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Homemade Blueberry Oatmeal Bars!

Soft and healthy blueberry oatmeal bars, filled with fresh summer blueberries.

Oatmeal Blueberry Bars

These whole-grain blueberry oatmeal bars are a deliciously healthy breakfast or snack.

They’re easy to make, great for picnics or barbecues (hello, Fourth of July!), and the recipe is totally vegan – NO eggs or butter required.

Plus, the wholesome snack bars have less than 1/4th the amount of sugar called for in most traditional blueberry bar recipes.

I really have no idea why traditional recipes call for so much added sugar. Blueberries are perfectly sweet on their own, and all that extra sugar—often a shocking 1 1/2 cups or more packed into an 8×8 pan—is completely unnecessary.

Blueberry Oat Bars

Cut them into bars or squares, and serve either plain or topped with coconut butter if you’d like.

See the following easy tutorial for How To Make Coconut Butter.

Both fresh and frozen blueberries work here; just be sure to thaw the berries first if using frozen. And yes, other berries will work as well if you want to change up the flavor. These were actually adapted from a recipe for strawberry oatmeal bars that I posted a few months ago. After I published the recipe, so many of you wrote in to ask if they could be made into blueberry bars that I decided the blueberry version needed its own post.

Blueberry Bars

Honestly, I also wanted to do the blueberry version in a new post because I loved how beautiful the bars looked with the coconut butter and really, really wanted to take pictures!

If you try them, be sure to leave a comment or tag @ChocolateCoveredKatie on Instagram so I can see and like your photos!

Clean Eating Blueberry Oatmeal Bars - Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Adapted from Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Homemade Blueberry Oatmeal Bars!

Total Time: 35m
Yield: 12-16 bars
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup spelt, white, or oat flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • optional 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar, unrefined if desired
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen thawed blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice, or pinch uncut stevia

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and optional cinnamon. Stir in the oil, then very firmly press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan, reserving the remaining dough. In a separate bowl, stir blueberries, starch, and 1 tbsp sweetener. Press this mixture on top of the dough in the pan, then sprinkle the remaining dough on top. Press down very firmly again. Bake 35 minutes on the center rack. Let cool, then refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting, as they firm up considerably. Eat plain, or top with melted coconut butter, frosting, or a basic powdered sugar glaze.

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Published on July 2, 2018

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  1. Natasha @ Thoughts of Tradition says

    Such beautiful blueberry treats were never seen before! I enjoy all of your posts featuring the sweet and colorful little fruit. I have tried Clif bars, and assume these will have a similar texture, but with a much better sugar to nutrient ratio. These are so appealing to look at and I can understand why you were eager to write a new post featuring the photos.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. Have a wonderful Monday.

  2. sabrina says

    I completely agree that most of these bar or similar recipes call for way too much sugar, so your very much lower sugar count in favor of the natural sugars in the blueberry is very much appreciated, thank you

  3. New England Flybaby says

    Prevention magazine has been decrying the overuse of sugar in American “food” products for at least 40 years. You may want to check the following book out of your library. It is about the food industry’s systematic “pushing” of sugar and fats in their products to get Americans addicted to sugar. The book is: “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Diet” by David Kessler, MD, who was formerly the head of the FDA. Although the book is copyrighted in 2010, it is very well researched and documented. (However, I warn you, it is a bit of a cynicism producing read…)

      • Alison says

        They came out great!! I used old fashioned oats, subbed organic unsweetened applesauce for the oil, used Lakanto monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar and even reduced the flour to 1/4. I also used half blueberries and half strawberries since this recipe was adapted from the strawberry bars and I just couldn’t pick one! Lol. ?

  4. ALICE HOWELL says

    I used regular oats with white flour, butter instead oil, granulated sugar throughout, & added some fresh lemon zest to the berries. It is so delicious!!!

    • ALICE HOWELL says

      I used regular oats with white flour, butter instead oil, granulated sugar throughout, & added some fresh lemon zest to the berries. It is so delicious!!!
      ***I used unsalted butter instead of oil & I also increased the salt to 1/2 tsp.

  5. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    Combining oatmeal and blueberries is the best! I think layering some of the oats on top of the blueberries is such a great idea. Glad that you addressed sugar–there is SO much refined sugar in pre-packaged nutrition and granola bars nowadays! What a shame!

  6. Christina says

    I loved this! I think I’m going to use less sugar in it because the honey I mixed with the blueberries added a lot of sweetness already. Can’t wait to make it again!

  7. Nancy Tipton says

    I love these. Used old fashioned oats and a bit less sugar than 1/3 cup. What I found, however, is that I wanted more oat mixture….so doubled the recipe. A bit “thicker” bar. Took a bit longer to bake.

  8. Victor says

    I made this 3 times already, about to make it again, but with blackberries instead of blueberries. This thing is delicious and super easy to make. I always cut the sugar down about half, and it’s still sweet and yummy. I’ve also mixed in vanilla protein powder and chopped nuts and it still turned out delicious. Like this recipe. Thanks. .

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