Gluten-Free. Tree-Nut free. High in fiber and protein and low in sugar. Gluten Free Blueberry Bars make a nutritious snack or dessert for any time of year. Blueberries are a nutrient dense food and I find any occasion to eat or bake with them.
Why Eat Blueberries?
Blueberries are known for their powerful antioxidant context! This is significant because berries when consumed will aid in fighting disease and the aging process.
Benefits of Eating Blueberries
- Contain essential nutrients for healthy bones; calcium, iron, zinc, and manganese.
- High fiber content which allows for lower blood sugar levels and for a healthier digestive tract.
- Vitamin C, B6, folate, and potassium are all necessary for a strong immune system
- Contains a wide range of phenolic compounds which support healthy skin, heart and fight disease.
Gluten Free Blueberry Bars Printable Recipe
Gluten Free Blueberry Bars
- 2 c. gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 c. tapioca flour
- 1/2 c. coconut sugar organic
- 3/4 c. softened butter organic
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon organic
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- pinch Real sea salt
- 3 c fresh blueberries filling
- 1/4 c. coconut sugar filling
- 1 tsp. lemon juice, not from concentrate filling
- 2 T. arrowroot powder or tapioca flour filling
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9" x 13" glass baking dish with organic butter or coconut oil. (This will prevent sticking.)
Rinse and pat dry 3 c. fresh blueberries. Place blueberries in a medium sized cooking pot.
Add coconut sugar, and lemon juice to the cooking pot as well. On medium heat bring the mixture to a simmer. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Every couple of minutes stir the mixture. Using a potato masher, mash down the blueberries to break down the fruit as it simmers,
Once the fruit is tender, slowly add 2 T.of arrowroot powder. Stir until the arrowroot powder is thoroughly dissolved and the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In a food processor, add the old fashioned oats, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and baking soda. Pulse a couple times to combine. Cut the butter into tablespoon size pieces and add them to the food processor. Pulse until the dry ingredients resembles course crumbs.
Set aside 1 1/2 c. of crumb mixture for the topping. Press the remaining crumbs into a greased 9" x 13" glass dish.
Spread the blueberry filling evenly over the crust.
Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping evenly over the top of the fruit. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely.
Cut into desired bars. Store in refrigerator.
Where to Find the Ingredients?
I try to purchase my ingredients at local supermarkets, so they will be easier to find for most people. Kroger supermarket has a section in their store reserved for healthier foods or food specific to diet restrictions. I purchase my Bob’s Red Mill Organic Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats, Wholesome Coconut Sugar, Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour, Organic butter and Santa Cruz Lemon Juice, not from concentrate at Kroger. I have noticed that some of those items can be found at Wal-Mart Super stores in the baking aisle.
Maple Syrup can be found at local bulk stores. In our area we find the best prices at Corner Country Market, which is owned by a Mennonite family in Rosebush, MI. In Clare, MI there are two Amish owned stores that sell maple syrup at the best prices; Pine Valley Country Store and Colonville Country Store.
Gluten Free Blueberry Bars can serve as a substitute for store bought granola bars. They are easy to pack in a small soft cooler for day trips or along side the rest of your lunch as a dessert. I hope you enjoy making and sharing these bars with others.
I look forward to hearing from you! Please comment or contact me if you have any questions.