~ These addictively delicious no-bake oatmeal bars feature crunchy almonds, sweet-tart blueberries and creamy white chocolate. All wrapped up in a nutrient-rich little package that’s super quick and easy to make! They’re satisfyingly decadent enough for dessert, yet nutritious enough for a snack! ~
This Recipe Is: • Ready in 30 Minutes or Less • Freezable • Make Ahead • Vegetarian • Gluten Free •
Don’t blink, or this recipe will disappear before your startled little eyes. (Not off your computer screen, of course … but right off the pretty platter where you lovingly piled these yummy oatmeal bars.)
Happens in my house all the time.
Oh – you think it’s all my fault, don’t you? That I’m gobbling these up, hand-over-fist, before my kids even know I made them.
Harummph … you’re kinda right.
If you hang around THK much, then you know I’m a leeeeeetle bit obsessed with almonds and coconut. You might be remembering our Almond Joy Oatmeal or our Almond Joy Snack Bites. (Honestly, I think Gretchen lives in fear of the day I create a recipe for Almond Joy Pork Chops or Slow Cooker Almond Joy Chicken Tacos.) So ok – point taken. I do have a “thing” for almonds and coconut.
Oh, right. And then there’s my “thing” for blueberries and white chocolate. (When it comes to food, I have a lot of “things” – guilty as charged!) Remember our too-good-to-be-true Blueberry-White Chocolate Muffins?
And now, I’ve outdone myself. These amazing oatmeal bars have the almonds … and the coconut … plus the blueberries … and the white chocolate! Brings a tear to my eye. That good.
So, I can see how you’d think I’m the only cookie monster in my house gobbling down these blueberry-almond bars.
But honestly – it’s not just me! My whole family loves these! When I set out a plateful, I have to be careful that I don’t lose a finger in the ensuing craziness as everyone grabs for more.
There’s only one tiny dilemma (besides the potential loss of a limb … but that seems so unlikely that it’s totally worth the risk). It’s really impossible to categorize these oatmeal bars.
Dessert? Or Snack???
As oatmeal bars, it seems automatic to call them a dessert. A cookie bar. They’re rich, sweet and satisfyingly decadent. Chewy and crunchy all at the same time. So, so good. Plus, there’s that naughty white chocolate, nudging them over the edge into the dessert category.
But then …
Well, you may have noticed that I used one of my favorite healthification tricks in creating these beauties. Just like with those Blueberry-White Chocolate Muffins, I surrounded the yummy bits of white chocolate with so many nutritious ingredients that you just can’t feel too guilty noshing on them! These oatmeal bars are loaded up with all the healthy goodies you’d want in a virtuous snack-time granola bar.
Yup – I tore a page right out of our Snack Bite playbook: heart-healthy nuts, whole grain oats, and omega-rich flax. Plus antioxidant-rich blueberries … no guilt there! (Psssssst, Snack Bite lovers! These bars are for you!)
So are these truly a dessert cookie bar, good enough to satisfy even a raging sweet tooth? Or are they more like crazy-good granola bars – a nutrient-loaded snack that’ll fuel you up and keep you going strong?
Lucky you! That’s an easy question … a test you simply cannot fail! (Because there’s not wrong answer here!) They’re both!
And no matter what you call these, or when you serve them, they’ll disappear in a flash!
Good thing they’re so darn easy. You’d better make a double batch!
- 1 cup dried wild blueberries (about 6 ounces) (see note)
- 3/4 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup blanched, unsalted, slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 3/4 cup salted almond butter (see note)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, oats, coconut, white chocolate, almonds, and flax. Stir well to combine thoroughly.
- Add almond butter and honey, mixing a little to partially combine.
- Drizzle almond extract evenly over top and continue mixing until very thoroughly combined.
- Press mixture into an ungreased 8″x8″ baking pan. Immediately cut into squares (before refrigerating).
- Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until serving.