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Chewy Blueberry-Oats Bars with Honey

Posted By Vardhini On August 2, 2011 @ 5:10 am In American,Baking,Breakfast,Dessert,Eggless,Gallery,Healthy Recipes,Kid Friendly | 35 Comments

Again there was this big blueberry sale and I ended up buying 4 pounds of it. I love blueberries and I couldn’t get just one box. This time around I was in no mood to freeze the blueberries and wanted to finish it off fresh. We (read “me”) just gobbled some each time we passed by and some went into pancakes.
To please K, I wanted to do some baking with the remaining blueberries and I happened to run into the blueberry crumble recipe. Except for the amount of butter used I liked everything about the crumble. I played around with the ingredients and what resulted was this amazing chewy blueberry bar. It held its shape pretty well after cooling. K was happy with it and I knew I had a winner. It is very easy to put together and tastes great. So what are you waiting for. Get those healthy oats and start whipping this up.


Ingredients
3/4 cup oats
3oz wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup blueberries

References
Recipe lightly adapted from HowSweetEats

Notes
1. I modified the original recipe to use half the amount of butter. I also used honey to replace 1/2 of the sugar. The honey made the bars chewy and they held their shape pretty well.
2. The key is to allow it to cool before slicing.

Method
Sift whole wheat flour. Combine oats and whole wheat flour.

Add brown sugar.

Add cinnamon.



Add salt.

Mix together.

Now add melted butter.

Vanilla extract goes in next.



Next goes the honey.

Toss it all together. The honey holds the mixture pretty tight.

Add the blueberries. Just toss them together. The blueberries do not stick with the mix, but we can press them in when we place in baking tray.

The original recipe called for a 8 x 8 pan. I halved it and used the small rectangle pyrex container (3.5 cup). Spray and flour the baking dish.

Add the mix and press gently. I added small pieces of butter (around 1/2 tbsp) over the top.

Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. The blueberries opened up nicely and had that pleasant color. Now as much as you are tempted to eat it right away, it is better to allow it to cool. Cooling helps the bars to hold up the shape.

I refrigerated it for few hours and then sliced it into bars.

Yummy, chewy bars with blueberries ready. There are a variety of ways to enjoy this treat. You can have it like a breakfast bar or add some ice cream to it and have it for dessert.

(I also made the original recipe which was more of a crumble and obviously tasted good, thanks to the butter.  So go for chewy or crumble based on the mood :) )


Enjoy!

Sending these bars to Monika’s Oats Event started by Sangeetha.


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