The Healthy Blueberry Crumble Bars are easy to make, low-sugar, low-fat and low-calorie, yet the crumbly crust and the gooey middle are so yummy, you can’t resist taking an extra bite! 🙂Hi, friends! How are you doing these Fall days? 🙂
I so hope that you’re loving this beautiful season! …Because although there was a time in my life when I felt a bit sad about parting with the hot summer, these days I’m actually grateful for the seasons to change!
And here’re a few reasons why I just LOVE-LOVE-LOVE my Fall!
- The Baking! Yeassss! You could have probably guessed it, right? 🙂 But seriously, though! The Baking Season has officially opened and I have so many baking recipes lined up on my list… it’s just too exciting to even think about it!
- The Weather. I don’t know how about you, but I like it when it cools down a bit. It kind of calms me down… There’s something peaceful and etherial about the cool wind and the cloudy skies, don’t you think? 🙂
- The Holidays! Oh, yeah! Well, once again – you might’ve guessed it! 🙂 As a big-time foodie and a huge believer in importance of treating ourselves to all the yummy foods AND to the nice companies of friends as well – I just can’t wait for all the upcoming celebrations! 🙂 My favorite is Thanksgiving! (Not very crazy about all the spooky Halloween stuff, but I LOVE the black cats! 🙂 ). Yet, still… The Thanksgiving Dinner is always my favorite! 🙂
Alright! And now – lets get to the actual baking, shall we? 🙂
…Let me begin with a confession: all sorts of bars are one of my favorite kind of a sweet treats to bake! …And to enjoy! 🙂 And… I can’t even fully explain why… Perhaps… it’s the fact that I like this perfect combination of crumbliness and gooeyness that only the bars can provide? Mmmm… 🙂And about for these Healthy Blueberry Crumble Bars… They didn’t last long… The kids ate most of them on the day when they were baked… And I finished the rest! 🙂
Healthy Bleberry Crumble Bars
The Healthy Blueberry Crumble Bars are easy to make, low-sugar, low-fat and low-calorie, yet the crumbly crust and the gooey middle is so yummy, you can't resist having an extra bite! 🙂
For the dough
- 2 cups oat bran
- 3/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
- 3 oz butter or oil
- 1/4 cup fructose sugar*
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
For the BlueberryJam
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp natural pectin
To make the Blueberry Jam sterilize the jars to prolong your jam's shelf-life. Add the sugar and 2-3 tbsp of water in a saucepan and let the sugar melt over the low flame. Add the blueberries and bring to boil. Dissolve the pectin in 1 tbsp of water and pour it in the saucepan. Let the blueberries boil for 5-10 minutes. The longer your jam boils the thicker it's going to be. Take the pot of the heat and puree the jam in the blender when it's cooled down.
To make the Bars whisk all the dry ingredients together. Mix the egg whites with vanilla, cream cheese and oil (if using butter - let the butter warm up to the room temperature until it's soft). Stir the wet mixture and the dry mixture until incorporated. Put the dough in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes or up to 12 hours, covered.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Press 2/3 of the dough into a 9X9 pan, leaving the edges slightly elevated to prevent the jam from spilling out. Spread the jam over the dough. Crumble the rest of the dough and sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the jam.
Bake for bars for about 30 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting them and... enjoy! 🙂
- Fructose sugar is 1 1/2 sweeter than the regular sugar. If you don't have the fructose and have a really sweet tooth, increase the amount of sugar in the dough to about 1/3 cup.