Easy baked oatmeal bars that taste way better than store bought and perfect for a snack, dessert or even breakfast. What can I say, I love a versatile snack and these are it. They disappear pretty quickly whenever I make them and it's only two of us living here, so you know they're good. Filled with a jammy blueberry filling and a buttery oat topping, they taste much more decadent than they really are. Minimal ingredients, one bowl and ready in about an hour, these blueberry oatmeal bars are the perfect treat to enjoy.
One of the things I love about these blueberry oatmeal bars are how versatile they are. If you want to keep them vegan, you can omit the butter and use a vegan butter substitute no problem. Plus they're naturally gluten-free, just be sure to use certified gluten free oats and oat flour.
Besides the ingredients listed below, you'll also need baking powder and salt.
Coconut sugar/brown sugar: Feel free to use either coconut sugar, or brown sugar for these blueberry bars.
Butter: If you want to keep these blueberry crumble bars vegan, you can substitute with a vegan butter that you like.
Blueberries: Fresh or frozen blueberries will work here. If using frozen, thaw a bit beforehand.
Blueberry jam: Personally I prefer these bars with some blueberry jam in combination with the blueberries. The jam gives a better consistency and makes these crumble bars extra jammy - yes please!
Arrowroot flour: some arrowroot flour helps to thicken the blueberry mixture.
These healthy blueberry oat bars couldn't be easier to make. All you need are the ingredients listed above and one bowl.
First, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Next, mix together then oats, oat flour, coconut sugar, melted butter, baking powder and salt. Use a spatula to mix together until it's crumbly and holds together when pressed between your fingers.
Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Pour the oat mixture into the pan, reserving about 1/2 to 3/4 cup for topping, and set that aside in a small bowl. Press the oat mixture into the pan with your hands.
Wipe out the bowl with a paper towel. Now, add the blueberries, jam, arrowroot flour and the remaining coconut sugar. Mix it up with a spatula or spoon.
Pour the blueberry mixture on top of the crust and even it out with the back of a spoon.
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over top of the blueberries using your fingers to leave them as clumps on top. Leave some space so that the whole thing isn't completely covered.
Place in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until slightly golden on top and the filling is bubbling.
Let it cool completely before removing and slicing, about one hour.
Once the blueberry oatmeal bars have cooled completely and you've sliced them, you can store them in an airtight container. You can leave them on the counter for one to two days, and then move them to the fridge in a sealed container.
To freeze: you can keep them in the freezer for a few months (if they last that long!). Keep them stored in a plastic ziploc bag, wrapped in parchment paper, or in a sealed container, wrapped in parchment or aluminum foil.
I don't find these blueberry oatmeal bars overly sweet or too filling. I find I like them best as a snack, rather than breakfast, but you do you!
If you make these healthy blueberry oatmeal bars, I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to tag me on Instagram, and/or leave a comment, rating or review below.
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These jammy blueberry oatmeal bars are the perfect snack, plus they're made in just one bowl and take under an hour to make.