Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Break from Cake: Blueberry Oat Bars

In my house, we love berries! With strawberries and blueberries at their best this time of year, I have been easily tempted into trying several new recipes that incorporate them. I have already shared my strawberry cake. These Blueberry Oat Bars were another attempt to get some fresh berry lovliness into a baked good.

One morning as I was about to make some oatmeal with fresh blueberries mixed in, it occured to me that the blueberry oat combo would likely be delicious in bar form. I did a quick Google search to see if anyone out there thought the same thing, and wouldn't you know it, Starbucks makes Blueberry Oat Bars! I guess I am not that original.

I used this copycat recipe with just a few tweaks. I could not unearth my Quaker Instant Oats in my overcrowded pantry, so I had to settle for instant steel cut oats. I was worried that the change of ingredient would ruin the recipe, but the steel cut oats gave the bars more of a granola texture which I enjoyed. Just make sure yo use instant steel cut oats if you go this route. Also the recipe says to bake the bottom crust 10 minutes, but I let mine go 15 until it began to brown.

I did follow the recipe's instructions and put 3/4 of the oat mixture on the bottom. If I make this again I will divide the oat mixture evenly between the bottom and top crusts. I found the bottom layer to be quite a bit too thick.

Overall, these were a nice morning treat with some coffee and were a great way to get that fresh berry fix!