Sunday, February 15, 2009

Blueberry Oat Bars

These originated at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. I found an adjusted (non-vegan) version, and combined the two.

These were pretty good, and a nice alternative to nutri-grain type bars. They could use a tiny bit more sugar. But then they wouldn't be quite as healthy.
Blueberry oat bars
2 c. frozen or fresh blueberries: 2.99
1/4 c. maple syrup: 1.00
1/4 c. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla: 0.08
2 T. cornstarch, mixed with cold water

1.5 c. rolled oats: 0.28
1.5 c. rolled oats, ground in blender: 0.28
1.5 tsp baking powder: 0.05
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon: 0.05
1/4 tsp ginger: 0.05
1/8 tsp nutmeg: 0.02

1/4 c. plain yogurt: 0.35
1/2 c. applesauce: 0.40
6 T. milk: 0.05
1 tsp vanilla: 0.16
3 T. maple syrup: 0.75
2 T. turbinado sugar: 0.10

Total: $6.59 for 12 bars, but I probably should have cut them into 16 (they were a little big): 0.41 per bar.

Next time I would add a bit more sugar, and probably use regular sugar instead of maple syrup. The maple syrup is to make the bars vegan, and I don't think the maple flavor adds much.

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9x9 pan.

Combine blueberries in small pot with water and sweetener. Boil, reduce heat, simmer for 10 min. Add cornstarch mixed with water, allow to thicken, remove from heat, stir in vanilla.

Combine rolled oats, ground oats, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Stir in applesauce, yogurt, sweetener, milk, and vanilla.

Spread half the batter in the bottom of the pan. Top with fruit mixture. Spread the rest of the batter on top of fruit. Sprinkle the crust with sugar. Bake 30 mins. Let stand 10 min before slicing.

1 comment:

Notes From The Frugal Trenches said...

Oh they look soooooooooooo yummy! I may have to make these!