From the Recipe Box: Blueberry Crumble Bars

by kitchenarian on July 21, 2011

I don’t tolerate the heat very well; I feel like I am moving in slow motion. Cooking, writing, and even moving just seem to be too strenuous. But with that said, I baked today. I had to; it felt like it had been too long.

When I went to the grocery store this morning even the produce looked hot and bothered.  The peaches looked a little dull, the lettuce looked a bit listless; maybe it was my imagination. But when I happened upon the blueberries, they looked plump and juicy and ready to burst. I snatched them up with plans to make something no matter how hot it was today.

I’ve been on the lookout for some go to recipes that satisfy the sweet tooth, but are a little higher on the healthy scale. I found a recipe at tasteofhome.com that I decided to tinker with a bit. I loved that it had oats and fruit – two healthy ingredients. I had some almond flour that I bought a while back for a recipe and so I incorporated some into the recipe. I replaced half the white flour with almond flour to lower some of the carbs. I replaced the white sugar with evaporated cane juice. This is simply organic sugar that does not undergo the same level of processing as white sugar. Because of this, it actually has more nutrients than refined sugar.  You should be able to find it in your favorite health food store. The results?  I loved them.  They are sweet without being too sweet and I love the buttery, oatmeal layers.  I can see different versions of this in my future:  cherry, apple, blackberry…

Ingredients:

3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups almond flour
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1-1/3 cups evaporated cane juice, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup cold butter
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, 1 cup sugar and baking soda. Cut in the cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 2 cups for topping and press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine blueberries, cornstarch, lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup of sugar. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes about 2-1/2 to 3 dozen.

 

Congratulations to the winners of the Clearly Fresh bags giveaway:

Comment # 6 -Juju from Get Fit with Juju
Comment # 16 -Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food
Comment # 50 – Kate from Diethood

(Winning numbers were chosen by random.org)

 

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Barefeet In The Kitchen July 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I love the change to almond flour. I have some in my freezer and I am going to try this. Thanks for the idea!

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Betsy July 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Yummy! I’m obsessed with blueberries right now! We’d love to have this recipe in the seasonal potluck! http://betsylife.com/2011/04/04/seasonal-potluck-link-party/

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Tara @ the pleased plate July 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I must try the evaporate cane juice now that someone explained it to me! And, my husband’s favorite crumble/cobbler is blackberry. I think I could substitute those for the blueberries!
These look so great; thank you for baking for us even if it was too hot!

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Juju July 21, 2011 at 8:28 pm

This looks delicious! Since I’m following the dukan diet, I won’t be eating this anytime soon, but it’s getting bookmarked!! =]

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day July 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I want one!! These look so good. I have a great recipe for blueberry crumble bars but I haven’t made them yet this summer. I might be adding that to my to -do list for Saturday, yours looks wonderful, I love Taste of Home recipes!

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Alida @ Alida's Kitchen July 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I have 10 pounds of blueberries in my refrigerator, and they are definitely screaming to be made into these bars. Yum!!

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Happy When Not Hungry July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I’m loving all the blueberry recipes that I’m seeing lately. These look beautiful!

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Sous Chef July 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

These look so appetizing! Save some for me when I get home 🙂

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Ann July 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I love the use of almond flour – very creative and it looks SO good!

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Michelle Jaffee July 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

Just the kind of simple and summery dessert I like… YUM!

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family July 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

I am loving all things blueberry right now…they are just so plentiful. Thank you for such a wonderful and appetizing recipe!!!

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Kelly July 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

These look so delicious, I just love blueberries! I just made blueberry lemon bread today and can’t believe I baked in all this heat, but I couldn’t help myself 🙂 Saving this recipe!!

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Bonnie Banters July 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’m glad you snatched up those blueberries! I love a flavorful and healthy bar, and blueberries are a favorite fruit of mine. This would make a fantastic breakfast bar! You’re right, this recipe could be used for a lot of other fruits also. Thanks!

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Carolyn July 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Good for you for making these a little healthier. The almond flour also adds incredible moistness and a great flavour. I wouldn’t have known these were a healthier version unless you told me, they look delicious!

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Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan July 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Blueberries are gorgeous right now! This looks so good. I want to eat these for dinner, dessert and breakfast tomorrow.

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yummychunklet July 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Definitely making these! The blueberries in my grocery store were super plump and cheap, and I had to get a quart!

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Elyse @The Cultural Dish July 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

I love that you baked regardless of the heat because these look so amazingly awesome!

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Liz July 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Another winner with berries! Keep ’em coming~

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Tiffany July 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Congrats Carolyn and Kate!!!!!!!!!! And LOVE these bars! I want to bake toooooooooo, but I can’t conjure up the energy!

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pachecopatty July 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Thank goodness for the blueberries ability to survive the heatwave! I made blueberry bars last week too, I bought mine at the farmers market and they looked good to me too. This is a good recipe to tinker with and definitely hits the sweet tooth spot! Sure hope you cool off soon;-)

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Sandra's Easy Cooking July 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I feel the same way, but those bars would be great right now to satisfy my sweet tooth:)) Awesome recipe, and tempting photos!:)

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Kita July 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm

These bars look tasty! I have been on a blueberry kick this year and this looks like another recipe to be added to the pile 😀

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Skylar July 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Those look quite tasty, especially with the 10 pounds of blueberries I picked this past weekend!

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