It’s berry season and you know I’ve been running my cart all over Whole Foods picking up delicious pints of every single berry you can think of. This time of year I’m down to put berries in literally anything. They’re perfect for smoothies, fresh salads, topping yogurt bowls, and of course, making incredible desserts like these blueberry pie bars.
I first made these gluten free blueberry pie bars back in 2019 after the organic blueberries went on sale at the grocery store. Of course, I picked up pints on pints of these delicious berries, and my brain was buzzing about what I should do. Blueberry pie? Too complicated. Blueberry salad? Sound delicious. Blueberry crumble? Maybeeee.
Finally, the winning idea hit: healthier blueberry bars with an oatmeal crumble! Sounds dreamy, right? Just you wait.
These amazing blueberry bars aren’t overly sweet or filling, which makes them perfect for a quick grab and go add to your breakfast or even a snack. The oatmeal crumble is crunchy and full of delicious toasted oatmeal flavor.
Personally, I think they taste like a Nutri-grain bar, which I loved to eat for breakfast growing up.
Ingredients in these easy blueberry pie bars
These healthy blueberry bars use super simple ingredients, come together in just 15 minutes or so, and only take about 30 minutes to bake. To make this recipe, you’ll need:
- Oat flour: to easily keep the bars gluten free. Learn how to make your own oat flour right at home here!
- Rolled oats: you’ll need old fashioned rolled oats for that amazing crumble topping. As always, use gluten free rolled oats to keep the bars gluten free, and do not use steel cut oats.
- Sweetener: we’re using brown sugar to help these bars stay true to flavor and texture. You’ll also need some pure maple syrup to naturally sweeten the filling.
- Cinnamon: for that true pie flavor in the crust and crumble.
- Baking staples: remember to use baking soda, salt & vanilla extract. You’ll also want to add a little almond extract for incredible flavor in the crust, crumble & filling.
- Butter: this helps the crumble clump together and turn a delicious golden color. Use a vegan buttery stick to keep the bars vegan and dairy free!
- Blueberries: the star of the show in these blueberry pie bars! Feel free to use fresh or frozen in this recipe.
- Cornstarch: you’ll need a little cornstarch or arrowroot starch to perfectly thicken the blueberry filling.
Simple ingredient swaps
As always I recommend sticking with the recipe as closely as possible to get the best results. There are a few easy swaps you can make in the blueberry pie bars that will stay make them amazing:
- Swap the flour: if you don’t have oat flour you can easily sub all purpose flour. Reminder: see note below for making your own oat flour at home!
- Choose your sugar: instead of brown sugar you can also use coconut sugar. Please note that you may not get the best “crumble” in the topping with coconut sugar, and you can also learn how to make your own brown sugar here.
- For the blueberries: as a reminder, you can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe.
How to make your own oat flour
You can easily make your own gluten free oat flour by simply placing gluten free oats into a blender and blending / pulsing until they’re smooth and resemble a fine flour. This is probably the cheapest option. Check out my tutorial with all of my best tips & tricks. Always measure the oat flour after you blend to ensure that you’re using the proper amount called for in the recipe.
The best blueberry pie bars in 3 simple step
Can I use a different fruit?
Sure! Because this blueberry pie bar recipe is so versatile, you can easily mix it up with other berries. Be sure to try these amazing pie & crumble bars as well:
Jazz up your blueberry pie bars
These gluten free blueberries are, of course, delicious on their own, but I have 2 fun ways for you to jazz up the flavor a bit:
- Add lemon: mix in zest from 1 lemon for an extra bright, fresh flavor in the filling.
- Drizzle a glaze: melt a little white chocolate and drizzle it over the bars for an even more decadent treat. You could also do this with a lovely lemon glaze from this cookie recipe! YUM.
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Blueberry Pie Bars with Oatmeal Crumble (vegan and gluten free!)
Perfectly sweet healthy blueberry pie bars topped with a delicious oat crumble. These easy vegan and gluten free blueberry bars taste just like blueberry pie and will be your new favorite treat for spring and summer!
For the crust and crumble:
1 ½ cups gluten free oat flour (or sub all purpose flour)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten free if desired
½ cup packed brown sugar (or sub coconut sugar but you may not get the best ‘crumble’)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter or vegan buttery stick, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
For the filling:
2 1/2 heaping cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot starch
⅛ teaspoon almond extract
Optional to make the with a hint of lemon flavor: zest from 1 lemon
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper and generously spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Make the base + topping: In a large bowl, use a fork to mix together the oat flour, oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add in melted butter, vanilla extract and almond extract and stir until a nice crumble forms and dough begins to clump together.
Place 1 3/4 cups of the mixture into the prepared pan and place the remaining mixture into the fridge (the remaining mixture will be used for the topping). Use your hands to evenly press the dough to the bottom of the pan.
Next make your blueberry pie filling: place a medium pot over medium heat. Add in blueberries, maple syrup, almond extract, cornstarch (or arrowroot) and salt. Use a wooden spoon to press down and break down the blueberries just a bit.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 3-5 more minutes until mixture is thickened up and nicely coats the back of a spoon.
Pour mixture over the crust and use a spoon to evenly spread.
Take the remaining topping out of the fridge. By now there should be some nice crumbles that have clumped together. Sprinkle the topping over the blueberry filling.
Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden.
Allow bars to cool completely on a wire rack before transferring to the fridge to chill. Bars are delicious served at room temperature or straight out of the fridge. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 bars before serving.
To store these blueberry pie bars: the bars are delicious served at room temperature or straight out of the fridge. I recommend storing in the fridge for optimal freshness.
Servings: 16 bars
Serving size: 1 bar (based on 16)
Saturated fat: 2.8g
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by Eat Love Eats
This post was originally published on May 22, 2019, republished on March 10th, 2020, and republished on May 12th, 2022.