Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
Contains the rich, full flavor of blueberries. Can also use wild strawberries, elderberries, or blackberries.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 12
1¾ cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup ground nuts (hickory or pecans)
¾ cup raw sugar
¾ cup butter, melted
2 cups wild blueberries
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Quick-Cooking Oats Versus Old-Fashioned Oats
The difference is the way the oats are processed. Oat groats are steamed, rolled, and flaked to produce rolled oats. Quick-cooking oats have thinner flakes and cook more quickly. They are less chewy than old-fashioned oats. To turn old-fashioned oats into quick-cooking oats, put in the blender and grind to desired texture.
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, nuts, and sugar.
3. Add butter and mix until crumbly.
4. Press half the mixture into bottom of medium-size, buttered baking dish. Set remaining mixture aside.
5. Combine blueberries, honey, water, and cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook 10–15 minutes, until mixture thickens and becomes clear.
6. Pour over mixture in baking dish.
7. Sprinkle remaining oats mixture over the berries.
8. Bake 20 minutes, until golden brown.