Blueberry Cereal Bar Recipe

Recently, Hubby was diagnosed with some food allergies, including peanuts and sesame. It meant that his favorite fruit filled cereal bars are not on the list of things he can’t have. The search for a recipe for fruit cereal bars began, and turned up mostly results that were not at all what we wanted. What you see up there is our first try, but one that was well received by everyone who tried them except for Hubby. The search will continue, but in the mean time, I’m certain that many of you have summer berries you’d love to use.

Blueberry Cereal Bars

Blueberry Filling (I imagine that you can use blueberry jam here, about 1 1/2 cups ahouls work just fine)

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (Frozen should work too; I just haven’t tried them.)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 t butter

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, and slowly bring to a boil. Allow to cook and reduce, stirring frequently, until thickened considerably; reduce by about 50% by volume. Cool before using.

  • 1/2 cup butter or butter and oil combined (use at least half butter)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce (unsweetened works just fine)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups finely ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 t baking soda

Cream together butter (and oil, if using), apple sauce, brown sugar, and honey. Add the oats and mix for a while, until they just start to break down a bit; then add the flour and soda. Press slightly more than half into the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan, spread the blueberry filling on top and then top with the remaining crust by pinch it into small bits and dropping evenly over the top. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Cool significantly before slicing into bars.

I do think we will try this again soon, but with the following adaptations: strawberries instead of blueberries and using a larger pan to provide for a thinner crust. I think we might even try rolling to top crust and cutting it into strips to provide for a finished product that looks more like the original. We’ll see how these go over, but I’m guessing I’ll have to go back to the drawing board completely on the crust at some point. Hubby just wasn’t fond of any of it, and he is the one to please here. Hopefully you guys will like these as they are as much as the rest of our friends did.

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