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Guest Blog Post: Healthy Can Be Delicious – Leanne of Healthful Pursuit

February 9th, 2011 · 14 Comments

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I want to welcome Leanne Vogel as she is the power behind the food blog Healthful Pursuit. Leanne is sharing with us a gluten and dairy free dessert bar recipe that is sure to please any palate, while these “Flirty Raspberry Fig Bars” look like a perfect Valentines Day tasty treat. Leanne’s blog highlights recipes that are dairy, gluten, corn, and yeast free, challenging her healthy cooking techniques without sacrificing flavor. Join me in welcoming Leanne as we follow in her journey to wellness!

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Please join me in welcoming Leanne, of Healthful Pursuit!

About Leanne

Hello, fabulous CCR readers! This is Leanne from Healthful Pursuit, and I’m honored to be doing a guest post for the fantastically inspiring, and talented, Chef Ryan!

I’m a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for creating tasty whole foods and allergen free recipes that contribute to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Just because a recipe is healthy, doesn’t mean it has to taste like cardboard. I’m a firm believer that healthy can be delicious, tantalizing, and satisfying, and that’s what Healthful Pursuit is all about!

I hope you enjoy the Flirty Raspberry Fig Bars I’ve prepared for all of you. They’re made with fresh fruit preserve, minimal sugar, and are gluten & dairy free to boot! Best part? You won’t even know they’re good for you. Mm-mm-mm

The Recipe

Flirty Raspberry Fig Bars



  • 6 dried figs, stems removed, chopped
  • ¾ cup fresh or fresh raspberries
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • 2 ¼ cup finely ground blanched almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sucanat sugar – you can also use brown sugar


  • 1 egg white
  • ¾ cup finely ground blanched almond flour
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • Pinch salt


  1. Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper by cutting parchment paper lengthwise to fit, allowing the parchment paper to drape over the 2 sides. Oil remaining 2 sides with a dab of coconut oil. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all preserve ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Once complete, remove from heat and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Press crust dough into prepared pan and cook for 12-15 minutes until golden.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all topping ingredients except egg whites. Set aside.
  6. In a separate bowl, with a hand mixer, whip egg whites until white and frothy. Set aside.
  7. Remove crust from oven and spread preserve over top while still hot.
  8. Then, spread frothed egg white, top with almond topping.
  9. Place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden [mine took 19 minutes].
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1hr before cutting into bars.

Makes 16 bars.

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I want to thank Leanne for sharing this wonderful gluten and dairy free dessert bar treat! A perfect Valentines Day dessert for the loved ones in your family!

©2011 CCR

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 irena // Feb 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Leanne,lovely post, great recipe…. healthy should be delicious always:)

  • 2 Kate @ // Feb 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Figs, raspberries…what’s not to love?! And healthy!
    Great guest and a wonderful recipe! Thank you Leanne!

  • 3 Fight the Fat Foodie // Feb 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    These look great!

  • 4 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit // Feb 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you all – I had such a blast making them… and eating them hehe 🙂

  • 5 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend // Feb 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Great job Leanne and a perfect guest post Chef Ryan!

  • 6 Belinda @zomppa // Feb 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Flirty yummy bars? You’ve got me!

  • 7 Magic of Spice // Feb 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Leanne, I agree healthy can and should be delicious…they look fantastic 🙂
    Another great guest post my friend!

  • 8 Gwen~healthymamma // Feb 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I adore Leanne and her wonderfully amazing blog/recipes! These fig bars can’t be anything less than perfect, I can’t wait to make them. Wonderful list of ingredients. Fresh or fresh Rasberries, HaaaHaaa!

  • 9 Diabetic Recipes // Feb 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Great Recipe, thanks for sharing it with us Leanne

  • 10 Cajun Chef Ryan // Feb 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

    So glad to find many folks who appreciate these speciality recipes and guest blog posts!
    Thank you all so much!

  • 11 Sprinkled with Flour // Feb 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Yum! This is a much healthier version of my Raspberry Almond Bars. Great job:)

  • 12 Torviewtoronto // Feb 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    lovely post delicious fig bars

  • 13 The Mom Chef // Feb 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    That really is a fantastic bar. I love the topping with the almonds. Gives it a beautiful look (and flavor, I’m sure). Thanks for the introduction to an new, wonderful blogger.

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