These blueberry bars are an amazing treat (*>.<) Save money by replacing store bought snack bars, most of which are loaded with sugar and additives, with your own homemade healthy alternative! Ok, you can skip over the topping and replace more of the sugar with applesauce in the batter if you want to make them healthier, maybe even substitute some of the flour for flax seed meal, let your imagination play with the recipe to make it your own.
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Step 1: Ingredients
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/3 cup cane or regular sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 tablespoons applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup blueberries, frozen that have been thawed or I used fresh, rinse well
- 1/2 cup yogurt chips (optional, dark chocolate chips would probably taste great too)
- 2 tablespoons butter or a little coconut oil for a healthier option, melted
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar or regular
Takes a little over half an hour total, about 10 minutes prep time and 20-25 minutes to bake.
Step 2: Making the Mix
In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Mix together well, add the melted butter, and mix again until crumbly. Then in another bowl beat the egg and mix in the applesauce, orange juice, and vanilla extract. Combine both mixtures together in the larger bowl and add the blueberries and yogurt chips, blend together and scoop out onto a greased baking sheet. Spread the batter flat with a spoon, brush the top with melted butter, and crumble a little brown sugar over the bars for a delicious crust on top.
Step 3: Bake and Enjoy!
In a preheated 375 degree oven bake the bars for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top. Let cool for a bit if you can resist the temptation, and cut into bar shapes. This recipe also works well as cookies; I made 14 bars and 2 big cookies with this recipe, but it could make a lot more if you cut the bars in half to make smaller squares. These are soooo tasty and work great as an on-the-go snack.
I found this recipe at www.food.com/recipe/blueberry-oat-bars-56820 but tweaked a few things about it. I added yogurt chips, cane sugar instead of regular, and brown sugar on top. If you want the nutritional information before these changes check out the website. I think this recipe serves as a great base to play around with. Please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments about how to tweak this recipe to have different healthy combinations that put store bought bars to shame. Dried fruit, chia seeds, nuts, protein powder, a tropical coconut blend, what kind of mixes can you think of?