Blueberries, Blueberries, Blueberries!
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As you might have guessed from the pancakes I made, I love blueberries! One of my favorite ways to eat fresh blueberries is with cottage cheese but I also love them in yogurt or on cereal. And of course in desserts…especially blueberry pie! I don’t find a lot of fresh blueberries here but I have found that frozen ones work just as well in most recipes.

I found this recipe on a great blog called Farmgirl Fare. It combines two of my favorite things…oatmeal cookies and blueberries! These are called breakfast bars but if you don’t like sweets for breakfast, these make a great dessert…especially served with some vanilla ice cream!

As farmgirl points out at the end of her recipe, blueberries are really good for you! So if you’re gonna splurge and eat dessert, why not make it one that at least offers some health benefits? In fact, this dessert is twice as good for you because it’s also filled with oats, another one of the world’s healthiest foods! I know, I know, the blueberries and oats don’t make all the calories from the butter and sugar disappear. But wouldn’t you feel better eating a homemade blueberry bar rather than some preservative-filled, prepackaged junk food?

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7 Comments
  1. Pearl

    Wow, you have stunning beautiful photos and lovely variety of recipes!

    8:58 pm  Aug 7th, 2006
  2. gardenpath

    I am taking this one, and I do think I’ll use it for a dessert. This site really is looking great.
    How did you do the blueberry shot?

    10:02 pm  Aug 9th, 2006
  3. elskermeg

    Thanks to both of you :-) Sandy, this definitely makes a great dessert! The only change I think I might make next time is cut the amount of almond extract mixed with the blueberries. The flavors are great together but after eating these for a couple of days, I decided the almond was a little overpowering. If you make them, you might want to try using 1/2 t. of almond extract instead of a full teaspoon.

    About the photo: I am very new to food photography and I don’t know that much about photography in general so every good shot I’ve taken up to this point has been pretty much accidental :-) For this one, the blueberry bar was sitting in the middle of a big white tray and I just got as close as I could. I’ve been using natural light instead of a flash so the latest photos have been taken towards the evening when I have good light coming in through the kitchen window that isn’t too harsh. I just keep taking them until I get something I like. Unfortunately I don’t have photoshop so I really have to make sure I capture what I want since I can only do basic editing with Picasa.

    I am trying to learn more about photography. I have a great camera and I’d like to be able to take full advantage of it! Here’s an informative site about digital photography that I’ve been checking out and I’ve also learned a lot from studying other food photos on Flickr. Sometimes I ask questions about the photos I really like.

    7:43 am  Aug 10th, 2006
  4. zainab

    wow that looks soooooooo good!
    Love your site and your recipes!

    9:32 pm  Jul 27th, 2007
  5. Pamella

    For those of you who like to keep things a bit healthier, I just baked these and modified some of the ingredients to try to make it a bit more nutritious for my little man! (and me of course!! ha ha)
    On the bottom layer I used 1/2c of brown sugar and for the flour I used whole wheat.
    In the middle layer, I eliminated the sugar completely (why do we need to add extra sugar to berries we already love as they are???!!!).
    For the top layer I used 1/3c white and 2/3c whole wheat flour.
    It turned out GREAT! SO good and it was a huge hit with my son as well :)
    Thanks for posting the recipe up!

    5:31 pm  Mar 11th, 2008
  6. Lisa

    My hubby made these on Monday and they rock!!! He did cut the butter and sugar down quite a bit in the top and bottom crusts. Also, we think that next time he can eliminate the sugar on the berries as well. Our toddler really likes them too. Thanks so much! I love your site :)

    6:44 pm  Jan 20th, 2010
  7. Brooks

    Oh your recipes are great. I’m happy to read your blog every day. As for this recipe, I have also my favorite blueberry bars recipe, here it is http://cookiteasy.net/recipe/blueberry-crumb-bars-1019669.html Besides blueberry I like here vanilla (used also in the recipe you offer) and cinnamon. Once I skiped cornstarch in this recipe and bars weren’t worse.

    2:11 pm  Nov 28th, 2013
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