goodies are great because everything tastes freshly made and so delicious!
We were glad we splurged on those bars because one bite had us plotting this recipe. Thick, soft and slightly crumbly with a touch of jam is always a good thing.
We added eggs to the crumb mixture to help make things even thicker and chewier. In trying to recreate the Nordstrom experience, we wanted that delicious chewy, crumbly crust sandwiching sweet raspberry jam. It turned out to be a great replica and an outstanding treat during this crisp autumn season. We hope you will try them!
Nordstroms’ Cafe’s Raspberry Crumble Bars (dairy-free option)
1 3/4 cup Wheat Flour
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
1 cup Pecans, chopped
3/4 cup Cold Butter or Earth Balance Butter
2 Large Eggs
1 cup Natural Raspberry Jam
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch or 7 by 11-inch baking pan with parchment paper with enough to hang over the sides.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the wheat flour, sugar of choice, salt and pecans. Cut in the butter with the eggs into the mixture. Scoop out about 3 cups of the mixture into your prepared dish and gently press down in an even layer.
Combine the raspberry jam and vanilla. Spread the jam over the bottom layer. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the jam. Bake for 38-42 minutes or until browned.
Allow the bars to cool in the pan before slicing.
If you’d like a taste of Nordstroms’ while keeping things vegan, simply swap out the strawberry jam with raspberry jam in this recipe.