Lemon blueberry bars…a hint of lemon combined with the delicious taste of blueberries over a yummy oatmeal crust. Perfect for your sweet tooth craving!
I have been doing a lot of baking lately…I’ve had some successes, some fails.
That’s the life of a food blogger…just like anyone else, we often have behind the scene fails.
I mentioned the other day that my kids sometimes ask why I can’t just make the things they like, instead of trying something new. But I like experimenting. I feel like it would be so boring if we just ate the same things over and over again. So I try to compromise and make a few things I know my family likes each week and limit my experimentation to just one or two recipes.
I don’t usually do a ton of baking, because baking is more of an exact science than cooking is. You can’t just throw in a little of this, and a little of that when you’re baking. And that’s how I cook. I like to play with spices and combinations, and often decide a recipe needs something else in the middle of cooking it.
However, the other day I was having a sweet tooth craving. I was in the mood to bake, and I had lemon and blueberries on my mind. I decided to make bar cookies. My baking inspiration came from a recipe I tried a few months back, Cherry Oatmeal Almond Bars from Bunny’s Warm Oven. I’d definitely recommend trying these out as well…they were really delicious!
Lemon Blueberry Bars
My lemon blueberry bars were a huge hit with my family. I cut about three quarters of them into regular size bars and the rest into bite size pieces to put into the freezer for school lunches for the kids. All of the bars (minus the ones I hid in the freezer…shhh…don’t tell them they are in there) disappeared within a day. If they knew about the ones in the freezer, they’d definitely be gone too. They’ve already asked me when I am making my lemon blueberry bars again. MAJOR SCORE!
I used Bunny’s tip of putting the tinfoil down first and baking on top of that. I did it last time I made her bar recipe; it works like a charm. Next time I am going to try it with parchment paper as I have done that many times when I wanted to avoid scrubbing the bottom a baking dish.
Are you ready to try them?
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- 2 cups of light brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups of oats
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 13 x 9 glass baking pan with foil, with extra over the edges. When your bars are done, you can simply lift them out of the baking dish.
- Grease your foil with butter.
- Using a stand mixer, beat the butter until smooth.
- Add the brown sugar and baking powder and continue to beat until combined.
- Then add vanilla and egg to mixture, continue to combine.
- Add flour to mixture slowly and continue beating until well mixed.
- Remove bowl from stand mixer, fold in oats, and mix in by spoon.
- Set aside about ½ cup of the dough, and press the rest of it into the bottom of your pan on top of the foil.
- Spread almonds and lemon zest across the top of the dough, then add the blueberries.
- Sprinkle pieces of reserved dough across the entire top.
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick cleanly,
- Remove from oven, allow to cool.
- Once cool, remove from pan, and cut into bars or squares.