Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars

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Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars are soft, muffin-like, and packed with good for you ingredients like almonds, oats, and dried blueberries. 

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Well I made it my entire pregnancy without having a single food aversion, just to find myself on the other side of baby skeeved out by all things thick and creamy a la yogurt, bananas, and peanut butter. Aka all my favorite breakfast staples!

I don’t even want to try ice cream yet for fear that it too will gross me out, leaving me scarred from the stuff for an extended period of time, which just won’t do. Mama loves her Blizzards too much for that to happen.

PS: it’s only a matter of time before Pumpkin Pie Blizzards make an appearance – whee!

That being said I’ve had to think outside the box when it comes to breakfasts lately. Cereal’s good, fruit’s ok, and CLIF bars will do in a pinch, but I really need something with girth (girth!) to get me going and fueled for a morning of taking care of Lincoln. That’s where Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars come in.

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Hearty oatmeal, sweet dried blueberries, crunchy almonds, and whole flax seeds form the base of these incredibly easy baked breakfast bars that are filling and not to mention fast. I truly never knew how quickly one needs to eat/shower/exist when you’ve got a newborn! These handheld bars are perfect to scarf down with a crunchy apple first thing in the morning and call it a day.

More fluffy and muffin-like in texture, than crunchy like a granola bar, the blueberry/almond combo is really yummy. Bake these babies up then keep ‘em in the fridge for a few days to grab and go in the mornings, or individually wrap in saran wrap and freeze to make sure breakfast is always handy.

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Start by combining 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal and 1/2 cup dried blueberries in a large bowl.

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Psst! I found these dried blueberries at Target for CHEAP! Dried blueberries are always so expensive, I feel.

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Next add 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds, 1/4 cup brown sugar (un-pictured) and 1/4 cup flax seeds. Flax seeds are extremely healthy, full of Omega-3s, and are great for lowering cholesterol. Look for them in your grocery store’s bulk bins!

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Spice the mixture up with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon then stir the mixture up.

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Finally add the wet ingredients including 1-1/4 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze), 1 whisked egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. 

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Give the mixture another big stir then pour into a nonstick-sprayed 8×8 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Cool completely then slice into bars (or triangles because I suck at planning) and enjoy!

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars

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Makes 8 bars

Inspired by KERF

Ingredients: 
1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/4 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 egg, whisked
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, almonds, blueberries, flax seeds, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add milk, egg, and vanilla then stir to combine. Pour mixture into a nonstick-sprayed 8×8 baking dish then bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes our clean. Cool completely then cut into bars/triangles and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or individually wrap in saran wrap and freeze. Microwave to reheat.

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

Mmm! Pillowy and packed with great textures and flavors, have fun with these!

Baked Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Bars | iowagirleats.com

In other news, we survived our first restaurant outing post-baby! Yesterday Ben worked from home so we snuck out to grab a quick lunch at one of our favorite nearby restaurants (which also happens to be one of the fastest!) – Monterrey.

Lunch

After a few pleasedontwakeup, pleasedontwakeup prayers, our little guy stayed conked out the entire meal. Sweet! It was so nice to get out with Ben. The first family outing had to happen sometime so you might as well rip the bandaid off early!

Regarding more baby/family posts, I’m thinking about starting a baby channel here on IGE. That way the people who are interested in those types of posts can read them, and the people who aren’t, won’t see them coming through the main feed. Like I said, my goal and intent is to keep this a food/cooking blog, but Motherhood is a big part of my life now, and I’m interested in writing about it! Already have a bunch of post topics floating around my head. Stay tuned for more details. : )

Well wherever you are, and whatever you do, have a wonderful weekend! See ya’!

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Comments

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  1. Blondýna 08.16.2013

    NICE pics! I can’t wait to try these bars..

    Your baby is so sweet, that he can sleep while you enjoy your meal. Perfect :-)

  2. Kerry 08.16.2013

    These look delicous and I love the idea of freezing them! My husband is a huge fan of your frozen burritos!

    Can’t wait for the Motherhood page! I just had twins 12 weeks ago so babies are definitely on the brain!

  3. Madison 08.16.2013

    These look delicious and healthy too! I love that they are portable and would be a great afternoon snack. :)

  4. Kim 08.16.2013

    These look so yummy!! A few quick questions – do you have to use old fashioned oats or could you use the quick cooking ones, do you think that you could use fresh blueberries (loving the yummy fresh blueberries right now! :) ), and do you think that you could double this and put it in a 9*13 pan (I have a big family.) – would the baking time remain the same? Congratulations on your sweet baby boy!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.16.2013

      You could probably use quick cooking oats, and I’d use fresh blueberries over frozen if you don’t want to use dried. I think it’d be fine to double the recipe, too, may just need 5-10 more minutes baking time!

  5. Nicole 08.16.2013

    Yay for the baby posts! You are brave for taking him out so early! Good for you! Cannot wait to read posts about motherhood!

  6. Melissa 08.16.2013

    Yum, looks so good! Cute photo, too!

  7. Maureen Gribble 08.16.2013

    Those look amazing! My 4 year old is obsessed with the blueberry luna bars, but boy, those aren’t cheap. I wonder if he’ll approve of these?! As for your outing with little Lincoln, I’m telling you, strange as it may seem, those first few months are the perfect time to hit the restaurants. Sleeping babies in car seats trump feisty, bored, hyper, toddlers :) :) ENJOY!

  8. Amanda 08.16.2013

    I would love to see a baby section. I forgot to mention in my survey but I’d also love a birth story post (if you’re interested/willing to share). Maybe it’s because I’m two days from my due date, but I’m just so curious/anxious about what’s to come.

  9. lauren 08.16.2013

    I wish you’d intertwine the baby pics with your food pics..it’s such a sweet treat to see him and how beautiful he is!!! regardless, i will check out both food and baby pics daily! i am printing these bars to make this weekend..they look sooo good!!! do you think fresh blueberries would work? i have a freezer full of them!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.16.2013

      I think fresh blueberries would work, though I’d thaw and drain frozen ones first!

      • lauren 08.16.2013

        my frozen blueberries are from my own bushes…we’ve planted 4 or 5 each year and have quite the hedge of them..i have quarts and quarts of them in my freezer ..i will rinse and drain and dry and try them this weekend! can’t wait to add this to my grab and go breakfast supply in my freezer!

  10. Rachel 08.16.2013

    Love the idea for baby posts! You could call it Iowa Baby Eats. :) congrats on your beautiful boy!

  11. i would definitely read a motherhood page, even though i’m not a mama yet. variety is the spice of life!

  12. Tom T. 08.16.2013

    You are brave to take the baby out to a restaurant this early. We were paralyzed with fear of leaving the house with ours for a good 3 months. Good for you.

  13. Jo 08.16.2013

    How do you think fresh blueberries would do in these? I just bought a BUNCH of blueberries at a big sale at Kroger so I hate to go buy dry ones now. I’d love to use fresh, maybe I will try and find out? I just don’t want it to be a waste if it turns out horrible :(

  14. Abby 08.16.2013

    I frequently pin your recipes and have tried many (great!), but this post made me jump up from my desk and get these in the oven. I can’t wait to eat my snack in 25 minutes! Keep up the awesome work. And congrats on the baby. Such a sweet time your life.

  15. Karen 08.16.2013

    Hi, Kristin – Congratulations on your beautiful son. I am looking forward to having Iowa Baby join your blog. I wanted to mention that flax seeds are insanely good for you, but in order to reap the benefits, you need to grind them first. Whole flax seeds typically pass right through as our bodies can’t digest them. I grind my flax seeds in a little handheld coffee grinder. Have a great weekend!

  16. Yummy! Those look so simple to make and delicious!

    Happy you were able to go out with Ben and your son!

  17. Lisa 08.16.2013

    That’s the best part about young babies… they tend do very well in restaurants! Take them out for a late dinner, and they just snooze away in the carrier and the server might not even know you have a baby with you :) Enjoy that freedom (before he’s big enough to not want to stay seated for a minute and grabs everything off the table in 2 seconds. haha!). He’s a cutie.

  18. Molly 08.16.2013

    These bars sound very tasty! Glad to hear your first family outing went well…fast restaurants are definitely the way to go! I am so impressed that you are back to posting great recipes after only a few weeks! You are very dedicated. Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your adorable baby boy! : )

  19. I love everything about this recipe! Dried blueberries, almonds…yum!
    I think a baby page is a brilliant idea. I’m not a Mather yet but I need to Lear as much as possible to prepare one day soon so I’d enjoy reading about your experience with motherhood. Plus, adorable pics of Lincoln wouldn’t hurt either! :)

  20. Nicole G 08.16.2013

    These look like the perfect on-the-go breakfast with a cup of coffee! With two kiddos in two different schools this year and me working full-time Monday thru Friday, I hardly have time for breakfast for me! And I must add, how wonderful do you look!?!?! You amazing and little Lincoln is just too sweet! Hope you are enjoying your time as a new Momma! Best wishes!

  21. These sound so wonderful!!! Love all things blueberry and almond! (And BLIZZARDS!!!)

  22. Sandi 08.16.2013

    I’ve been meaning to try an oatmeal breakfast bar for my teenage son who has texture issues with oatmeal. I’m thinking something resembling a cookie might help him overcome it :)
    Thank you for the recipe – it looks wonderful!

    I’d love seeing a baby page. Even though mine are pretty much grown, I still love babies.

  23. Abby 08.16.2013

    These sound and look delicious! I am ready to make them for my entire family!!! Great breakfast on the run or after school snack on the way to one of our various sports! I do have one question… do you have a breakdown of the nutritional info on these? Just curious where they fall on the WW scale!!! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Kristi 08.16.2013

    Do you think milled flax would work? I put that and chia seeds in my oatmeal smoothie every morning.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.16.2013

      I think so, though I’ve never tried. I might add a touch more milk since it would make the “dough” a bit more dry.

  25. Emily S 08.16.2013

    looks divine! my toddler would like too because he doesnt like dry granola bars

  26. Lisa N 08.16.2013

    I can’t wait to try these!!!

  27. Erika M 08.16.2013

    Love the baby pics! Still doing Friday Favorites?

  28. Trisha 08.16.2013

    Gah! I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t be interested in knowing more about sweet baby Lincoln, but I suppose I could click over to a separate channel to read all about him. ;)
    These bars look divine! I have a big bowl of cherries staring at me, about to go bad, that I might need to transform into something along these lines.
    P.S. Hurray for speedy Mexican restaurants! They’re always our go-to when we don’t have a lot of time.

  29. char eats greens 08.16.2013

    These sound delish and I’m adding them to the mix. My breakfasts have been so boring lately. I need to switch it up!

  30. Sandy 08.16.2013

    Please please please add a baby channel!!! I’m due in 4 weeks and think it will be so fun to read relevant content!

  31. Jenny 08.16.2013

    Yes, yes, yes, please keep us posted on baby- I’d love a baby channel!

  32. Pat 08.16.2013

    Did you use whole flax seed or ground? Just wondering since everything I read says to consume them ground.

  33. Michelle 08.16.2013

    YES! Please do that :) No babies over here but I love reading about them. Plus little Lincoln is extra precious!

  34. Lizzie 08.16.2013

    Yum, I can’t wait to try these.
    I like your idea for the “baby channel”… best of both worlds!

  35. Jennifer D. 08.16.2013

    These look delicious! Will be making some this week. And you are right, dried blueberries are really expensive! I will have to check Target and see if I can find some.

  36. Annie 08.16.2013

    I love the idea of a separate channel for your new baby boy! It seems like lately all my favorite interior design and food bloggers have had babies, and while I’m stoked for them, as a gal who just hit a two year anniversary of infertility, it’s often too hard to keep reading the blogs when they’re innudated with new baby/happy three of us pics. This way, when I’m feeling up I can see all the fun family pics, and when I’m down, I can still check in for just a great recipe. Awesome!

  37. Cristal 08.16.2013

    Hey Kristin, I tried your cherry-almond cookie dough oatmeal for breakfast and it was absolutely fabulous! I tend to make the same kind of oatmeal and this one will definately be in my breakfast rotation! Thanks for the great recipe!!!! Take care of yourself and that little baby :)

  38. Cynthia 08.16.2013

    Those look yummy…definitely going to whip up a batch soon. Yay for the baby posts! Cannot wait to read posts about motherhood! Cute pic :)

  39. Carma 08.16.2013

    The bars look great. I think I need to make them this weekend.
    Sweet picture with the little one. And we love that restaurant. I swear they have the food you order ready before you finish ordering with your waiter.

  40. These bars are the perfect busy morning breakfast! Love dried blueberries! Going to have to look for them at Target!

  41. Tracy 08.16.2013

    Pinned the recipe…looks great! I think I’ll try chia instead of flax cuz that’s what I have in my pantry.

    Baby channel sounds like a winner! Can’t wait to follow along :) He’s a cutie for sure!

  42. Angie 08.16.2013

    I think the baby channel is a great idea! I am so excited to read more about little lincoln, but I think it is very sensitive to those who might be turned off by it!

  43. Mel 08.16.2013

    No more Friday favorites?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.16.2013

      It’s on hiatus right now (no time to surf the internet!) but hope to bring it back semi-regularly in the future.

  44. Donna 08.16.2013

    I’m SOOOO excited about the idea for a baby page!!! I love hearing other people’s experiences/joys/challenges in this wild world of parenting

  45. Liz 08.16.2013

    This recipe looks great! I always seem to have a hard time fitting breakfast into my day. Congrats on your little boy too!

  46. Jenny 08.16.2013

    Yay for baby posts! I have loved your blog for awhile but I was so excited when you announced you were pregnant. I just had my first, a little guy as well, at the beginning of July. Feels good to get out to eat, right?!

  47. Becky 08.16.2013

    I still can not eat eggs over easy after I had my kids. My husband made some when our twins were newborns, and the runny yolk gagged me. Stay far away from the ice cream for now; that would really stink if you had to give that up forever…runny eggs are one thing, but DQ…a whole different level!

    • Becky 08.16.2013

      P.S.
      I shared an adaption of your Green Monster Smoothie on my blog today. This looks like another good breakfast recipe for some clean eating! Thanks, Kristin!

  48. I LOOOOOVE the baby channel idea!! Also these look super easy and delicious :)

  49. Lindsay 08.16.2013

    These look like a great back-to-school breakfast option!

    Super stoked for a baby channel on IGE!! Also looking forward to the return of Friday Favorites, but I’m just amazed you’re back to blogging already! I was a hot mess after my first was born. lol No rush, mama! :)

  50. Andrea 08.16.2013

    These look delicious!

    I’m so excited to read all about Iowa Baby Lincoln! Congrats on a successful first outing! What a sweet little guy :)

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