Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blueberry Oat Bars (or Blackberry if you happen to live around here :)

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Perhaps you might recall Megan’s Sweet Potato Casserole… or you might not, but
Heavens to Betsy, I DO!!! Megan has never failed me yet, and the record still holds. (Just wait until I post her Lemon Loaf I just made!) I tried out this AMAZING dessert, and LOVED IT. I actually used some frozen blackberries I had put up after picking this fall. SO yummy! Thanks for the recipe, Megan… by all means, keep them coming!!!

Blueberry Oat Bars (From Megan Naess)

1-1/2 cups flour (I try to use whole wheat)
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup cold butter
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a bowl, combine flour, oats, 1 cup sugar and baking soda. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 2 cups for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. Baking pan; set aside.
In a saucepan, combine blueberries, cornstarch, lemon juice, and remaining sugar. Bring to a boil;
boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting. Yield: 2-1/2 to 3 dozen.
Note: The last time I made this, I thought it needed more filling so I doubled the amount of blueberries and cornstarch, used the juice from one lemon, and I thought it was better that way. (I didn't add any more sugar to the blueberries.)

6 comments:

jess and seth said...

Do you think strawberries would work? Those are the only berries I have frozen at the moment, and I'm thinking I really really need to make a few of these babies.

AmyJo said...

Those look delicious! Megan is really nice, too. Are there lots of blackberries in Moscow?

Cara said...

This looks like heaven! I go blueberry picking every summer and am always looking for new recipes using blueberries. Thanks for posting!

Momma Kaye said...

This would be a Grandpa Juan favorite. He loved blueberry anything, and so do I! It looks easier than a pie to me. I'm making dinner for Bethany & Jon today, I will have to try it out on them.

Keri said...

So good! I had some blueberries that needed to be used up and this was perfect for it. I didn't have enough blueberries to double and I agree with you it needs more berry filling. I did add a little water to mine to make it stretch just a little farther. I can't wait to try this with all different fruit. I also used the whole wheat and thought it turned out perfect.

Momma Kaye said...

I just made your blueberry oat bars... And (as often happens to me when I follow a recipe) I put ALL of the sugar in crust mixture... So it's baking now, and I'm sure we will be spiking the glycemic index as we indulge tonight. It sure smells good anyway. I've never made a blueberry filling that way, it was so easy!