How do you make pie acceptable for breakfast?
Well if you’re me, you don’t need to. Just grab your pie slice with pride and gobble it down on the way to the gym in the morning. Hey, it keeps your motivation freshly in sight.
But another way to do it, and perhaps with slightly more validity, would be to make a breakfast bar.
These include oats.
Oats are breakfast-y.
And just like all good bowls of oatmeal, these breakfast bars have layers of cinnamon and brown sugar and blueberries- with a dash of oats.
Plus, without a typical pie crust, you could totally pass them as gym fuel without the stares. I’d glare too if I had an apple and almond butter and the girl next to me had pre-workout pie.
A crispy topping, soft, berry-liscious center and a chewy, oat crust makes for an irresistible trio of textures.
I find these to be best at room temperature, when all the parts get to nestle into their final resting place with a blending between layers of flavor.
You should wait too.
And after re-thinking it all, maybe we should do some squats while we wait….
Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Pie and oat bar in one, these blueberry treats are on-the-go dreams. Not overly sweet, but entirely satisfying with crunch, chew and pops of bursting blueberries, these are easily brought with you to work, to the gym or to the secret drawer in your room so that you can hoard them all for yourself! Summer’s gift for breakfast awaits.
Recipe adapted from FarmGirlFare
- 2 C old fashioned oats
- 3/4 C flour
- 3/4 C light brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 10 T butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 C blueberries
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 C sugar
- 3 T flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp finely chopped fresh lemon zest
- 1 C flour
- 1/2 C light brown sugar
- 1/2 C butter, cold and cubed
- Preheat oven to 425F. Grease a 13×9 pan.
- In a large bowl, mix all the bottom layer ingredients except the butter and vanilla. Melt the butter in a pan, add vanilla and then mix into the rest of the bottom layer ingredients. Pat this mixture firmly into the greased pan.
- Toss the blueberries with the vanilla and zest. Separately, whisk together the cinnamon, sugar and flour. Add the dry mixture to the blueberries and mix. Pour this blueberry mixture on the prepared crust and spread evenly. If any flour or sugar remains in the bowl, sprinkle over the top of the blueberries.
- For the topping, cut the butter into the sugar and flour until pea-sized pieces remain. Sprinkle this over the blueberry mixture.
- Place pan into preheated oven for 15 minutes and then drop temperature to 350 and bake until topping is golden brown, keeping a careful eye on the edges. This takes about 20-30 additional minutes.
- Allow to cool and then slice and serve. Enjoy!