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Blueberry Oatmeal BarsSo, here it is! I apologize for the photography, but I think I had the camera on the wrong setting! This recipe came from Jessica Seinfeld’s book Deceptively Delicious. Besides having all the usual yummy things like cinnamon, blueberry, sugar and butter, these babies have 1/2 cup of pureed spinach! Sounds gross I know but you don’t taste the spinach at all! I decided to try these because 1. My daughter won’t eat spinach. 2. She loves blueberries and 3. She’ll eat it if it’s a dessert!

Now, mine did not turn out like the picture in the book. Mine are about double the height. However, I am in England people without MY cooking utensils and gadgets and without my oven! I am using an oven that has the temperature in Celcius! I have to convert all the temps in my American books over to celcius to figure it out. Also, there are weird symbols on this oven that I have still (after almost 2 years) figured out. It was the only appliance in the house without an instruction manual!

Now this recipe is supposed to be healthier so it calls for margarine, cooking spray etc etc… you could probably make it taste better by adapting it but that would defeat the purpose of getting darling child to eat well.

Anyway, the blueberry oatmeal bars were very tasty… here is the recipe:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Source:  Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld

Ingredients:

  • Non stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats ( I used oat and wheat, as I could not find plain 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 trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread, chilled
  • 1 cup low sugar blueberry preserves ( I also added @ 1/2 cup fresh blueberry I had in the fridge)
  • 1/2 spinach puree (just use frozen spinach, defrost in microwave and spin it around in food processer)

How to:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F. Coat an 8×8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add the margarine and cut it quickly into the dry ingredients with two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal and is no longer powdery. Do not overmix-bits of margarine will be visable.
  • Set aside about half of the oat mixture and press the rest firmly into the pan. Bake until lightly browned at the edges (but not fully baked) @ 13-15 min.
  • Meanwhile, mix the preserves with the spinach in a small bowl.
  • Spread the blueberry/spinach mixture over the partially baked oat layer, then sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture. Bake until topping is lightly browned @ 20-25 min. Set pan on rack to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.

*** NOTE: Make sure they are completely cool before eating otherwise you’ll taste spinach. Blech!

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So, I really have no clue how to make this blog page interesting. However, I vow to try my darndest! I have been experimenting with some new recipes, including ones to get my daughter to eat vegetables without her knowing it (she is 2 1/2). So, I’ve made some blueberry oatmeal bars (with hidden spinach) and pancakes (with hidden apple, ricotta cheese, and beets). I’ll put pictures and the recipes up when I figure out how to do it! :o)

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