Baking – Blueberry Bars

Adapted from this recipe here: http://www.food.com/recipe/blueberry-oat-squares-starbucks-copycat-386937

Crumble:

  • 2 & 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup each wheat bran and wheat germ
  • 1 & 1/2 ish cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/4 cups butter or margarine

Filling:

  • 3-4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 ish cup sugar
  • 1/3 ish cup orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch (flour works ok too)

In a large saucepan, mix blueberries, sugar, and juice on high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for about 10 minutes. I always use frozen because that’s what we have, but fresh would work too. Once the mixture has broken down, add the cornstarch, whisking it in until the mixture has thickened. I usually add some more full blueberries here too to make it tastier. Take off the heat and set aside until it cools.

While that’s cooling, in a large bowl mix oats, flour, wheat bran and germ, brown sugar, and baking soda. If you only have large flake oats, put 2 cups in a food processor and blast until it’s broken up and use that and the other 1/2 of large flake. That’s what I do and it normally works pretty well. Cut in butter or margarine and mix well. This part is pretty messy and you’ll probably have to use your hands. It should be sticky yet crumbly.

Line or grease a 9”x13” tray. Press in half the crumble mixture. Add the blueberries on top. Add the rest of the crumble to the top of that. I normally sprinkle some more oats or bran and sugar on top too.

Bake at 350 celsius for about 35 minutes.

These didn’t turn out super bar-like, they were definitely more similar to blueberry crumble. But they’re super tasty, trust me. I add wheat bran and germ because I’m pretentious and also like making things healthier.

Let me know if you make them!

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