Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Blueberry Oatmeal Treats


We never even have just one crumb left when we make these. (Yep, even the crumbs are that good.) There is just something about this recipe -- it's somewhere between a crumble + a granola bar--- and it just flies out of our house. Full recipe and photos below.

Hi!  When we meet here at willowday, I like to share projects and dishes that you can actually make -- hopefully right away without special orders.  Although many of the treats I've already shared can be made by kids, I'm started a new label called Kids Bake:  These Blueberry Oatmeal Bars (aka our granola bars) are #2 in the Kids Bake series! Happy Making!

Not only is this a great recipe for kids but, we're lucky enough of have blueberries on our lawn and me: 3 blueberry pickers! Easy recipe for kids or for you at the last minute (= Super Mom recipe!)

Yesterday,  I snapped a few shots as I made these blueberry oatmeal treats with a double surprise in mind: 1. after school treats and 2. a quick trip to the beach (here on Instagram) Our weather is suddenly so beautiful, I just couldn't resist. Continue below for this easy recipe and picture tutorial! Happy Blueberry Days!

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
2 Cups Oats (or alternative: *Spelt Oats)
1 1/4 Cups Flour (or alternative: *Spelt Flour)
1/2 Cup Sugar  (or alternative: *Agave)
1/2 t. Cinnamon
1/4 t Baking Powder
1/4 t. Salt
1 t. Vanilla
1/2 Cup Butter (or alternative: *Cocoa Butter)
1 Cup Blueberries
- Alternative #2: Blue berries Preserves for a firm granola type bar
- Alternative #3: 1 Cup Blueberries + 3T apricot preserves for a slightly more firm bar

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line the bottom of a 8 x 8" pan with baking paper. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Add butter and cut into the dry ingredients. If you don't have a cutting tool, use two knives to chop the mixture until it resembles course meal and is no longer dry. Don't over mix, though -- it should be combined just to this point. 
Take 1/2 of the oatmeal mixture and press firmly into the bottom of the pan. Bake until the edges are lightly browned -- about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and top with blueberries (*or blueberry preserves to make a firmer bar that more resembles a granola bar.) Once the berry layer has been layeredd flat, sprinkle the bars with the remaining oatmeal mixture.
Bake until the topping just browns --- about 20 minutes. Once brown, remove from oven and cool. Cut into bars. These may be left at room temperature or chilled. Enjoy!

(* Ingredients in ()'s are for a healthy alternative! We love these substitutes equally and I find the the coconut butter flavor is perfect with the oats. Either way, delicious. We hope you find so, too!)


Something you might like:
Kids Bake: Macaron
Indoor S'mores




8 comments:

  1. Ooo, love that you're starting this series and lucky you with blueberries on your lawn! Yum!

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    1. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear this and that you took the time to let me know! There's more around the corner! And yes -- our lawn is Blueberry Sal.. without the bear! :-)

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  2. Thanks a lot for the recipe! I am a die hard oatmeal fan but unfortunately we don't own an oven at home but it looks really delicious, Gina! Maybe next time. I'm so looking forward to seeing more of your kids bake series ;)

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    1. Onel, I wish I could send you over a basket! Thanks so much and mentioning that you don't have an oven is really interesting as we share in our series. Thank you!

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  3. Good Morning, Willow!
    Just a quick question ~ we recently got some imported mixed berries {oh, how I miss berries!}, but they are frozen. Do you think they would work? Should I thaw and strain them? Put them on frozen? Not quite sure the best way to use them to make the bars set up...
    Thanks for any suggestions you can give!
    Patty

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    1. Hi Mrs John, your notes always have such an impact when I think of where you are writing from! I know how precious these berries must be --- so, I'm going to speed up my weekend baking and whip up a batch quickly. (The kids will only be thrilled and we have a weekend of sports -- these are perfect) I know that I have frozen blueberries --- I'm going to make a batch with mine and I'll report back in this weekend. OK? Thank you for asking! I know I've done it before but, again, when I think of how precious these are, I'd like to give you optimal results! Warmest/Gina

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    2. Wow, Willow! I'm shocked at your sweet thoughtfulness ~ looking forward to your recipe. Your reply made my day!

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    3. Dear Mr. John, I tried this recipe with frozen blueberries and it turned out great! Happy Making! Gina aka; Willow

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Thank you!