The last few days have been pretty exhausting around here, not a lot of sleep during the nights and no sleep for me during the days. If I don’t get up early while Jesse is still around and get showered, dressed and breakfast before he leaves for work, then I usually don’t get a chance to do any of that for several hours. I kept thinking I needed to buy or make something that I can grab and eat with one hand with little effort, since I’m usually having to hold Grayson and eat at the same time.
I had a bunch of blueberries to eat up so I started looking around for something to make and that’s how these Blueberry Oat Bars came to be. They’re super easy to make and whip up in just a couple minutes, minus the bake time. Grayson fell asleep in his swing so I knew that was my opportunity to whip these bars up while I had a chance.
Get a 8×8 dish and cover with foil, and then spray liberally with nonstick spray.
The best part about making these bars? I used one bowl to mix everything! Grab a medium mixing bowl that can also be microwaved. Melt a stick of butter..
Add in the flour..
and the oats
and the white sugar and brown sugar and a pinch of salt.
Take a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, or your hands, and mix until the mixture resembles crumbs. Take 1 cup of the mixture and set aside.
Take the remaining mixture and pour into your baking dish. Press firmly to create an even bottom layer.
Now, in the same bowl, dump in the blueberries, sugar and cornstarch. Mix to completely coat the blueberries.
Dump the blueberries in the pan and spread evenly across the crust layer.
Then take the 1 cup of oat crumble that you set aside, and crumble over the top of the blueberries.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350* for about 45 minutes – or until the blueberry layer is bubbly and the top oat layer is golden brown. My bars were slightly crumbly, so I would suggest cooking just a few minutes longer than what looks finished.
Let the mixture cool all the way. I set it on a cooling rack so that air could circulate underneath to cool off quicker. Once all the way cooled, pull the foil out of the pan and onto a cutting board then cut into 9 squares. Definitely make sure the dessert is fully cooled down, if not, it’ll be really messy to cut. Once the bars are cut, I would suggest letting them set a little before packing them away in an airtight storage container.
These bars are balanced between sweet and tart and perfectly complement a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.
If you make the recipe, be sure to leave a comment to let me know how they turned out!
Adding this as an afterthought… I made these bars initially to resemble a breakfast bar, but after trying one it was very sweet and much more dessert like than I had anticipated. So you may prefer it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream over breakfast, although I think it would make a nice sweet treat for a brunch.
- 1 stick Butter, melted
- 1 cup all-purpose Flour
- 3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 cups Blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp Cornstarch
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a 8x8 pan with foil and spray liberally with non stick spray. Set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add in flour, oats, sugars and salt. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine. Should resemble course crumbs.
- Set aside 1 cup of this mixture.
- Pour the remaining mixture into the foil lined pan, press evenly across the bottom to form a crust.
- In the same bowl, add in the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Stir to combine.
- Pour the blueberry mixture over the crust, and evenly spread.
- Take the reserved 1 cup of crumble mixture and crumble across the top of the blueberries.
- Bake for about 45-55 minutes, or until blueberry mixture is hot and bubbly and the top crumble is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool completely. Pull foil out and place onto cutting board, cut into 9 squares.