Hey everyone, Im back from my vacation and getting back to doing what I love the most. Creating recipes in my kitchen. This time its a healthy blueberry oat bars. and I can’t tell you how much I love this one. Now let me tell you why I came up with this one. After my vacation in bangalore, and after all the yummy mummy food, Indian street food. I have definitely comeback with some extra baggage. So Im back to some calorie deficit and quantifying what I eat. Yes I pulled in my husband as well. SO we are eating clean and measuring our macros strictly. So thats where these healthy oatmeal bars come in. These fill in as snacks in between your meals. So this recipe just works for some snack time cravings.
Why are these blueberry oat bars healthy ?
- Its got all things clean. yes it is !!
- Gluten free
- Refined flour free, Refined sugar free
- no butter, no vegetable oil.
- It has oats, blueberry, coconut oil, almond flour, coconut sugar and your sorted. nothing else.
HOW TO MAKE BLUEBERRY OAT BARS
These blueberry oats bars are simple to whip up and bake, because it is a simple one bowl recipe. Before the ingredients, just the tools you will need.
- 7×7 pan or and 8×8. I used and 8×8 and my bars were a little thin.
- parchment sheet
- baking spray
- measuring spoon
- weighing scale.
These bars uses some wholesome ingredients.
- Oats – quick or instant oats, (not steel cut or rolled) Oats form the main base for these bars. and its our hero ingredient here. So no deviation here. We are not going to replace or substitute with any thing else. If you are gluten intolerant, I suggest using oats made in a non gluten facility.
- Almond Flour – I used almond flour, to keep it gluten free and low on carb, as we have oats for carbohydrates. (Now you can use refined flour or even whole wheat flour. Read the notes)
- Coconut Oil – yes, coconut oil is what I have used. because its vegan. So good health benefits and good fats included in your bars.
- Coconut Sugar – These bars have no refined sugar or brown sugar, its coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is the most natural sugar that is available(which is less processed and thus a lot of nutrients are still intact) also, a little lower in glycemic index. For more on coconut sugar, this article will be helpful .
- Blueberries – Fresh or frozen ones are just fine.
- Cinnamom ground – just to elevate the flavour.
- Xanthan gum – optional. xanthan gum, helps bind the ingredients in a gluten free bake. this is completely optional. These bars are definitely crumbly. So to bind them you either use xanthan gum or some kind of nut butter.
Adding nuts is an optional – you can add walnuts, almonds or pecans.
Coconut Sugar and the Coconut oil in these bars are not only healthy, but makes them warm and toasty.
HOW TO BAKE BLUEBERRY OATS BARS
These are simple tray bake. mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and pack them tight in the pan. Bake for about 20 mins. Let them cool completely before cutting into bar. If not using xanthan gum or nut butter, I recommend keeping it chilled. else it will crumble because there is no other binding agent.
BLUEBERRY OAT BARS
Tools/Equipment you will need
- mixing bowl
- 7×7'' or 8×8'' pan
- parchment paper
- knife to cut the bars
- nonstick spray / bake spray
- 150 grams oats – instant or quick oats
- 75 grams almond flour
- 60 grams coconut sugar
- 120 ml coconut oil – read recipe notes
- 200 grams blueberries – fresh or frozen
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp xanthan gum – optional (I did not use in this recipe)
- 150 grams any nut butter – peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, or just pure melted unsalted dairy butter
- Spray and line a square 7×7 or an 8×8 pan with a parchment paper. Preheat oven.
- Take a mixing bowl, put all the dry ingredients(oats, coconut sugar, almond flour, ground cinnamon) use a fork to simply whisk . If using xanthan gum, you will add it at this stage.
- Now, add in the coconut oil or nut butter(read recipe notes). mix well until it all comes together. Fold in the blueberries, gently into the oats mixture.
- Now transfer to the pan. Now, since this does not have a binding ingredient. You will have to press the oats batter tight into the pan.
- Bake at 170°c for 25 mins. Take it out, and let it cool completely. Then let it refrigerate and cut when chilled.
- These bars are crumbly, hence they dont stand good in room temperature. So I recommend to keep the bars chilled.
- To have a binding factor, use xanthan gum or nut butter
- Xanthan gum – it is a food additive, used as a thickening agent. In baking, it turns into gel like consistency, when mixed with liquid, which enables it to bind. Very important for gluten free baking. here you may use 1/4 tsp mixed into the oats before adding any liquid. I did not use them in my bars
- Nut Butter – Use the said quantity of any nut butter.
Storage and Other tips
- These bars, can be chilled for almost a week. I do not recommend freezing, this particular bar recipe, which has not binding ingredient. Because when thawed, these bars will crumble way too much. Now if you have substituted or used any ingredient, you can go ahead and freeze them.
- Store them in airtight container and then refrigerate it.
Thats a wrap with my healthy blueberry oat bars. Will come back with more of these. In the meanwhile there are more blueberry recipes on the blog. So I want to know What variation of the oat bar did you make ? Gluten free or Vegan or both ? Write in to me.
Have a lovely day
Happy baking & much Love