Only 6 ingredients in these Blueberry Oatmeal Bars. Use pie filling to have this recipe turn out more like a cobbler or use jam to have a packable snack!
BLUEBERRY OATMEAL BARS
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Spring is coming. Tulips are popping out of the wet ground, buds are forming on trees and bushes, birds are chirping and dancing around the birdhouses.
It’s time for picnics in the park, day trips to the zoo, and family gatherings around the campfire. That’s the stuff dreamy spring days are made of.
If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to be stuck inside cooking when that sun peeks out and starts to warm the daytimes to near perfect temperatures. The recipe I have for you today is a quick recipe that calls for just 5 ingredients. Chances are you have the ingredients on hand for these Blueberry Oatmeal Bars. In about minutes, you’ll have these fruit-filled oatmeal bars ready for the oven.
What do I love most about these Blueberry Oatmeal Bars? Their versatility. Let’s talk about it.
- Flavor. If you don’t like blueberry, you can use any type of pie filling you’d like. Try cherry. Apple. Or even raspberry.
- Pie Filling = Cobbler. If you use pie filling as I show in these pictures, your bars will have a firmer bottom, but be “gooier” and end up more like a cobbler. You’ll be able to cut squares, but they won’t necessarily be “packable” to take with you on those spring trips to the park. If you choose to use a whole can of pie filling, save them and serve after dinner with a scoop of ice cream on top. My husband totally fell in love with this idea and I think you will, too!
- Jam = Packable Bars. Looking for a snack that the little ones can hold in their hands or you can send in their lunch? Try using your favorite flavor jam as the filling. If you choose this method, use about 10 ounces of blueberry jam, strawberry jam or even peach preserves. After the bars cook and cool, they will cut more easily into squares and not be as “gooey” as they appear here.
Either way, you make these easy oatmeal bars, you’re sure to get smiles.
Get your kids in the kitchen with this recipe. It’s a great, no-fail recipe that your little ones will love to help with!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
- 21 ounces blueberry pie filling (or 10 ounces jam)*
- In mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda.
- Using a pastry blender, cut in the cold butter cubes until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the flour mixture and set aside for the topping.
- Spray a 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray.
- Press remaining flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Spread the pie filling or jam on top of the flour.
- Sprinkle with reserved flour mixture.
- Press the topping gently into the jam with the palms of your hands.
- Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Allow the bars to cool completely, then cut and serve.