Healthy, filling, and delicious, these Coconut and Blueberry Oatmeal Bars tick all the boxes for a great grab-n-go breakfast, a lunch box snack, or an afternoon pick-me-up. They are a whiz to put together and make your kitchen smell amazing too.
Grab and Go Coconut and Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
These Coconut and Blueberry Oatmeal Bars have been in the 'recipe testing' phase for such a long time.
Every time I thought I cracked it, the bloody thing would fall apart when I tried to take it out of the baking dish, and I would have to start all over again.
What a pain...I am happy to report that this version works perfectly though, which I am all kinds of excited about.
I also never ever want to eat blueberry oatmeal bars again given how many I went through to get here!
Ingredients and Substitutions
During the summer months, I like to make sure I have a variety of homemade snacks on hand that we can just grab and go for our morning outings.
These coconut and blueberry oatmeal bars fit the bill perfectly.
They fill little bellies up with all the right things:
- oats: I use old fashioned rolled oats, if you need them to be gluten-free then be sure to check the packaging;
- cinnamon: ground cinnamon adds a great little pop of flavor;
- plain yogurt: I use full fat plain yogurt, but you can also use a plant-based yogurt if you prefer;
- milk: I tend to use almond milk in baking, but you can use any milk of choice;
- unsweetened applesauce: sub in mashed banana or pumpkin puree if you prefer;
- coconut oil: you can always sub in another cooking oil of choice if you prefer;
- coconut sugar: you can always sub in another granulated sweetener of choice, just be sure to check conversion amounts depending on they type you choose to use;
- eggs: average sized eggs, not extra large;
- blueberries: you can use fresh or dried. Frozen blueberries can work as well, but they can lead to the mix becoming a little on the soggy side.
What do you like to pack for summer outings?
Leave your ideas in the comments so everyone can get a little bit of inspiration.
If you are looking for some more portable snacks then be sure to check these guys out:
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- Hney Almond and Tahini Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars
- Freezer Friendly Apple Vanilla and Blueberry Mini Muffins
- Peanut Butter Choc Chip Bars
Coconut and Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup plain yogurt of choice (I used whole milk yogurt)
- ⅔ cup milk of choice
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup blueberries, fresh or dried
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray (I use fractionated coconut oil).
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon .
- In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, applesauce, coconut oil, coconut sugar and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Fold in the blueberries.
- Pour batter into baking pan and spread evenly in pan.
- Cook for about 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares and storing in an airtight container in the fridge.
tried this recipe but mine came out soggy and crumbly. 🙁
i substituted brown sugar for coconut sugar but don’t think it would make that much of difference in texture.
Oh no, I am sorry it didn't work out Suzanne. I agree, I don't think it was the sugar - I sub in coconut sugar for brown sugar all the time and it usually works just fine. My only thoughts are centered around the eggs and the blueberries...did you have larger than usual eggs? Did you use thawed blueberries (as they tend to give off a lot of liquid)?
I don't care for the taste of applesauce in baked goods. What can I use as a substitute?
I haven't tested this recipe with anything but applesauce, so I can't give you any definitive advice. You could try subbing in some pumpkin puree or mashed banana, again not sure if it would work, but let me know how it turns out if you try!
I am excited to try these. However, eggs are not listed on the ingresient list but are included in the instructions. How many eggs are needed? Thanks!
Well that was silly of me wasn't it!! Thanks for pointing out my mistake - good catch! It's 2 eggs and the recipe has been updated to reflect this. Thanks again 🙂
Allison Hanson says
I'm saving these for back to school breakfasts. We need something quick and easy to get out the door and these look perfect. I know the kids will love them.
Derek | Dad With A Pan says
You can't go wrong with a good summer blueberry recipe. I'm definitely going to be trying this one out!
I know, blueberries are the best and they are so good right now!!
Yum! They look too good to eat. I love berries but LOOOOVE blueberries. My 4 year old son would love these. He'll probably pick them apart just to get to the blueberries then eat what's leftover lol! Can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!
Haha thats exactly what my two year old does 🙂
Nicole Shillings says
These look fantastic. I'm always looking for a grab and go breakfast idea for my boyfriend. He leaves so early in the morning, that he rarely has time to make something. These would be great. Also I really appreciate how low in sugar they are!
Oh yes my husband is exactly the same, breakfast needs to be quick easy and portable!!
Constance Smith says
I love baking bars in the summer time. You get all of the benefits of a batch of cookies, but with much less time in the kitchen...or with the oven going. I love this recipe!
Oh thank you!! Yes you definitely get that sweet hit without all the sugar found in cookies 🙂
These sound wonderful!! Not only do I love that we can take them on the go, but I can actually pronounce all the ingredients in them (which is NEVER the case with the store bought stuff)! Yumm!
Oh I know right! Sometimes you look at the ingredient list and just can't comprehend why they need all those ingredients in one simple little bar!! This version is easy, simple and still delicious
I have three god children coming to visit soon and they can just about eat me out of house and home. These are definitely going on the weekend visit menu because otherwise I may throw up my hands and let them at the ice cream 🙂
Haha I wouldn't blame you if you break down and give them all the ice cream!! I ended up having 6 kids all by myself today (3 mine, and 3 nieces and nephews) and the treats came out after I ran out of ideas on how to keep them entertained 🙂
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these, I'm a huge bar person but don't like it too much when they use raisins. I am a huge blueberry person this is so for me!
Danielle Cushing says
I WANT blueberry anything and I NEED grab and go anything. 🙂
Haha you sound like me 🙂
Fred Nonterah says
I'm on the road lately so these will be perfect for me! I'm glad you were able to perfect this recipe so all of us can enjoy! Thanks for sharing!
You are very welcome 🙂 It's so nice to have some homemade foods while on road trips!!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says
I have made something similar in the past. Perfect for on the go, after school, lunch or just for a sweet and healthy treat.
Yeah they are super handy, especially with kids asking for something to eat every 5 mins 🙂
Marie-Pierre Breton says
I love that for once it's blueberries in those bars! I'm not the biggest fan of dried raisin and cranberries that we often see in those kind of bars. Plus, I have some delicious dried blueberries from my hometown in the fridge. I'm totally doing this soon!
Oh yum, local berries are the best!! Always taste so much better than the stuff that has travelled forever to get to the stores 🙂