Blueberry Lemon Oat Bars

Too Many Lemons

Blueberry Lemon Oat Bars

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Just because a protein or granola bar is labeled “healthy”, “natural”, and “organic”, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.  Even if it is in the refrigerated section and “fresh”, it’s still pre-packaged and manufactured outside your home.  A much healthier snack option would be to make your own bars.  These blueberry lemon oat bars are so very tasty, low in sugar, high in nutrients and fiber, and easy to make.  With this recipe, you may never want to buy snack bars in a store again!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (I use Trader Joe’s gluten free oats)
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • lemons zest from 2 lemons
  • 6 Tbsps coconut oil melted
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (juice from about ½ lemon)

Directions:

Heat oven to 375º F. Line an 8x8in. baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine oats, coconut flour, coconut sugar, salt, and lemon zest.

Pour in melted coconut oil (room temperature) and stir until clumps form and dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Stir in lemon zest.

Set aside ½ cup of the crumble mixture.

Press the rest of the crumble mixture into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Scatter half of the blueberries over the crust. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the lemon juice. Scatter on the remaining blueberries. Sprinkle the ½ cup of reserved crumbs evenly over the top. You will have some fruit showing through.

Bake the bars for 30-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping is a golden color.

Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely before lifting the bars from the pan.

Slice and serve.

I keep bars in the refrigerator. They’ll store well chilled for about a week.

Happy snacking!

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