O.M.G. (!), this is probably one of my new favorite recipes. On top of being delicious and packed with filling oats, blueberries, and nuts, you can whip this up well before the oven is done preheating. Yes - before the "beep beep beep". In fact, it's so fast that I've made it in the mornings before work, had a bar for breakfast, and packed 2 bars for an afternoon snack before leaving the house. I've made these gluten free blueberry oat bars at least 2-3 times within the last 2 weeks, and my husband has tried ...zero... (shameful, I know). As I write this, another batch is baking in the oven. I'm hoping he hops on these fast tomorrow morning before they're all gone...
Summer is drawing to a close, but this recipe is great - you can make these filling bars year round. Frozen blueberries bake up perfectly into juicy, blue pillows nestled in a soft, spiced, oat-y background. The hard part is believing that these are actually good for you (and gluten free too, if you please)!
These blueberry bars are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast/snack; they are essentially portable oatmeal (+ an egg). Protein and fiber in the oats, berries, milk...nuts...egg....wait - everything, will easily keep you satiated until lunch time.
Blueberry Oat Bars
Makes ~9 bars (3 x 3 in each)
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
1 1/2 cups oats (quick or old fashioned will work)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp coriander (optional)
1 1/4 cups whole milk (you could probably also use 2%)
2 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a 12 x 9 in. pan
2. Combine all ingredients but vanilla and milk in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla and milk last; stir to combine (batter will be very liquid - don't worry, it will firm up in the oven)
3. Pour batter into pan; rearrange blueberries evenly
4. Bake for 30 minutes
5. Remove from oven; let cool, and cut into squares (approximately 9), and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy these soft, chewy bars as much as we (okay, just I) have. Store the bars in the refrigerator; they will keep for 3-5 days, but I doubt they'll last that long.
Any suggestions for mix-ins are welcome - I'm thinking about coconut?
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think of these (and what mix-ins you would add)!