Soft, moist, and reminiscent of oatmeal cookies, Honey Blueberry Oatmeal Bars are filled with a homemade blueberry honey jam without pectin.
I’ve been trying really, really hard this summer to like blueberries. I never liked them much during childhood, mainly because a few times I’ve eaten them, I’ve gotten sick afterwards. I’ve told myself, oh I can’t eat blueberries because my stomach doesn’t like them. Fast forward to a few years ago when my first landlord baked a triple berry pie with blueberries and invited me upstairs to chat. Not wanting to decline the invitation, we sat on her porch and ate a slice. I learned blueberries were still not my favorite, but on the plus side I didn’t get sick. Fast forward to this summer, I decided to give blueberries another whirl. Mainly because blueberries are vibrant for photos but also I have so many strawberry, cherry, and raspberries recipes, I was starting to get bored; I needed to change it up.
Last month I posted recipes for no bake blueberry cream cheese pie and blueberry cream sodas, but these Honey Blueberry Oatmeal Bars were by far my favorite way to eat blueberries, mainly because of three simple words – blueberry honey jam. They are reminiscent of oatmeal raisin cookies – soft and spiced with the right amount of sweetness from the honey and blueberry jam. Thanks to the honey, they stay moist for a few days after baking, so you don’t have to stress about how something will taste if you can’t serve it right away. And now I can move blueberries over to my “no longer hate” list.
Making homemade blueberry jam is easy. All you need are blueberries, honey, lemon juice, and about 15-20 minutes of cooking time on the stove. You don’t need to worry about pectin because the jam will cook down and thicken on its own or about canning jars because you’ll be using the jam as soon as it cools.
I used one special ingredient in these bars – honey! With more than 300 varietals available in the U.S., honey adds its own unique flavor. Because honey is slightly sweeter than sugar, I was able to cut back on how much sweetener I used in both the blueberry jam and dough. Honey also provides and retains moisture, so it’s almost a guarantee these oatmeal bars will stay soft and moist, even after a few days. I took them to share at a coworking space two days after baking them, and they were pretty much gone by lunchtime. For more information and more tips on incorporating honey into your meals, visit the National Honey Board’s website.
With fall coming up quickly, soon it’ll be back to school season. Growing up, I usually had a snack cake of some sort in my lunch. Whether you’re packing your child’s lunchbox, going back to school yourself, or want to sneak an extra treat into work, these oatmeal bars can be wrapped up and tucked away as a snack to enjoy later.
Blueberry Honey Jam