Blueberry-Vanilla Oatmeal Bars

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I’ve been making oatmeal cookies from a recipe on the back of a Trader Joe’s bag for years. My family loves them, they’re healthy, and they have chocolate. Those three don’t usually happen together. They’re delicious, but have a ton of butter and sugar. I realize that might make the health part seem redundant, but comparatively, it’s not bad! But if you’re trying to cut back on stuff like that, make these. Granted, they’re not sweet, chewy, peanut butter-chocolate oatmeal cookies, but they don’t have any sugar, and taste good. You can’t please everyone, I’ve tried! Actually, I’ve never tried. Didn’t see the point. But if you like that kind of thing, these will make everyone who eats them happy.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

2 ¼ cup rolled oats

5 oz vanilla yogurt

1 egg

⅓ cup slivered almonds

½ cup almond butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup blueberries

In hindsight, a teaspoon of cinnamon would have been great!

Preheat oven to 375 F

 

Start by dumping the vanilla yogurt into a bowl. I guess these bars do have some sugar, from the yogurt. You can use plain Greek yogurt, if you want to make them completely sugar-free, and if you don’t want to enjoy life. Your call.

Crack in the egg, 

and mix them together until it’s creamy. Only two ingredients in, and we’ve got calcium, protein, and vitamin D!

Now throw in the vanilla, just for kicks. Add the cinnamon here!

Pour in the almond butter too,

and mix it all together. I like almond butter more than peanut butter. I love peanut butter, but it gets old after a while. So do people, in every sense of the word! That took a dark turn.

Throw in the oats,

and stir it in until they’re completely incorporated. It might take a little bit of elbow grease, but that never hurt anyone*!

Now throw in the almonds, and mix those in too.

Add the blueberries last of all, and mix those in gently- otherwise they’ll burst, and then they won’t burst in your mouth when you eat the bars, and that’ll lead to a long series of unfortunate events probably ending with moving to Nebraska. Nothing good ever leads to moving to Nebraska. Are there people in Nebraska? I’m not sure. If there are, sorry! If there aren’t, sorry to the corn!

Line a pan with some parchment paper, and then pour it in.

Bake it for about 16 minutes, and then let it cool, slice it into bars, and have it with coffee, tea, crumble it and eat it like granola, or just have it plain! It makes a great breakfast.

 

*allthoseinflavor.com and the cantankerous teenager behind it are in no ways liable for injuries** caused by mixing oats into almond butter, yogurt, an egg, and vanilla extract.

 

**Do you think this will help my case when I apply to law school?

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