Berries are rich in a particular type of antioxidant known as polyphenols. Studies have shown that eating these polyphenols (also found in red wine and dark chocolate) may lower one’s risk of heart disease.
In the spring and summer, feel free to use any antioxidant-rich fresh berry in this recipe, from black currants to strawberries.
Line 8 in (20 cm) square pan with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
For base, in medium bowl, combine flour, oats, salt, and baking powder. Mix until combined. In small bowl, mix chia seeds with 3 Tbsp (45 mL) water, stirring well. Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes, then combine chia with olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla. Stir to combine, stir into dry ingredients, and then press mixture into prepared pan.
Next, toss filling ingredients together and spread over base.
Combine all topping ingredients together and spread over berry filling mixture. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden. Let cool before slicing.
This recipe is part of the Heart-Healthy Vegan Desserts collection.
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