Blueberry Bar

The Best Blueberry Oat Streusel Bars

The best blueberry oat streusel bar recipe belongs in the make it simple, make it better recipe
category. What makes it a better recipe is that it’s made with whole-grain flour rather than white flour and half of the oil has been replaced with applesauce.
By making these slight adjustments, it is a healthier recipe, and by using rolled oats we added more fiber.

Baking as Therapy:

Some time ago I found a Huffington Post article that explains the benefits of baking for other people.
Baking can be therapy. Any activity which takes your attention – especially if it’s simple and repetitive – can have a meditative quality.
Over the years, I’ve learned that food helps to build trust and opens a way for communication. During these Covid 19 times and the impact, isolation has had on all of us, I think you agree, we can all use a sense of well-being. So baking with your family and getting everyone engaged is a better way to spend a day.
A study, published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, suggests that people who frequently take a turn at small, creative projects like cooking or baking report feeling more relaxed and happier in their everyday lives.

Blueberry and Oat Streusel Bars

Blueberries Facts:

Blueberries are often labeled as a superfood; they are low in calories and incredibly good for you.
To find information and the benefits of blueberries follow this link:  10 proven benefits of Blueberries.
Blueberries are among the most nutrient-dense berries. A one-cup (148-gram) serving of blueberries contains:

Fiber: 4 grams
Vitamin C: 24% of the RDI
Vitamin K: 36% of the RDI
Manganese: 25% of the RDI

They are also about 85% water, and an entire cup contains only 84 calories, with 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Calorie for calorie, this makes them an excellent source of several important nutrients.
One cup of blueberries delivers 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the
recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Recommended Dietary Intake of Nutrients:

Blueberries make a great contribution to meet the Recommended Daily Intake of nutrients.
A Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI), sometimes referred to as recommended daily intake, is the average
daily intake level of a particular nutrient that is likely to meet the nutrient requirements of 97-98% of healthy individuals in a particular life stage or gender group.

Blueberry and Oat Streusel Bars

Fresh Berries vs Frozen Berries:

There are definitely applications for both fresh and frozen blueberries.
The North American blueberry season and harvest run from April to late September.
Then, imports from South America fill the grocery store shelves from October to March.
You may be surprised, research shows that frozen blueberries might have the edge over fresh berries when it comes to health. They are picked at the peak of the season and are flash-frozen. Frozen blueberries contain the same nutrients as fresh blueberries.

Blueberry and Oat Streusel Bars

The Berry Filling:

Depending on the season, you might have a ton of fresh fruit on hand and want to use them for a filling or topping. Either fresh or frozen blueberries work with this recipe. In this recipe, frozen Michigan blueberries make the perfect spread for blueberry oat streusel bars. I’m a big fan of fresh berries, picked, and served in the season. However out of season, frozen berries save you money and as a bonus, they keep well in the freezer, up to 10 months.

The Oat Crust & Oat Streusel:

The crust and streusel are made from the same recipe, so it’s very convenient. I love streusel, full of buttery flavor and sweetness from the brown sugar. This oat-crust streusel topping can be used as well to top pies, muffins, cakes, and breads. There are a few basic steps to create a streusel topping.
Small pieces of cold butter are blended into an oatmeal, flour, sugar mix, and blended for about 5 minutes at medium speed. The mixture should be crumbly and not cohesive.

Oats 101: 

Oats are really amazing in the nourishment and health benefits they deliver. They are high in fiber, low in fat, and offer high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Oats are among the world’s healthiest grains and a good source of many vitamins, minerals, and unique plant compounds.
I recommend using rolled oats for the blueberry oat streusel bars. Rolled oats are thicker than quick-cooking oats. Plus rolled oats tend to be chewier in texture. It’s often preferred to bake with them as they produce a fluffier, heartier product.
I tested my blueberry oat streusel bars with both quick oats and rolled oats. I realized quickly that baking with the quick oats resulted in a very disappointing bar; they tend to become mushy and almost seem to disappear in the final product. Stick with the rolled oats for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 ounce
Servings Per Container 40

Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 85.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.5 g 15%
Saturated Fat 4 g 20%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg 5%
Sodium 4 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g 10%
Sugars 14 g
Protein 2.5 g 5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

How to Read Food Labels:

We all look at food labels for different reasons. But whatever the reason, many of us would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily.
I have attached a great link, how to read nutrition labels from the American Heart Association that will help you make healthier choices to reduce your risk of heart disease, manage an existing disease, or care for a loved one.

 

Blueberry and Oat Streusel Bars

The Best Blueberry Oat Streusel Bar

The Taste

Be warned they are addictive.
The brown sugar adds sweetness and flavor due to the Molasses that is in the sugar.
A moist streusel oat bar with just plain good berry flavor.

The Process

It’s as simple as it gets.
Easy to bake

The Verdict 

One of my favorite recipes to bake.
An awesome dessert or a late afternoon snack.
The perfect snack for the kid’s backpack.

 

 

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