Monday, March 14, 2011

Oatmeal & Blueberries!


 Devoured.  That’s what these were last Friday.  We had a treat day for a co-worker’s anniversary and I happened to have lots of fresh blueberries in the fridge.  I didn’t have a ton of extra time to whip something up and these happen to be quick, simple and d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!!!
These happen to be favorites of my future father-in-law and I, well, I don’t even need to bake anything to enjoy this recipe!!  They are gooey and sweet and perfect for any get-together, especially this time of year. 
I’m already looking for new blueberry recipes.  They are super good for you, packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and loads of fiber and antioxidants.  Plus, they are low-calorie and they actually taste good! 

Oatmeal Blueberry Cookie Bars (printable recipe)

ingredients:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or more to taste) – you can use frozen just make sure that they are fully thawed and drained of any excess water! (I say that from experience!)
prep:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl and set aside
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth. 
3. Reduce speed and add the egg, honey and vanilla and whip until all incorporated.
4. Turn the mixer off, add the dry ingredients and slowly turn the mixer back on.  This step is sometimes easier to do by hand.
5. Gently fold in the blueberries.  Transfer dough to a loaf pan or an 8 X 8 glass baking dish and bake for 18 – 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the middle springs back after you touch it.

6. If you are prefer cookies to a cookie bar, place rolled balls of the dough on lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes.  These cookies are so much better a little underdone!  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.  The recipe will make about 3 dozen cookies.
 

5 Responses to “Oatmeal & Blueberries!”

  1. #
    Tiffany — March 14, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    I love it! Devoured :D I totally see why, these cookies look super tasty!

  2. #
    lauren — March 15, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    These look wonderful.

  3. #
    Wilde in the Kitchen — March 15, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I love the thought of an oatmeal/blueberry bar! It just sounds fantastic, like a muffin, but not!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — March 15, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

    this is just lovely:) such a delightful combo!

  5. #
    Cakewhiz — March 16, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    Those blueberries look so fresh! And i really like the simplicity of this recipe :)

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