This mushy do-it-yourself blueberry bars recipe is bursting with candy blueberries. Serve them for a wholesome summer season dessert, and watch how shortly they disappear.
Simple blueberry crumble bars
With a buttery shortbread crust, thick blueberry filling, and scrumptious crumble topping, these traditional blueberry pie bars are just about unimaginable to withstand.
Every time I serve them at a celebration or occasion, folks all the time ask for the recipe.
For those who’re in search of a dessert to make for blueberry season, you may’t go fallacious with these bars. They’re hands-down one of the best blueberry bar recipe I’ve ever tried.
Additionally attempt these Wholesome Chocolate Chip Cookies
Blueberry bar recipe components
You will have flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, sweetener, butter or coconut oil, cornstarch or arrowroot, and blueberries.
Sorts of flour that work embody white all function flour, spelt flour, or oat flour. I’ve not tried entire wheat flour and don’t suggest coconut flour or almond flour.
For those who want to make your personal flour with oats from scratch, merely pulse raw rolled oatmeal in a meals processor or blender. Measure the oats after mixing.
The bars will be refined sugar free when you use coconut sugar, date sugar, or granulated erythritol or xylitol for bars with no sugar added.
Within the filling, any impartial granulated or liquid sweetener will do, together with pure maple syrup, honey, agave, white sugar, unrefined sugar, or a stevia baking mix.
Watch the step-by-step blueberry bar recipe video, above
Recent or frozen blueberries
Use no matter you have got available, or whichever one is on sale on the grocery retailer, as a result of both contemporary blueberries or frozen fruit work.
For those who select frozen berries, thaw the berries and blot away extra water or ice with paper towels earlier than starting, so the completed bars don’t prove soggy.
Or for a good faster and simpler possibility within the recipe, canned blueberry pie filling will be substituted for the blueberries, sweetener, and thickener.
You might also substitute contemporary or frozen raspberries, blackberries, pitted cherries, chopped peaches, mango, or strawberries for some or the entire blueberries to vary up the flavour.
Here’s a variation with apples: Apple Crumble Bars
Lemon blueberry crumb bars
As a enjoyable taste variation, stir the zest of 1 or two lemons into the blueberry filling.
Or you may stir the lemon zest straight into the shortbread crust and crumble topping. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the filling.
Garnish the quaint blueberry lemon bars with thinly sliced and curled lemon peels or contemporary sliced lemons and powdered sugar if desired.
Easy methods to make blueberry bars
Preheat your oven to 350 levels Fahrenheit. Line an eight inch sq. baking pan with parchment paper, and set the pan apart.
*For a big household or to feed a crowd, double the recipe and bake the bars in an oblong 9 by 13 inch baking pan for a similar period of time.
In a big mixing bowl, stir the flour, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Utilizing a pastry cutter, a fork, or a whisk, minimize within the chilled butter, almond butter, or coconut oil. Proceed to interrupt up the dough till it kinds small, even crumbles harking back to streusel. This will also be finished in a meals processor for a fast and straightforward possibility, if you want.
Press about half of the dough very firmly into the underside of the ready baking pan, utilizing a sheet of wax paper or second sheet of parchment to assist press extra firmly. (Discard this second sheet of parchment paper after use.)
In a brand new bowl, toss the contemporary or frozen thawed blueberries with the cornstarch or arrowroot and two tablespoons sweetener of selection till evenly blended.
Unfold the blueberry combination over the dough within the pan. Then sprinkle the remaining streusel topping evenly over all the pieces. Press down firmly.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 50 minutes. The filling ought to look thick and bubbly, with a golden crust and topping.
Let the blueberry bars cool absolutely earlier than slicing, as a result of the fruit filling corporations up and continues to set because it cools.
Is the recipe vegan or gluten free?
For dairy free and vegan blueberry bars, use plant based mostly butter (or coconut oil or almond butter) and your favourite nondairy milk. There are not any eggs required.
The bars will also be gluten free when you use gluten free oat flour. Some manufacturers of gluten free all function flour might also work. Make sure to report again when you attempt.
Whereas I’ve not but finished a keto model of the recipe, you may make improbable keto blueberry bars when you use blueberry yogurt in these Keto Lemon Bars.
Baking suggestions for blueberry pie bars
For cleaner slices, I like to recommend chilling the bars within the fridge earlier than slicing them. They need to slice simply as soon as chilly.
For those who favor to measure components with a meals scale as an alternative of utilizing measuring cups and spoons, listed here are the quantities to make use of in grams:
200 grams flour, 2 grams cinnamon, 130 grams sugar, 150 grams butter or coconut oil, 45 grams milk of selection or extra butter, 360 grams blueberries, 6 grams cornstarch, and 30 grams sweetener of selection. Additionally add the salt and baking powder.
The coconut oil model shall be a bit extra crumbly. Utilizing almond butter or the low fats milk possibility (as an alternative of all butter) will end in barely gummier crumbles earlier than baking. The ultimate outcomes for every possibility prove equally yummy.
My greatest baking tip is to make the recipe in accordance with the instructions the primary time. As soon as you understand how it ought to prove, you may have enjoyable experimenting with substitutions or slicing again on sure components.
Subsequent on my baking to-do checklist is to attempt including cream cheese to the filling, turning the recipe into blueberry cheesecake bars!
The recipe was tailored from my Peach Crisp and these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars.
- 1 2/3 cup spelt, white, or oat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup sugar (unrefined if desired)
- 3/4 cup butter, coconut oil, or almond butter
- 3 tbsp milk of selection or extra butter
- 3 cups blueberries
- 1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or sweetener of selection
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Stir the primary 5 components, then minimize within the butter or oil. (If utilizing oil or unsalted butter, add a further 1/4 tsp salt.) Press about half of the dough very firmly into the underside of an 8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Or double the recipe for a 9×13 inch pan. Toss the blueberries with the cornstarch and liquid sweetener. Unfold this over the crust. Sprinkle all remaining dough evenly over all the pieces. Press down firmly. Bake 50 minutes. Let cool, then chill within the fridge earlier than slicing into bars.View Vitamin Information
Extra Wholesome Blueberry Desserts
Wholesome Blueberry Muffins
Or these Keto Blueberry Muffins
Vegan Blueberry Pie
Keto Blueberry Bread
Wholesome Banana Bread
Or this Protein Banana Bread
(Add a half cup of blueberries to show it into banana blueberry bread.)