Blueberry bars are a perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack to add to your weekly rotation. This recipe is made with natural sweeteners like dates and honey and are prepared in a food processor for minimal mess. Treat yourself to a yummy and healthy snack to munch on throughout the week by batching these over the weekend!
Nuts, oats, and honey are a classic combination. In fact, many of the bars you pick up in the store carry these ingredients. This blueberry bar recipe is special because it’s made from ingredients you probably have on hand, without preservatives and artificial sweeteners.
Blueberries are known for their antioxidant properties and these bars are a great way to boost your fruit intake in a creative way. We use fresh blueberries in our recipe but you can substitute frozen blueberries if fresh berries are not readily available to you.
Make-ahead snacks like these blueberry bars are a great way to set yourself up for success throughout the week and limit less healthy forms of snacking. We hope you enjoy and share with a friend!
Blueberry Bars Recipe
- 1 cup blueberries
- ⅓ cup pecans
- 1 ¾ cup oats
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup dates
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Line a 6 x 6 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add pecans to the food processor until fine. Remove them to a bowl for later.
- Add 1 cup of oats to the food processor until a flour-like consistency.
- Add almond flour and salt and pulse to mix.
- Add dates until roughly chopped.
- Add coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and egg. Pulse until mixture starts to come together.
- Add the remaining ¾ cup of oats and pulse to mix.
- Add the blueberries and pulse. The mixture will be purple in areas but should still have some whole berries remaining.
- Pour the mixture into the pan and press down to spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the chopped nuts and press lightly into the mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until starting to brown around the edges.
- Let cool completely before cutting into rectangles or squares.
Blueberry Bars FAQs
How do you intensify blueberry flavor?
If you want to highlight the sweetness of blueberries, other sweet ingredients like dates and honey pair well.
What spice is best for blueberries?
Although technically not a spice, lemon zest pairs beautifully with blueberries. Cinnamon and ginger also blend nicely with the brightness of blueberries.
Can you freeze fresh blueberries for later use?
Absolutely! Be sure to wash them before freezing and store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.