Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!
Talk about a girl who appreciated a good blueberry dish. You know who else has two thumbs and likes blueberries?
(And who has two thumbs and was sent packing from the Bachelorette on Monday night and will subsequently appear on Bachelor Pad later this summer? That guy. Jerk.)
With so many fresh berries around, it’s hard not to want to get some baking done. I know, I know—it’s 105 degrees in the shade, kids are frying eggs on sidewalks, the back of your neck is getting dirty and gritty. I KNOW. ME TOO.
But these blueberry bars are worth the heat.
I even made them healthy by using whole wheat flour. Eating these bars is practically a required step towards achieving that bikini body all of the tabloids and women’s magazines have been screaming about for the past four months—and are still screaming about. Newsflash, Self magazine: if I don’t have six pack abs by mid-June, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to happen this summer. I’ll try again next year, thanks. And in the meantime, I’ll eat these blueberry bars. It’s okay. They have whole wheat flour.
Blueberry Oat Bars
1 3/4 cup oats
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. cornstarch
In a small saucepot, combine blueberries, water, and agave nectar. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until liquid has begun to boil. Allow to boil for about 2 minutes, then reduce to a simmer. Add lemon juice and cornstarch (sprinkle so that it doesn’t clump), then whisk for another few minutes until thick. Set aside to cool (about 15 minutes).
In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir well to combine. Add butter and mix until combined. The mix will still be a bit dry and crumbly. If it feels too dry, you can add more butter.
In a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, press 3/4 of the dry mixture into the pan. Top with blueberries, and sprinkle remaining oat mix over the blueberry mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until top is golden brown. Allow to cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before cutting into bars.
Here are some pictures from the process:
These are really tasty as bars, but I think they’d function just as well as a blueberry crumble, served with vanilla ice cream. It makes me want to put on my one-piece suit, just thinking about it.
ps—for more food for thought on the bikini body phenomenon, I really enjoyed this Guardian article. “The bikini was once a symbol of sexual emancipation, but for women in the 21st century its original connotations of personal empowerment have become just another set of rules for self-control.”