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Blood Orange Bars

Lightly sweet, citrusy and pretty nutritious orange bars.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Healthy
Keyword: Dairy-Free
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Shelly
Cost: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • Juice from half blood orange - or plain
  • 1 cup blood orange - peeled & diced (look at picture)
  • ¾ cup coarsely ground almonds & hazelnuts - or just one of them
  • ¾ cup fine whole-wheat flour - or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds - optional
  • 2 small blood oranges - sliced thinly
  • Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil a 11 x 11-inch cake pan (or any medium square or rectangle baking dish).
  • In a large bowl mix together the oil and sugar. Beat the eggs into the bowl.
  • Squeeze the orange into the bowl and add the diced orange, continue to beat for a few seconds.
  • Add the ground almonds and hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, and chia seeds and mix with a wooden spoon until the batter is well combined and smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the pan, then gently place the orange slices over in a row with even gaps. Sprinkle some sugar and put into the oven for about 34 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely on rack, then slice it into squares. Store the bars in a container for up to 3 days.