Modeled after an old favorite at a local coffee shop, these Vegan Blueberry Oat Bars are packed with blueberries, oats, dates and a hint of brown sugar for a healthy sweet snack.
Years ago, enjoying life in Tucson, Arizona, we frequented Epic Cafe with the sole purpose of consuming vegan fruit bars (a visit highly recommend if you’re in town). Ten years later, we’re still thinking about them and Tucson. The desert always calls you back.
We’ve tried a few recipes that we thought might work over the years. They didn’t. Disappointment set in.
Every new year we get the urge to try again. This time we have a winning recipe!
Behold the Vegan Blueberry Oat Bar.
Made with only healthy ingredients, these blueberry oat bars can be enjoyed as breakfast bars too. Of course no one is stopping you from transforming this into a vegan dessert; I suggest a healthy blueberry crumble with a side of nice cream.
When making these bars it’s important to note that they must be pressed very firmly into the baking pan. Without eggs to bind the oats, we are relying on ground flax seeds, almond butter and syrup to hold these together. These oat bars are a lighter and delicate texture.
Modeled after a old favorite at our local coffee shop, these Vegan Blueberry Oat Bars are packed with blueberries, oats and a hint of brown sugar for a healthy sweet snack.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour grind up oats to make flour if you don't have it on hand
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- 4 dates pitted and chopped into tiny pieces
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup almonds, finely chopped
Line an 8" x 8" square metal pan parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients, nuts and dates included.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
Add wet to dry and stir well until throughly combined.
Fold in the blueberries and spoon the mixture your baking pan.
With wet hands (to prevent sticking), press mixture evenly into the pan. Pressing firmly to create a nice tight bar texture.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before cutting.
Best eaten immediately. Otherwise cut into bars, refrigerate or freeze.
tip: pop them back in the oven for a few minutes to crisp them up again the next day.
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