It’s citrus season! The dead of winter over here in Minnesota. Perfect time to brighten up these dreary cold days with some of these chickpea glazed orange bars. These sweet things are so easy to make, full of that bright orange flavor, and are so creamy and dreamy, it’s hard not to eat the whole batch in one sitting! Topped with an orange glaze, these delicious little bars are gluten free and delicious of course.
Orange Bars Recipe
These glazed orange bars are gluten free of course, but the secret ingredient (not so secret- it’s in the title), is chickpeas. Blended up smooth, chickpeas are a favorite of mine in gluten free and dairy free baking because they bring that creamy smooth texture to things like these bars. Chickpeas are the key to perfectly silky smooth glazed orange bars.
Not quite like lemon bars, these have a cheesecake creamy texture and aren’t quite as tart. We LOVE everything lemon in a dessert (especially lemon bars), but oranges are the way to go for a unique citrus dessert and these worked perfectly with some naval oranges.
Making this recipe is nice and easy! In a blender or food processor, combine the chickpeas, eggs, sugar, fresh orange juice, zest, and ghee. We love using ghee instead of butter because of the flavor and the fact that it is lactose and casein free. Ghee gives these bars so much extra flavor and texture!
Gluten Free Dessert Bars
Once you’ve blended up your orange and chickpea mixture, pour it into a big bowl and mix in your almond and coconut flours plus your baking powder. Using just almond flour and coconut flour is what helps give these bars a light and creamy texture instead of a bread/cake-like texture.
Pour and spread your batter into an 8 by 8 inch greased baking pan. Spread it all out evenly and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Simple Orange Glaze Recipe
Once your bars have cooled, whip up this delicious glaze for the top. Mix together 1 cup of powdered sugar, some orange zest, and 1-2 Tbsp of Orange Juice. Start with just 1 tablespoon and add another if you feel it needs it. Then get to work pouring it all over your delicious creamy orange bars. Enjoy!
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If you love this recipe, be sure to check out these drool worthy recipes too:
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- Gluten Free Banana Bread
- 1 can (drained) Chickpeas
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Ghee
- 1 cup Orange Juice (about 3 oranges)
- 3 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Almond Flour
- 1/3 cup Coconut Flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Orange Zest
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Orange Zest
- 1 Tbsp Orange Juice
- Pre-heat oven to 350.
- In a blender or food processor, combine the chickpeas (drained), sugar, ghee, juice, eggs, and zest. Combine until nice and smooth.
- Pour the chickpea mixture into a bowl and mix in your coconut flour, almond flour, and baking powder.
- Pour and spread your batter into a greased 9 by 9 inch baking pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean.
- Let it cool completely while you make the glaze.
- Pour the glaze over the bars once cooled and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 236Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g