I have a new addiction: the Blueberry Oat Bars at Starbucks. I rarely purchase the pastries at Starbucks because, well, they are expensive and who needs all those extra calories but one day last week I was feeling "snacky" and I had never tried these bars before. Big mistake. I am now obsessed with them. I have cut myself off from buying and/or eating them, as of yesterday, because I really don't want to have to buy new pants. And by "new" I mean "bigger."
But in case you're wondering here's why I love these bars so much:
- They have an oat/crumb base and topping. I'm a sucker for oat crumb topping.
- They are made with this blueberry-jammy filling that is super yummy. Not too much of it, just a thin layer to give you the taste of sweet blueberries.
- They are sweet but not sweet enough to give me a sugar headache. I could do with a smidge less sugar but for "fast food" I was impressed.
Since I have revoked permission to buy these bars I decided that I could be excused if I made them myself on occasion. That wouldn't be as bad, right? The games I play in my own brain...
I told the Starbucks-lady (she's the cutest little grandma named Mary who always remembers my drink) that I needed to learn how to make them for myself and she leaned across the register to and whispered, "Try allrecipes.com, honey. They have everything!" So that's what did. Only I didn't find what I was looking for at allrecipes.com, I found it instead at grouprecipes.com and it looks reeeeeeeally close to the original.
I have some ideas of my own so I might sit down with my Grandma Shirley to see if we can come up with our own improvised recipe, but in the meantime this one will be just fine.
The dough is super-simple, just combine the ingredients and press it into your pan. Then for the blueberry mixture you pre-cook it by bringing it to a boil with some cornstarch, sugar and lemon. After pouring your blueberry mixture over the raw crust, then topping with a little reserved crust, it bakes for roughly 20 minutes and after cooling you can cut it into bars and enjoy.
I hope you will try it and see if you love it as much as I do. But be careful. It's addicting. And I don't think they have Blueberry Oat Bar Rehab...yet.
Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!!