Not to toot my own horn, but every time I think I can't make a better oat bar recipe, I DO. (Toot toot).
Like most of my recipes, these Blueberry Chia Oatmeal Bars came to be when I didn't have all the necessary ingredients to make the thing I actually wanted to make....
In this case, I was trying to make some carby pre- and post-workout oatmeal bars but didn't have any dried fruit on hand to make filling (like in these Oatmeal Apricot and Oatmeal Fig bars).
What I DID have was frozen blueberries and chia seeds. And did you guys know you can make jam from that?! Check out our Blueberry Chia Jam recipe. It's soooooooo easy. Not so easy, or even soooo easy, but 8-o's-worth-of-so easy.
Making jam is step 1 to this recipe. But, you can easily do it in the background while you mix the oat bar ingredients... OR you can just use whatever jam you already have.
These oat bars are becoming a weekly occurrence. It's like eating cookies before or after a workout. Yay! Who wouldn't love that?
ALSO, if you like PIE, then you'll like these bars. Especially if you heat them up. Zomg. PIE.
Note: If you're a little bit clumsy (like me) you'll probably dye your fingers blue.
Blueberry Chia Oatmeal Bars
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 1/4 cup oats (rolled or quick)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp Turbinado or brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vanilla
4-6 tbsp water
Preheat oven to 375F.
Add blueberries to a small saucepan and heat on medium heat.
When the blueberries begin to release their juices, lightly (or thoroughly - your preference) mash the blueberries with a fork or potato masher.
Turn heat down to low, stir in chia seeds and let simmer, stirring occasionally until jam thickens, about 7 minutes. (You can start to make the oat bars while this happens).
Remove from heat and set aside.
In a food processor or good blender, add oats, baking soda, salt, sugar and cinnamon, and process until oats become flour-like.
Add in olive oil, vanilla, and 4 tbsp water, and pulse until the mixture clumps and forms a dough. If it still looks dry or crumbly or does not hold shape, add more water 1 tbsp at a time and pulse until clumping occurs.
Remove dough from food processor and split in half. Roll each half into a ball.
Place one of the balls on a large piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top; flatten and roll out using a rolling pin until it's roughly a 9x9 square (I use the term "square" loosely - don't worry). Place parchment paper with the rolled out dough on a baking sheet.
Spoon out the blueberry chia jam onto the now rolled out dough and spread evenly.
Using the same method as before (between 2 pieces of parchment paper), roll out the second dough ball. Layer on top carefully and press down gently.
Bake on the center-rack for 10-15 minutes, or until oats turn slightly golden. Cut into 20 bars when cool and enjoy!
Nutritional Information (1 bar): 63 calories, 3g fat, 8g carbs, 2g protein