Blueberry Breakfast Bars Recipe

Ideal for breakfasts on-the-run.


Blueberry Filling:
3 cup fresh blueberries or 1 (12 oz) package frozen blueberries, unthawed
1⁄4 cup natural cane sugar
3 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp water

Whole-Grain Crust:
1⁄2 cup rolled oats
1 cup rye flakes*
3⁄4 cup sliced raw almonds
1⁄4 cup raw sesame seeds
1 cup whole wheat flour
1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
3⁄4 tsp baking powder
1 large egg, beaten
8 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 1⁄4″ cubes, plus more for greasing the pan
3 – 4 tbsp ice water


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8″ square pan.

Blueberry Filling:
Step 1: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the berries, sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer. Continue stirring until berries just begin to break down and the sauce thickens, 3 – 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Whole-Grain Crust:
Step 1: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse together the rolled oats, rye flakes, almonds and sesame seeds just until they form a chunky, mealy texture, about 30 seconds.

Step 2: Add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking powder and pulse a time or two to combine. Add the egg and butter.

Step 3: Add ice water slowly and pulse until mixture just begins to clump together.

To Assemble & Bake The Bars:
Step 1: Press approximately half of the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

Step 2: Pour the berry filling onto the crust and spread evenly. Scatter the remaining crust mixture across the top as you would for a fruit crisp or crumble—messy and haphazard, but evenly dispersed. Don’t worry about pressing down; it will bake into the bars beautifully.

Step 3: Bake until the top crumble is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.

Step 4: Slice into bars. If wrapped and kept at room temperature, the bars will keep for 3 days.

Make It Your Own:
Try these with your favorite seasonal berries. Blackberries or huckleberries would be lovely, as would cherries.

*If you can’t find rye flakes, feel free to use more rolled oats.

See more recipes from Whole-Grain Mornings.

Reprinted with permission from Whole-Grain Mornings (2013, Ten Speed Press).