Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Recipe: Blueberry Oat Bars

I just took photos of these beauties and now I'm eatin' them for breakfast.  Oh boy, are these a perfect healthy snack for anytime of day.  I made these for a "Bus Stop Tea Party" and they were an easy after school snack to prepare.  Blueberries are in season and this is a nice way to use them up.  I'm sure these would freeze nicely, and are perfect to pack in luches too.

from Grin and Bake It

3 cups fresh or frozen berries
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch

Crumble and Crust
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (quick-cooking or regular)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened and cut into 7-9 large chunks
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling: In a medium saucepan, stir together berries and lemon juice and cook medium heat until fruit is tender, about 8-15 minutes, depending on type of berries being used.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch, then stir into fruit mixture. Continue cooking until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, until thick. Scrape berry filling into a medium bowl and set aside.

Crust: Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan.  I also lined the pan with parchment paper with about 1" hanging over on each side.

In a food processor (or large mixing bowl), combine flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, baking soda , salt and vanilla extract. Pulse until mixture is thoroughly blended and resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of this mixture in a medium bowl.

Pour remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, spread evenly and pat down. Place filling in dollops over crust and carefully spread to cover entire surface. Squeeze reserved crumb mixture into large clumps with your fingers and sprinkle evenly over the top of the fruit filling.

Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Cut into 20 bars to serve.

Printable Recipe

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Applesauce Oatmeal Bars
Martha Stewart's Jam Crumble Bars


from the book "The Golden Book of Poetry"
Edited by Jane Werner
Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott
1949, Golden Press

I purchased this book from a local thrift shop.


  1. I've always loved Christina Rossetti's poetry- some of it is sad, some of it is funny, some of it is orange... and your blueberry oat bars look beautiful in the outdoors!

  2. Those look delicious Sarah! I have been really getting into homemade breakfast bars lately. They're just so much better than the boxed ones!

  3. I printed this recipe...yum...they look so delicious! Would love if you would join in on the cookie exchange on Friday with this recipe :)

  4. I love recipes where the dough is also the crumble. They are always easy and delicious. I am sure they would taste great with cut up plums as well.

  5. These look so good. I love blueberry with oats.

  6. I loved this recipe as I love blue berries and healthy bars and I loved the poem and nice vintage images too.


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