How to make Blueberry Oatmeal Bars using Frozen Fruit

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

With a gallon bag of blueberries in our freezer, and school starting, our kids wanted a delicious snack to be able to bring to school. A few years ago, I made a recipe with jam-filled granola bars. These Blueberry Oatmeal Bars are crazy-delicious and packed with flavor.

However, without pre-made jam, I wanted to try and make this recipe using the frozen blueberries we had on hand. As a result, these Blueberry Oatmeal Bars are crunchy and chewy with a fantastic burst of blueberry flavor.

blueberry oatmeal bars on plate

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Inspiration from ATK

This recipe came as an inspiration while watching a recipe on the television show America’s Test Kitchen. This episode showcased oatmeal bars that were filled with fudge.

Oatmeal Fudge Bars are for sure on my ‘Will Bake Soon’ list! Click the link below for the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen for Oatmeal Fudge Bars.

Recipe for Oatmeal Fudge Bars from America's Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen
Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

2 cups fresh/frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups oats
1 3/4 cup butter
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

ingredients for blueberry oatmeal bars on countertop

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then take a sheet of parchment paper and place it into a 9X13 baking dish and set aside.

By crinkling up the parchment paper before using it in the baking dish, it rests easier and nicer in the baking dish.

Mix the Dry Ingredients

2. Put 2 cups flour and 2 cups Old Fashioned oats in a medium bowl and then stir well with a spatula.

3. To the flour mixture, add 1 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then mix well to combine.

4. Use a box shredder to shred the butter into the flour mixture, then mix well with a spatula. Typically, cutting butter into a recipe requires you to use butter knives to mix the butter into the dry ingredients.

Here is a pro-tip for you from me, use a box shredder to shred the butter sticks into the dry mixture, then blend well with a spatula.

Prep the Frozen Blueberries

5. Place the blueberries into a medium bowl and then add 1/2 cup sugar and mix well with a spatula, then add 1/2 cup corn starch and stir well.

The corn starch helps make the blueberry juices nice and thick instead of runny.

Time to Assemble

6. Pour half of the dry mixture into the prepared baking dish and then press down.

pour out half dry mixture into prepared baking dish and gently press down

7. Dump the blueberries mixture onto the oatmeal mixture and then spread it out with a spatula.

8. On the top of the blueberries, add the rest of the dry mixture and then spread it out evenly with a spatula making sure to gently press it down.

add rest of dry ingredients on top of blueberries and gently press down

9. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 60 minutes, or until the top is browned nicely.

Place blueberry oatmeal bars in oven to bake until browned

10. Remove the Blueberry and Oatmeal Bars from the oven and rest to cool before cutting into slices.

When the Blueberry Oatmeal Bars are cooled, lift the bars out of the baking dish by holding onto the parchment paper.

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars cooling in baking dish on countertop

Finally, slice, serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Levi snacking on Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Ingredients for Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

2 cups fresh/frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups oats
1 3/4 cup butter
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Directions for Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then take a sheet of parchment paper and place it into a 9X13 baking dish and set aside.
2. Put flour and oats in a medium bowl and then stir well.
3. To the flour mixture, add brown sugar, baking powder and salt, then mix well to combine.
4. Use a box shredder to shred the butter into the flour mixture, then mix well with a spatula.
5. Place the blueberries into a medium bowl and then add 1/2 cup sugar and mix well with a spatula, then add 1/2 cup corn starch and stir well.
6. Pour half of the dry mixture into the prepared baking dish and then press down.
7. Dump the blueberries mixture onto the oatmeal mixture and then spread it out with a spatula.
8. On the top of the blueberries, add the rest of the dry mixture and spread it out evenly, then gently press it down with a spatula.
9. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 60 minutes, or until the top is browned nicely.
10. Remove the Blueberry and Oatmeal Bars from the oven and rest to cool before cutting into slices.
Finally, slice, serve and enjoy!
~Monica

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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