August 29, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Healthy Blueberry Protein Oatmeal Bars

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This recipe I am sharing tries to hid in some vegetables for those who don't get enough veggies in their diet - you can't even tell the difference - sounds weird, I know...but try it :)

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars 

Ingredients:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 3/4 cup Balance trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread, chilled (OR - apple sauce instead! great substitute - I use this instead)
  • 1 cup low-sugar blueberry preserves (and if you want to be extra healthy - add a scoop of your protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup spinach puree
Directions 
  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Coat an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and vanilla, and stir to mix well.
  3. Add the margarine (or apple sauce!) and cut it quickly into the dry ingredients with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal and is no longer powdery. Do not overmix. You might still see bits of margarine.
  4. Set aside about half of the oat mixture; press the rest of it firmly into the pan. Bake until lightly browned at the edges (but not fully baked), 13 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the preserves with the spinach puree in a small bowl.
  6. Spread the blueberry mixture (with protein) over the partially baked oat layer, then sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture. Bake until the topping is slightly browned,  20 to 25 minutes. Set the pan on a rake to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.

16 comments:

  1. I love oatmeal! Those bars sound so yummy. I'll have to post some of my favorite recipes so I can start participating in Tasty Tuesday. Love the fact that I can get new recipes to try too. Thanks for hosting :)

    -Holly

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  2. Oh wow...I do something called Tasty Tuesday too. I am not familiar with how to do the link up parties, so I never tried it, but would love to participate and spread the word. :)

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  3. Thanks for the recipe and for stopping by visiting. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  4. Hi Cami, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

    Hmm, would've loved to join you for Tasty Tuesday, except I'm really hopeless when it comes to all things culinary. My specialty is eating. Hahaha.

    The above recipe is cool though. Sounds do-able even by moi. LOL. Thanks for sharing it. I might have to try it one day!

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  5. Those bars sound tasty, and healthy too! I'll have to try them out.

    Hmm, I'll see if I can get together a recipe by morning! It will have to be one of my husband's because he's the cook in this house.

    To answer your question, yes this job makes a lot more money than his old job. After a couple months, we are planning on moving into a bigger place, closer to his work. Can't wait!! =)

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  6. Sounds wonderful will have to try it!

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  7. yummy! i made banana nut bread yesterday.. gonna post about it soon and link up!

    <3xojo

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  8. I'd love to join you, but I'm an awful cook... :/


    mustbeliberating.blogspot.com

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  9. I might have to try these. I am looking for healthy things to make for my husband.

    Found you through a blog hop.
    Have a Tastey Terrific Tuesday
    www.thehickmanfour.blogspot.com
    www.touchofhomelearning.com

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  10. mmm, great recipe!! i love anything in bar form :)

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  11. The oatmeal bars sound great!! I have oatmeal often with blueberries and pecans..so good. Have a great week sweetie.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  12. That sounds like an amazing recipe! My husband would absolutely love that. I'm not much of a cook but maybe I'll surprise him....

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  13. Hi I'm a new follower. These sound so good.

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  14. Got so busy with the bay-bee never got to link up, but http://holdingontothelittlethings.com/blog/recipes will get you there.
    Hope you're having a great weekend!

    <3xojo

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