Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer is whizzing by. Is it for you, too?

I've barely had time to craft or bake, let alone blog.

But today my friends, I did both!! I gave myself some 'me' time and boy, did it ever feel good.

Here's what I made:

Almost Starbucks Blueberry Oatmeal Bars.

Each bite was accompanied by a small, but audible- mmmmmm. Seriously. Would I lie to you? Absolutely not.

And now I have a whole 11x7 dish of these bars. Sweet.glorious.pleasure.

* 1 3/4 cup Quaker Oats, uncooked (quick or old-fashioned)
* 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
* 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans. of course =)
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup butter; melted
* 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 3 tablespoons water
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. Grease 11x7-inch baking pan
3. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, nuts, baking soda and salt
4. Add butter, mixing until crumbly.
5. Reserve 3/4 cup mixture; press remaining mixture onto bottom of prepared dish.
6. Bake 10 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, combine blueberries, granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepan.
8. Bring to a boil, simmer 2 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon water, cornstarch, and lemon juice; mix well. Gradually stir into blueberry mixture; cook and stir about 30 seconds or until thickened.
9. Spread over partially baked base to within 1/4 inch of edge; sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Press topping down into blueberries slightly.
10. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
11. Cool on wire rack; cut into bars. Store tightly covered.

I'm staring at an empty plate void of a mere crumb. I'm hoping that I can show some restraint tomorrow. =)


  1. mmmmmmmmmmm. I bookmarked this so I can make it this weekend. Looks positively healthy. I mean yummy. :)

    btw, yes, some chicken 'fell' as well as her other fav - green peppers. go figure.

  2. Oh yum yum blueberries a Michigan tradition. When we moved away I had no idea how expensive they can be in other parts of the country. Might even go pick some this year, my neighbor is trying to convince me this would be fun with a toddler.

  3. Oat, brown sugar, blueberries!

    Oh super YUM!

  4. Looks so good and easy too. I hope you get another helping today.

  5. Summer is flying by so fast for us. It is hard to believe that school supplies are all over the stores now.

    Those oatmeal bars look so yummy and your plate is just adorable! At the end of all my recipes that I give to people I always put the last step as Enjoy so those plates would be just perfect for me.

  6. Wow those look good!

    Yes--summer is flying. It statred slow, but now it's in overdrive!

  7. Yum! I will be trying these!!!

  8. that looks SOOOOOOOOO yummy!

    And I too can't believe how fast the summer is going!

  9. When I come back 5 pounds heavier next week I'm totally blaming you!