Looking for a delicious vegan treat that combines the sweet tang of blueberries with the comforting essence of apples? Look no further than these mouthwatering Vegan Blueberry Apple Oatmeal Bars. Packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with natural fruit flavors, these bars are a delightful balance of textures and tastes.
Blueberry crumble bars
Do you really need a reason to bake something delicious for yourself and your family? I don’t think so! These blueberry and apple crumble bars are very easy to whip up and the recipe is also vegan - a double win.
These Vegan Blueberry Apple Oat Bars are a heavenly combination of juicy blueberries, tart apples, and wholesome oats, all packed into a delightful treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Don't miss out on the chance to bake these mouthwatering bars and experience pure vegan deliciousness!
Imagine sinking your teeth into a crumbly crust that melts in your mouth, thanks to the perfect blend of all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar, quick oats, and luscious coconut oil. As you take a bite, the burst of flavors from the vibrant blueberries and freshly grated apple will transport you to fruity heaven. The touch of sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness, ensuring every mouthful is a blissful delight.
Not only are these bars a treat for your taste buds, but they are also a breeze to make. With simple instructions and easily accessible ingredients, you'll be able to whip up a batch in no time. Just imagine the anticipation as the aroma of blueberries, apples, and oats fills your kitchen, creating an atmosphere of warmth and comfort.
Whether you're looking for a delectable dessert, a quick and satisfying snack, or even a guilt-free breakfast option, these Vegan Blueberry Apple Oat Bars have got you covered. They are a delightful combination of flavors and textures that will impress everyone who takes a bite. Plus, they are completely vegan, making them a fantastic choice for those with dietary preferences or restrictions.
How to make blueberry squares
You make a dough and flatten it in a pan, pour some apple and blueberry filling on it, and add the crumbs, which are just part of the dough you set to the side, that’s it! I told you it’s super easy!
The blueberries I used are fresh because I had some and wanted to use them before they go bad. Frozen blueberries will work in this recipe as well. You can also change the blueberries to a different berry if you want. The apples I used are green granny smith apples, but any type will work. The apple is peeled and grated so the skin doesn’t matter much. As I mentioned this recipe is vegan, so instead of butter in the dough, I used coconut oil. It works as butter because it becomes solid when cooling in the fridge and melts when heating. I like to use purified coconut oil because it is bland and has no coconut flavor at all. Another ingredient in the dough is quick oats, it adds more texture and flavor along with the almond flour.
These blueberry crumb squares are amazing right out of the oven, but even the next day – you can choose what you like better.
However, note that cutting them into squares when they are still warm will make them fall apart a bit.
I can have these squares during all hours of the day but they are great as a dessert, as a sweet breakfast bite, or with your afternoon tea/coffee.
I baked the bars in an 18x20 cm / 7x8 inch square pan I got a few years ago from Ikea, any small square pan will work. If you want a bigger batch of squares, you can double the ingredients.
Helpful tips to ensure your Vegan Blueberry Apple Oat Bars turn out absolutely delicious
Use ripe blueberries and apples
Choose fresh, ripe blueberries and apples for the best flavor. Ripe fruits will be sweeter and more flavorful, enhancing the taste of the bars.
Adjust sweetness to your preference
The recipe includes a suggested amount of sugar, but feel free to adjust it based on your desired level of sweetness. If your fruits are particularly sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar or even omit it altogether.
Keep the coconut oil solid
Make sure your coconut oil is in solid form before incorporating it into the crust. This helps create the desired crumbly texture. If your coconut oil is melted, refrigerate it until it solidifies before using.
Use parchment paper or grease the pan
Line your baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it to prevent the bars from sticking. This will make it easier to remove them from the pan once they're baked.
Press the crust firmly
When creating the crust, press it firmly into the pan to ensure it holds together well. This will prevent it from crumbling too much when slicing the bars later on.
Allow the bars to cool completely
After baking, let the bars cool at room temperature before cutting them into squares. This helps them set properly and allows the flavors to develop fully.
To keep your bars fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. You can also refrigerate them for longer shelf life.
Serve with a scoop of vegan ice cream or a drizzle of maple syrup
For an extra special touch, serve your bars with a scoop of vegan ice cream or a drizzle of maple syrup. It adds a delightful sweetness and elevates the dessert experience.
Yes, you can use frozen blueberries in this recipe. Keep in mind that frozen blueberries may release more moisture during baking, which can affect the texture of the bars slightly. Thaw the blueberries and drain any excess liquid before using them in the filling.
Absolutely! If you prefer a gluten-free version, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend of your choice. Just ensure that the blend is suitable for baking and use it in the same quantity as mentioned in the recipe.
Yes, if you're not a fan of coconut oil or don't have it on hand, you can substitute it with another solid plant-based fat, such as vegan butter or margarine. The texture of the crust may vary slightly, but it will still be delicious.
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative and add your favorite toppings to the bars. Chopped nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, can be sprinkled on top before baking for added crunch and flavor. You can also experiment with other toppings like shredded coconut or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Yes, you can freeze the bars for later enjoyment. Once baked and cooled, cut them into squares and place them in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them at room temperature before serving.
Absolutely! While blueberries lend a delicious flavor and color to these bars, you can experiment with other fruits as well. Raspberries, blackberries, or diced peaches can be great alternatives. Adjust the sweetness accordingly based on the fruit you choose. Remember, don't be afraid to get creative and tailor the recipe to your preferences.
Other recipes with berries you should try:
Bake these blueberry bars today!
Grab your apron, preheat your oven, and let the magic unfold as you bake these irresistible bars. Share them with your loved ones or keep them all to yourself - either way, you're in for a truly scrumptious treat. Get ready to experience the joy of vegan baking with these Vegan Blueberry Apple Oat Bars that will leave you craving another batch. Don't miss out on the opportunity to create something truly special in your kitchen. Happy baking and even happier indulging!
Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup quick oats
- ¾ cup coconut oil (solid)
For the filling:
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 granny smith apple peeled cored and grated
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- Heat the oven to 170°C / 350°F with the fan.
- In a bowl, place all dough ingredients and mix with a fork to a crumby mixture.
- Take ¾ of the crumbles batter and flatten on a small square pan.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the filling ingredients.
- Pour the filling on the flattened dough in the pan.
- Sprinkle the ¼ crumbles batter that you kept, evenly on the filling.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Cut to bars.