Lemon & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

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It appears that I’m going through a lemon phase. Lemon Cream Pie, Lemon & Lime CurdLemon & Lime Curd Ice-Cream, & now these Lemon & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars. What can I say, I’m a big fan of lemon! When I had so much time on my hands yesterday it was only natural that I decided to make something lemony. What better ingredient could I have used to celebrate the end of my second year in college & the beginning of my summer? 

Nothing. Lemon is the perfect ingredient for all occasions, simple as that. As I washed the bowl I used to mix everything around, the smell of lemon baked goods floating around my kitchen was just beautiful. It actually made me happy. Waiting those 30 minutes for the oven timer to beep was like torture. One of the main things that I’ve noticed since I started making more food & baking more is that I have absolutely no patience. You see, when I get hungry I get cranky & so I usually try to speed things up. It’s bad. Yep, I’m that annoying person you only want to be with at certain times. 

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Usually though, most people struggle on through my crankiness because at the end they get treated with food. Usually the baked goods kind, the tasty kind, the kind that’s bad for you, but everyone loves it more than the healthy kind. My best friend happened to arrive over just as I was taking these little godsends out of the oven. She witnessed the battle I go through everytime I have to wait for things to cool before they can be cut. 

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It’s okay though, she got rewarded an hour later with the first square cut out of the tin. Which is more than I can say for the rest of my family. Fellow food bloggers will understand, but you see, I didn’t have time to take any photographs for the blog, so I hid the rest of the bars away so I could take the photos today. Was that mean of me? Probably. Oh well, it’s just something they’ve learned to put up with lately. They got them this morning when I was finished with them. I was really just saving them – they could have burned their tongue on the deliciously warm & crumbly base, or a blueberry could have exploded in their mouth & really shocked them. I just had their best interests at heart. 

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Whether you bake these Lemon & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars to celebrate the start of summer or just to treat yourself, they’re definitely worth it. The base is perfectly crumbly with a little touch of lemon juice & the blueberry yogurt filling is so unbelievably light that you’ll have to restrain yourself. Also, I know you’re all going to love how quick it is to throw these together, I even just used one bowl! Also, I used dried blueberries because we had some, but you can use fresh if you don’t have dried. The best bit? They taste just like summer. Enjoy!

Makes 16 bars (Adapted from Noble Pig)

Ingredients 

For the crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • butter for greasing

For the filling: 

  • 1 1/3 cups of dried blueberries
  • ¾ cup of plain yogurt
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 egg white

Method 

  1. Preheat oven to 155°C & grease an 11" x 11" baking pan with the extra butter. 
  2. To make the crust, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda & cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the melted butter & lemon juice to the flour mix & stir until irresistibly crumbly & moist. 
  3. Reserve just over a ½ cup of the mixture & press the rest into the baking pan, being sure to completely clear out the bowl & compact it into the pan. 
  4. To make the filling, combine the all of the filling ingredients in the same bowl that you made the crust in, mixing well. Empty the filling into the baking pan on top of the crust & spread evenly. 
  5. Sprinkle the reserved oats over the filling & bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. 


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