Saturday, July 23, 2011

Blueberry Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

Here I go with blueberries and oatmeal again.  I just can’t help it; blueberries are so good right now.  I love combining them with oatmeal.  This sweet treat is actually somewhat healthy.  No butter, no oil, very little sugar but packed with flavor and good-for-you blueberries.  You can learn more about their power from this post.

The texture of the bars is light and fluffy.  So light that the first time that I made them, this is how they came out of the pan.  I was a little too impatient to wait for them to cool and they fell apart everywhere.

Fail.  Except that, even in a crumbly mess, they tasted so good!  I made them again and they were a success…still very moist but at least they stayed intact.  You could cut them in squares but I liked the idea of “bars” for easy snacking.

Next time I think I’ll add a little bit more peanut butter.  The flavor is there but I could have used a little more.  Side note: these bars are not very sweet so feel free to adapt the recipe to your liking.  Additional add-ins: mashed banana, walnuts, flax seed, other fresh fruit, dried cranberries or raisins, chocolate or butterscotch chips, etc.

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Blueberry-Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars Recipe

Yield: 8 bars

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray an 8x8 baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix in the vanilla, milk and egg and stir until combined. Add in the peanut butter and stir. Gently fold in the blueberries and mix throughout. Turn the mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake for 20 minutes. The top will begin to turn golden brown.

 

25 Responses to “Blueberry Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars”

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    Lizzy — July 23, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Glad you didn't give up on these lovelies! I'm the impatient type, too, when it comes to baking yummy new dishes. I've had my share of flops!!!

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    Peggy — July 23, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    I think this would make a perfect breakfast on the go – I can never make time in the morning to sit down and have breakfast so these would be perfect, easy, and tasty!

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    Parsley Sage — July 23, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Good is good no matter what it looks like :) I fully support the banana add in too. YUM! Buzzed

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    kitchenarian — July 23, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Blueberries and peanut butter together. Yum!

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    Carolyn — July 23, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    I am so guilty of being too impatient and cutting into things early! These sound fantastic and I know my kids would love them. On my to-make list!

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — July 23, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Cassie…I am a huge fan of sweet things for breakfast. Even better when it includes oatmeal and fruit! These look so yummy. I could think of a million things to do with the 'failures', too! And I love recipes that are versatile. I imagine cranberries in place of the blueberries will be good in the fall! : )

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    theblackpeppercorn — July 23, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    One line is your post that I loved "Next time I will use more peanut butter". That line should be used more often in life!! :)

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    Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny — July 23, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    These look soo delicious!! What a perfect breakfast bar! :)

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    Alex — July 23, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    I've wanted to try making some bars. these look great and what a fantastic flavor combo!

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    Kim Bee — July 23, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    Wow, I bet these smell as amazing as they look. I love these.

  11. #
    Ann — July 23, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    Fantastic! I'm with you, oatmeal, blueberries and peanut butter can go in everything! I love that you stuck with it to perfect the recipe…

  12. #
    In Katrina's Kitchen — July 24, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    "Next time I'll add more peanut butter…" THE STORY OF MY LIFE!!!

  13. #
    Kate@Diethood — July 24, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    Great flavors for an oatmeal bar! I think I'll add butterscotch chips! :)

  14. #
    Jill @ Dulce Dough — July 24, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    What a great breakfast bar! And I so understand not being able to wait for stuff to cool…..

  15. #
    Lisa Orgler — July 25, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    I love this combination and can't wait to try it!

  16. #
    kita — July 25, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    You can go with those blueberries and peanut butter all you want. I have got to try these!

  17. #
    Erin — July 25, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    Congrats on the Top 9 with this – just realized they were yours! They sound great!

  18. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — July 26, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    I love that you made your own breakfast bars – great idea! And congrats on making the top 9 yesterday!

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    Anonymous — July 26, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    these are so good! peanut butter is my absolute favorite thing in the world, but blueberries are up there too, so i was excited to combine them. i took your advice and added more peanut butter and used over a cup of blueberries as well. they came out great, and i had a delightful breakfast this morning.

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    Roxana GreenGirl — July 26, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    i know that impatience feeling, sometime i just need a tap on my shoulder to remind me is not the end of the world if I don't cut that cake right then and there.
    These bars sound great, perfect to munch on.
    Thanks for sharing Cassie

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    Mom on the Run — July 28, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    I was looking for a new breakfast bar recipe. These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    New blog follower…can't wait to see more yummy recipes.

  22. #
    Michelle — July 28, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    I love having a blueberry muffin for breakfast. These seem like a great alternative for me! Definitely going to try these!

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    meeshiesmom — July 29, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    You had me at blueberry and peanut butter. I'm glad you didn't give up these! Can't wait to make them.
    Karen

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    themomdane — January 26, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    THANK YOU! I have been looking for a blueberry oat bar that wasn’t packed with sugar, and it has been SO HARD to find. So glad I found you – can’t wait to make these!

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    Melissa — October 13, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    Yum!!! I didn’t have blueberries, so I used strawberries and a handful of chocolate chips! Sooooo good! I may try some other fruit too! thanks :)

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