Look at me, back in action and keeping up with my blog posting! Well now that I have somewhat of a schedule and a working computer be prepared for some OUT OF THIS WORLD recipes. Haha not really, but still quite tasty and down right Pinterest worthy right?!
This recipe is one I came up with yesterday morning. I had bought some blueberries and they were extremely plain and almost flavorless. I get it, its a tad too early for blueberries, but I could eat buckets of blueberries so whenever they are sold I can't resist and buy them knowing they are not going to be nearly as delicious and ripe as they should be. If I just wait a few more weeks I can have an endless selection of blueberries at my finger tips, being that I literally live in the blueberry capital of the world.
However, I bought the pint of blueberries. Since I did not want to eat them plain I figured I'd bake something with them. I decided to go with a good old blueberry bar. Its nice and sweet thanks to making a sauce with the blueberries and honey, but also toasty and crunch because of the oatmeal and walnuts.
Mmm mmm. I could eat the whole batch, but I won't. At least I hope I won't.
If you went out and bought blueberries a bit too early don't eat them its not worth it. Make these bars, they are well worth it!
Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
Makes 12-16 bars
For the bars
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, dark or light
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
For the Filling
- 1 2/3 cups blueberries
- 3 tablespoons honey, or sugar but I prefer honey
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8 in square baking dish with parchment paper, or foil with non stick spray.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.
- Add the melted butter and mix with a fork until combined and a light crumb forms.
- Press half of the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for 12 minutes.
- While baking the crust; Prepare filling by adding the blueberries, honey, cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and lemon juice to a medium sauce pan.
- Stir ingredients and continue to cook over medium heat until sauce thickens, about 7 minutes.
- Pour over crust and top with remaining mixture.
- Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of nuts over the top, and bake for about 30 minutes.
- Let cook in pan on a wire cooling rack.
- Once cool cut into bars and enjoy!