Blueberry Oatmeal Layer Bars
I love blueberries. They might be my favorite fruit. So you can imagine my delight when I learned about Driving Wind Blueberry Farm which is located only 10 minutes from my house in the heart of Indianapolis. My daughter and I have stopped by to pick blueberries there each of the past two summers in early July. She’s three, so I end up doing most of the picking but she does love their blueberry graham ice cream from Lick and resident donkey.
This year I picked about ten pounds over two visits, and later bought another five pounds from Wildwood Market. That’s a lot of blueberries. We used a lot of them fresh and froze the rest. I spent a copious amount of time looking for new blueberry recipes. The one below is my own creation, inspired by many other bloggers, namely Hummusapien. I didn’t take detailed pictures while prepping, but they were so good I decided they had to serve as my next blog topic. Next time I make them I might try infusing a little rosemary or basil into the jam and crushed almonds into the crust just to be adventurous. These are not overly sweet, so we ate them as a special breakfast treat.
Makes 9 bars
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 30-35 minutes
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 325F. Grease an 8x8in baking dish and line with parchment. Makes it much easier to lift out.
- Heat a small saucepan over medium and add blueberries, chia seeds and maple syrup. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Use a potato masher mash up the berries. Allow to cool.
- Mix the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Add applesauce, maple syrup and coconut oil.
- Set aside a rounded half cup or so of the base mixture and then spread the rest evenly into the pan. Top with blueberry mixture, spreading evenly with a spatula.
- Sprinkle the rest of the oat mixture on top.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before cutting into 9 bars.
- Eat within a few days or freeze for later.
Joli Heavin is a professional fundraiser and grant writer who works for Children's Bureau. In her spare time, Joli enjoys running, reading, and cooking. She is a lover of all things art and was once a classically trained singer and actress, but now primarily enjoys her roles as Clare's mom and Matt's wife.