Friday, June 1, 2012

Blueberry Almond Oat Crumb Squares

Oh, hi little eat-off-the-floor dessert.  You know what I’m talking about Bev & Jackie.

We took this to a Memorial Day party on Sunday night.  There was some rock star-worthy food and desserts and at first I was afraid that no one was going to cut into it because it sat, untouched, for a good part of the event.

But, when someone finally did cut into it, I noticed several of my friends standing around the dish, practically eating out of it with a knife and spoon.  As we left the party, two of the ladies were taking just “one more bite” out of the pan.  As we rode the elevator, I just took a couple bites of the crumbs that were scattered in the pan because, well, they were there and no one was watching.

And as I got home that night, I myself pulled out a spoon and had at least ten a few bites myself.  I have no shame either.    If I would have tasted it before the party, there is a good chance that it wouldn’t have even made it there in the first place.

Yes, I can be the definition of gluttony.  Please help me.

I am so glad that I can just share the recipe with you guys because this is one of those recipe that I want to just dump on the floor so that I can eat it all by myself, and share with no one.  The whole thing – 2 sticks of buttery goodness – a whole lot of sweet brown sugar – fresh blueberries.  The end.

I’m just going to go make another pan while I watch that Friends video over and over again.  I don’t care how many times you watch it, or how many lines you know, it never stops being funny.  Would they make a reunion show, already?

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Blueberry Almond Oat Crumb Squares Recipe

Yield: 12-15 squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Fresh seasonal fruit is mixed with a buttery streusel-like mixture and baked into sweet crumbly squares for a perfect summertime treat. In off-season, use thawed frozen fruit to enjoy this dessert!

Ingredients:

3 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
3 cups fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.

Heat the butter in a small pan over low heat until melted. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Set aside.

While the butter melts, combine the oats, flour, brown sugars, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Add the butter to the oat mixture and stir until moistened. Stir in the oil and continue to mix until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.

Dump the mixture into the prepared pan. I say dump because it won’t pour – you’ll have to plop it into the center of the baking dish, and then spread the mixture out into an even layer. I found this to be easiest by using my hands.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.

Cassie's Notes:
Use any fruit, or any mixture of fruit that your heart desires in these. And, if you don't like and/or don't have almond extract, use vanilla, or maple, etc.

Canola or other light vegetable oil can be substituted for grapeseed oil and you can use all-purpose instead of whole wheat pastry flour if you prefer.

 

58 Responses to “Blueberry Almond Oat Crumb Squares”

  1. #
    Vicki Bensinger — June 1, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    What’s not to like with 2 sticks of butter in it plus a host of my favorite ingredients. This sounds sensational and it obviously is from the way you described it. This sounds too incredible not to make it so I guess I will print the recipe for a nice breakfast treat.

  2. #
    Kim | At Home WIth Kim — June 1, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    Oh Cassie… this looks SO good. Why don’t you bring it on over here and I’ll have the coffee ready? :-) YUM!

  3. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 1, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    Mmm breakfast heaven!

  4. #
    Therese — June 1, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    YUM! I will be trying this soon, but with almond meal and oat flour in place of the whole wheat flour.

  5. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — June 1, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Kinda wishing I had this instead of my pb toast!

  6. #
    Kathryn — June 1, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Oh wow, I can see why this went down so well. Love all that crumbly buttery goodness.

  7. #
    brandi — June 1, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    these look awesome, Cassie! I’m making these as soon as we have some blueberries.

  8. #
    Courtney — June 1, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    sounds amazing!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — June 1, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Aaah you and Spiffy-Cookie-Erin are killing me with the blueberries and streusel today!! a) I am in love with this, b) I am totally a guilty party for having eaten desserts straight out of the pan with a spoon, and c) I did not even have to click the link to know which Friends clip you’re referencing. Thank you to you and Bev for making my week a little more Friends-filled. Happy Friday!

  10. #
    Lauren — June 1, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Want. Want want want.

  11. #
    Maria — June 1, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Love everything about these bars!

  12. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 1, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    Girl, you had me at blueberries! BIG YUM.

  13. #
    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — June 1, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    LOVE blueberries! And what isn’t better with a ton of butter in it?

  14. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 1, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    These are the definition of perfection! Can’t top blueberries & butter!

  15. #
    Bev Weidner — June 1, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    (grabbing fork from inside coat pocket)

    “So what do we have here?”

    ;)

    • Cassie replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 9:33 am

      AND this is why I love you.

  16. #
    Jill — June 1, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I really, really want this. Yum!

  17. #
    Shirley@bells-bakery — June 1, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    Sounds and looks yummy!

  18. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — June 1, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    It’s a lot of butter and sugar but at it’s whole grain. :)

    It looks super yummy! I can’t wait for blueberry season to get here but strawberries only arrived this week so it’ll be a while. But once it is blueberry season, there is NO way I would share this with anyone. Blueberries are just too expensive and it looks too good. And I love that scene from Friends!

  19. #
    Anna — June 1, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Isn’t it funny how we bring something somewhere and then watch to see how/when people eat it? I would’ve definitely cut into this asap, forget the burgers!

  20. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — June 1, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    This looks delicious! I love all blueberry desserts!

  21. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 1, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    lol love it. And yes a reunion show is a must. That’s one of my fav episodes. Okay they kind of all were. Great recipe Cassie!

  22. #
    Kansas Bob — June 1, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    You and Ann (my one-time baking wife) should collaborate some time Cassie. :)

    • Cassie replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Yes! Bob, that would be wonderful! PS – I am making a pie this weekend for a blog project, I will bring you both a slice (or two) if you’d like!

  23. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — June 1, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    yum, this sounds just amazing!

  24. #
    Tracey — June 1, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Oh my word, fresh blueberries and almond extract? You know the way to my heart :) This looks amazing!!

  25. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — June 1, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    this looks and SOUNDS amazing! awesome that it was a huge hit..i’m always nervous watching people take the first bite and their reactions. great recipe!

  26. #
    Sheila — June 1, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I am so making this this weekend! It looks fabulous. I way over picked blueberries last year, my freezer is full of them. Always looking for new recipes to use them up!
    signed,
    The Fondue Queen

    • Cassie replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      You crack me up!

  27. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — June 1, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    A perferct summery dessert, snack or even breakfast!! Love ypur photos!

  28. #
    Deborah — June 1, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    I think I would have had more than 10 bites!

  29. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 1, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    Yeah, I can relate to the “one more bite” ladies…I’d be eating the whole batch right out of the pan. Probably double fisting…with ice cream. Awesome crumble!

  30. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 1, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    I’ll eat it off the floor with you too, kind of like how Chandler, Joey, and Rachel ate that amazing cheesecake off the hallway floor. Yup, I’m a huge Friends fanatic too. I own the entire series on DVD and it’s just on repeat when I’m at the house. You and I should send a letter to NBC for that reunion show!

    • Cassie replied: — June 4th, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      Yep! I think that episode is one of my favorites too…yet, I say that about all of them!

  31. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 1, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    Im a HUGE fan of crumbles and crumble topping anything. This looks spectacular, Cassie!

  32. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 1, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I love crumb topping! Any kind of crumble or crisp I just LOVE!!! Your oat crumb squares look amazing!!

  33. #
    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen. } — June 1, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    It’s the worst when nobody is trying your dish at a gathering!! I always make my husband take s huge helping lol

  34. #
    Suzanne — June 1, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    We just went blueberry picking on Memorial day and I still have tons so this looks like a great one to make, thanks.

  35. #
    Ryan — June 1, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Wow– I know I’d be one of the people standing around eating this out of the pan because this looks amazing! I love cobblers and crisps like this, especially during the summer!

  36. #
    Therese — June 1, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    P.S. I was so busy drooling over the picture that I didn’t even read the words. I watch Friends on repeat over here. Love it!

  37. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 2, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Lots of blueberries! The crumb must be delicious!

  38. #
    Ramona — June 2, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    It’s that time of year full of blueberries!! I love it. What a wonderful warm and delicious dessert!! :) Have a great weekend. :)

  39. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — June 2, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    These guys look soo good. I love the combination of flavors and ingredients. Yum!

  40. #
    Ashley - BakerbyNature — June 2, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    This needs to be my breakfast tomorrow! Blueberries and butter just seem to be what my body is craving these days.

  41. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 2, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! And I love the whole grains :D

  42. #
    cakewhiz — June 2, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    i haven’t been using blueberries in my desserts like i should. those squares do justice to all the blueberries we have this time of the year :)

    very pretty pictures too!

  43. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — June 2, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    I love how generous you were with the oats in this dessert! That crispy topping is always my favorite!

  44. #
    jacquie — June 2, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    oh that looks so good. but it is not blueberry season here yet – how do you think it would work w/ strawberries? and i don’t typcially have grapeseed oil is there something else i can use? thanks.

    • Cassie replied: — June 3rd, 2012 @ 8:29 am

      Hi there – yes, strawberries would be fabulous in this recipe, I would just suggest slicing them up, and use fresh instead of frozen. And canola oil can easily be subbed for grapeseed oil; I just prefer grapeseed for baking. Hope you enjoy! ~C.

  45. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 3, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Cassie! How’d I miss this from Friday!? Eat off the floor dessert.. sign me up. I actually just ate a lick of frosting that I accidentally plopped on the floor. That’s ok right?!

    Anything oat/crumble/crisp/streusel is my FAVE! And I know you love it too! Blueberries are perfectly in season right now, too. They are HUGE at my grocery store. Must buy some soon. :)

  46. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — June 3, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    What a fantastic crumble! Blueberries are my absolute favorite in a crumble! So beautiful Cassie!

  47. #
    Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake — June 4, 2012 @ 6:06 am

    I always get so excited when I see a recipe with blueberries, one of my favourite fruits! This recipe looks fantastic, would love to try it out. :)

  48. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — June 4, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Hmmm! I love your oat and blueberry in this, and how abundant blueberries are in it! DROOL. I love all kinds of blueberry treats and this will be gone quite fast if I make it at home. :-)

  49. #
    Evi — June 20, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Made a variation of this, and it was a hit! Great recipe!

  50. #
    Julie L — July 31, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Loved this recipe and so did my co-workers. I substitured 1/2 almond flour which cuts down on the carbs.

    THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE

    • Cassie replied: — July 31st, 2012 @ 11:12 am

      Hi Julie, I am so glad you liked it, it has become a favorite of mine! :)

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