By contributing writer Andrea Green
These Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal Bars are served as an after school snack at least once a month in my house. The Greek yogurt bakes up almost like a dense cheesecake topping over a sweet oatmeal crust. Since it is made with whole food ingredients, I can make it for my girls and feel no guilt over serving a sweet treat.
This recipe is a great example of how cooking with whole food ingredients doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. If your pantry doesn’t include white whole wheat flour, can I please encourage you to pick up a small bag? It is lighter than whole wheat flour, so it is easier to substitute for all purpose flour in recipes without weighing a recipe down. Of course, if you don’t have white whole wheat flour and still want to make this recipe, all purpose flour works great.
I usually use frozen blueberries. It’s hard to find good blueberries where I live, so I just pick up a big frozen bag of organic blueberries at Costco. If you have access to good, fresh berries, they would be excellent in these bars.
By the way, while this recipe is more of a dessert cookie bar, if you look at the ingredients, it is not unlike a coffee cake. At least that is what I tell myself when I serve it for breakfast!
Blueberry Lemon Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons butter melted
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/3 cup blueberries frozen ok
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- 1 large egg white lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Lightly grease an 11 x 7 inch baking pan.
- Combine flour, oats, 1/2 cup maple syrup, salt and baking soda in a bowl and whisk together.
- Drizzle butter and lemon juice over mixture and stir.
- Press crust into bottom of pan.
- Combine blueberries, Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 tablespoons flour, vanilla, lemon rind, and egg white. Stir well.
- Spread on top of crust.
- Bake at 325 for 40 minute or until edges are golden. Cool on wire rack before serving.
- Store in refrigerator.
Other snack bar recipes you might like…
- No-Bake Cranberry Orange Snack Bars
- Homemade Lara Bars
- Gluten-Free Cereal Bars
- Frozen Lemon Bars
- Homemade Toffee Bars
Find more delicious recipes at the The Happy Housewife Recipe Index.
The recipe looks delicious. However, if I remember correctly, the substitution of white whole wheat flour is not cup for cup. Do check the package directions, but I think you need to subtract a tablespoon or two of the white whole wheat flour when using it in place of the regular.
Hi Linda, Thanks for your suggestion to check the package label. I make this recipe quite a bit and so I know the amount of flour in it is correct and will work mainly because it is used in conjunction with oatmeal – it isn’t a straight whole wheat flour recipe. I hope you make it and enjoy! Andrea
I am making this next month for breakfast. I agree with the sounds like coffee cake sentiment. Thanks for the recipe.
Looks wonderful, I’m thinking I can make a big batch these weekend for my son’s play date 🙂