Blueberry Oatmeal Bars have been on repeat here for weeks and we still can’t get enough! Only thing stopping us is running out of blueberries. Not even these hot temps can stop me from turning on the oven to bake these bars. We’ve picked buckets of them but finally ran out yesterday and planning on picking some but it was raining so no Blueberry Oatmeal Bars this morning unless I break out some we froze.
I’m a huge fan of crisps, and as you probably already know obsessed with oats even more since Baby G was born. Blueberries also have a special place in my heart as it was only a couple days before blueberry picking 2 years ago, and the day I took yet another test because I didn’t believe them when we picked blueberries. I remember being an emotional wreck picking them. Followed by living off blueberry pancakes.
Fast forward to Baby G being 16 months old and loving these Blueberry Oatmeal Bars as much as his mama! As does the rest of the family. Perfect as is for breakfast or with yogurt and even delicious for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Since we’ve been making these every other day I’ve been playing with the recipe a little. If you want more of a baked oatmeal with a nice layer of blueberry inside I use a little more apple sauce and bake slightly longer (per recipe).
For a little more crumble crunch like a crisp and the blueberries not cooked down as much I use a little less apple sauce, bake a little less, and add a little more coconut palm sugar (see notes). I’ve even made them with my blueberry chia jam and swapped ground chia seeds for corn starch as a thickener. But went with the recipe I did as it was quick and easy and uses ingredients most people have on hand.
Hoping we have more blueberries on hand soon since we can’t pick apples for another couple months. If Baby G liked raspberries I could go out to the garden and pick some but he isn’t a fan. Although he loves these oatmeal bars so much I might just try because he doesn’t like green beans either except cold ones he picks from the garden. Kids I tell ya.
Funny that I almost shared this recipe last Monday when my co-host Deborah shared her Oatmeal Blueberry Pie Bars so if you don’t have apple sauce but have bananas check out her recipe.
There might just be tears tomorrow morning without our Blueberry Oatmeal Bars, mine not Baby G’s.
What foods are you loving this summer?
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||25 minutes|
servings, 9x9 pan
- 3 c rolled oats (loving One Degree Organic Sprouted Rolled Oats right now but have also made with regular rolled oats)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 c apple sauce
- 1/3 c maple syrup, or sub honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 c fresh blueberries
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 rounded TBSP corn starch or tapioca starch
- 2-3 TBSP coconut palm sugar, or sub brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Spray a 9 x 9 ceramic baking dish with non stick spray and line with parchment paper.
- Pulse half of the oatmeal in food processor for 20-30 seconds.
- Pour into a large bowl and mix with remaining oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add in apple sauce and maple syrup and mix until combine and all the dry mixture is wet.
- Press half of mix to baking pan and spread evenly, add a little more if needed so you have a nice layer.
- Toss blueberries with corn starch and lemon juice. Spread on top of the prepared crust.
- Add optional coconut palm sugar to remaining oatmeal mixture and crumble on top of the blueberries, gently press mixture so it's all even.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes.
- Cool completely to set before cutting, if you can't wait that's ok they might not be as pretty but they'll be delicious!
Reduce apple sauce to 1 1/4 cup if you want a crunchier top and reduce baking time, use 3 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar, crumble over the blueberries, and start checking around 22 minutes.
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These look so delicious and vibrant. The colour is beautiful. Pinned x #Meatless Monday
Thank you! Hope you love them as much as we do when you try them.
The blueberry season is here and the more I can bake with them the better!
Agree, can’t get enough of them!
Blueberries are so good right now. Oatmeal bars are one of my favorite ways to enjoy them too. Have a great week
They’re the best! Hope you have a great week too!
Yummy! I’ve seen coconut sugar in the stores, but have never used it. How does it compare to cane sugar, in sweetness and carbs?
You can use it 1:1 as brown sugar or cane sugar, it has the same calories I believe as regular cane sugar but lower glycemic index.
Ooo, these look so good! I can’t wait to try them out! *-*
Thank you Farrah!
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Just made these…delish!!! How do I store them & how many days are they good for? Thanks!!!
Thank you, happy to hear you like them!
They will keep longer in the refrigerator, maybe 3-4 days. They don’t usually last long in our house as my family devours them.