If you happen to find some good blueberries but don’t feel like making a blueberry pie, try these Blueberry Crumb Bars. They’re outstanding! The original 13×9 inch recipe is on Epicurious, but I cut the recipe in half and made it in an 8 inch pan.
Blueberry Crumb Bars
1 cup flour (135 grams)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (about 7 1/2 ounces) or 6 oz unthawed frozen berries
1/2 cup blueberry preserves (5 oz )
1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line an 8 inch metal pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray.
Pulse the flour, oats, sugar, salt, and cinnamon together in food processor bowl. Add butter and pulse until you get a coarse meal. Transfer 1 cup to a medium bowl and mix in the almonds. This will be the topping.
Press remaining crumb mixture evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust until golden and just firm to touch, about 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
Mix all ingredients in medium bowl. Spread evenly over crust in pan, then sprinkle reserved topping over. Bake bars until filling bubbles thickly at edges and topping is golden brown, about 35 minutes; cool in pan on rack. Cut lengthwise into 3 strips, then cut each strip into 4 pieces, forming 12 bars.
Hi Sue! Thanks for leaving the review on the old post. I’m in the process of updating a lot of older recipes, so I too am making old ones. I’m glad you got to his one first.
I know this is an old post but I made these today and they were really good! Everyone liked them a lot and I would definitely make them again.
Leyla, thanks for the kind comment :).
Sarah, glad you liked the bars. BA had some other interesting ones as well. I think there was a lime cheesecake bar in that issue.
Natanya, don’t you love these low berry prices we’re having? Costco has large containers of raspberries for $2.99.
I just bought a big batch of blueberries on sale at HEB. I think I may very well make these bars with them. They look fantastic.
I made these this morning for Father’s Day lunch and they’re just delicious! Thanks for another great recipe 🙂
This blog will be my favourite…i love baking & cookies..you seem to have a lot of lovely recipes..i will come back
Judy, definitely! The original is made in a 13×9 inch pan and is double this. Cook times are slightly different. Here’s the original.
Is this a recipe that I could double and bake up in a 13×9 pan? I do love blueberries and would also think of doing cherries seeing that cherry season for us in the finger lakes is coming up soon. Thanks
I love blueberries and those bars look terrific!
Someone was asking about shipping cookies a couple of days ago. In my Christmas mailings, I include ones very similar to the apricot-orange shortbreads noted above and I’m told they arrive in excellent condition.
Two of our grocery chains have fresh blueberries on sale this week—buy one get one free. Wish I could send you some.
Bought six and got six. Put ten in the freezer. Best investment I ever made. Lots of sale stuff in the freezer.
I sent Rae an email with the recipe I think she’s looking for. I don’t think it was the apricot orange bars, but maybe another one that is unpublished at the moment.
Rai, these must not be the ones your’re looking for, but they are really excellent bars so you might give them a try.
anna, thanks for the link i will have to give that one a try. but i must tell you i made the recipe i am asking about on the whim to take to work and share with coworkers and i have gotten tons of positive feedback. everyone raved, even people who said they don’t like apricots. today a friend ask me about the apricot bars as she remembered them from last year, that is what inspired me to look for it.
I love blueberries too (but I’ll eat them in any form). I suggest you try making a blueberry focaccia — it’s delicious!
I love how you used both fresh blueberries and preserve. I’m totally in LOVE with blueberries and there are plenty on sale now that’s summer (well almost!). Thanks for the recipe!
Maybe Fuzz will eat these as the jelly is just used to become the pie goo. Blueberries are supposed to be ready in about two weeks at our local pick-your-own berry farm. I think I’ll have to make this.
There was something strange with that apricot bar recipe and I didn’t write enough notes on it to remember exactly what was weird about it. Until I test it again, I can’t vouch for it. I’d given it a favorable review and so had someone else, but in looking at it later, it appeared to have a lot of sugar So until I re-test it, I can’t recommend it.
I’ll re-test it next time I have apricots.
Until then, here’s one that looks really good.
i had a comment not about these bars but a question about another recipe for fruit bars that i believe you removed. it was apricot fruit bars, the dried apricots were cut up and cooked then layered between a cookie like batter. is there anyway i could get the recipe again?
Our HEB has had some great blueberries lately too! I prefer blueberries uncooked, but this is one of those recipes I could make an exception for. The oat base for this looks enticing!
Louise, there was plenty of base. Something must have been off with the way that person measured or with their pan size.
Fuzz doesn’t like jelly, Todd’s not so keen on oats. Todd might eat one of these, but I don’t know.
oh they look delicious!
How did the dividing the crumbs for the base & topping work out? One of the Epicurious reviewers thought it shorted the base. The photo of your base looks fine. And why will you be the only one eating these? Don’t tell me Fuzz and Todd have an aversion to blueberries.
It’s a little early for good fresh blueberries in my neck of the woods, but I’ll keep these in mind. They look wonderful!
This recipe looked gorgeous in the new BA and here and I am simply mad about blueberries…we have had just amazing California blueberries at WF for the past almost three weeks now which is generally way too early for good ones. I have been eating about two pints a day!
Those do look good. I’ve been loving the blueberries lately, too. Yesterday my son, without asking ate a good pints worth of them! Oh well, good for him. I like them on my oatmeal and yogurt!