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Blueberry Bars #bloggersCLUE


Blueberry Bars

I recently had the chance to go on a sort of scavenger hunt on a blog I'm not very familiar with.  Why was I inspired to bake with blueberries and make these fun blueberry bars and what does it have to do with bloggers C.L.U.E?


Blueberry Bars


The hunt was for a group I just became a part of called blogger C.L.U.E. and the blog I was given to search through was Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook. Lauren is an Air Force wife, an aerospace engineer, and the mom to an adorable baby boy.  I had fun perusing through Lauren's blog with our theme of Berries. I was leaning towards making her cranberry coffee cake and instead was inspired by her blueberry bars. While you’re on Lauren's site, don’t miss her Almond Joy mini Bundts (they look fantastic!). I am always looking for new cupcake inspiration, and love her olive oil cupcakes! Can't get enough of scones like me? Lauren's vanilla orange scones look so good!!

I absolutely love baking with blueberries. Actually, with any berry! I can't wait for berry season to roll around in Florida. It happens very early here than in the rest of the world and it lasts way into the summer. My kids know to expect something with strawberries or blueberries every week! A favorite recipe for a while since I've been blogging has been this blueberry buttermilk cake. One recipe that I was literally begged to make all summer a couple years in a row was this fantastic blueberry buckle recipe (one of my very first posts...really bad photos, but an excellent recipe!) But enough about me and my love of blueberries! Let's get on to this cake!

 The recipe I chose from Lauren had a cup of butter. I have absolutely nothing against butter, but my mother-in-law is here from Italy and she has been baking cakes and crostatas every, single...day! Her crostatas are filled with butter and I can't resist having a piece here and there. So I thought to lighten it up a little, I'd use this vegan cake recipe of mine and feel a little less guilty if I took a sliver. The pie filling I used is not vegan, but you could totally make this a completely vegan blueberry bar recipe by making your own blueberry filling (I explain how below). We happened to be invited to friends for dinner that day, and these bars were sliced and packed nicely to go. They were loved by all!!! Not a soul was missing the butter!!
Blueberry Bars

The blogger C.L.U.E (Cook, Learn, Undertake, Eat) Society meets every month in a game of mystery, intrigue, and fun! We are given a theme and secretly assigned another member’s blog; our mission is to hunt through our assigned blog to find a recipe that fits the theme through our eyes. We then head into the kitchen and recreate the recipe and post together on reveal day!

I am always interested in solving a good mystery, so it was only natural that I would be loving this food blogging group: blogger C.L.U.E!

Today is reveal day, and this month’s theme is: BERRIES! Join me in reading about the food hunted down this month in the #bloggerCLUE member’s kitchens!
Blueberry Bars


 some recipe notes:

To stay as close to the recipe from Lauren's site, I used blueberry pie filling. We are in full blueberry season here, so the next batch of these bars will be made with fresh berries. To make your own fresh blueberry filling, simply use 3-4 cups fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons cornstarch, juice of one lemon. Mix it all together in a bowl and then pour of the bottom layer of the bars. If you're not able to find fresh berries, use your favorite blueberry pie filling. Next time I make this, I will swap out strawberries or how about sour cherries in the fall.

Blueberry Bars

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: approx 40 minutes

Ingredients (1 9x11-inch baking dish)
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
  • 2/3 cup rice milk (or regular milk) + 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch mixed with 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
filling
  • blueberry pie filling (or make your own)
Instructions
In a small bowl, add the milk and vinegar and give it a whirl. Let sit a minute. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients of the cake and whisk together. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oil, milk, water/cornstarch mixture, and vanilla. Mix well.

Incorporate the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl with your spatula.

Reserve 1 1/2 cups of batter. Spread remaining batter in the bottom of a 9×11 greased baking dish.
Spoon on the blueberry filling evenly over the top, without touching the edges.

Spoon the rest of the batter over the top in clumps, leaving some of the blueberry filling showing through (swirl the batter around gently).

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Let cool at room temperature. If desired, top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or simple powdered sugar frosting. Cut into squares before serving. Store covered at room temperature.

35 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the kind report! I can't blame you for cutting the butter now I know how! Your bars are much more beautiful than mine :) glad everyone enjoyed them.

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  2. Oh, my gosh, Lora, these are beautiful!!! I may have to whip up a batch while blueberries are in season. My whole family would love them :)

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  3. What a blessing to have your mother-in-law visiting, Lora. Even better that she bakes! With both of you in the kitchen, the family must be loving every minute. Those blueberry bars look wonderful! I'll definitely be making them when I am back stateside this summer and have fresh blueberries.

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  4. Blueberries are here in my part of the country....going to have to bake up a batch...you got me at "pie filling"!

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  5. These look soooo good! I have a weakness for blueberries in dessert :) I need to jump onto this C.L.U.E. game!

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  6. I am loving all of these blueberry recipes today. I like that you lightened this recipe up.

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  7. What a fun group! And although it's not blueberry season here in the northeast, I can get my hands on some Florida berries! This looks so yummy, the perfect thing to make with those berries!

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  8. These bars look amazing! I love blueberries and all of these fabulous recipes!

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  9. This group sounds like so much fun! And these bars - I'm in foodie bliss!

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  10. So many blueberry recipes....makes me ready for our season and picking! Saving this for later!

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  11. I love this idea! A blogging scavenger hunt! I would love to do that! And these blueberry bars?! So right up my alley!

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  12. Oh wow! These are luscious looking! I would love to be baking up a batch right now! Your photos are lovely, Lora!

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  13. I am currently eating ALL the blueberries I can get my hands on. Love these bars.

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  14. Strawberries and blueberries are my two favorite berries and I can see this bar recipe working well with both. I love how pretty the tops of the bars are from the batter being dotted on top. :)

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  15. LOVE blueberries - will be keeping this recipe to try soon!

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  16. How fun. I love blogger things like this. Such a sense of community in blogging. Which is why I love it so much.

    This recipe is freaking fantastic. I love blueberry bars, there's something about them that just makes my mood brighten up.

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  17. Oh, these sound fantastic...and I have an abundance of blueberries right now, so I see a batch with fresh blueberries in my very near future!

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  19. We're close to blueberry season too so I'm definitely sticking this recipe in my to-make file. The bars look fantastic, Lora!

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  20. Sounds like you've been having a great visit with your mother-in-law - especially baking these dreamy blueberry bars! (Swoon!)

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  21. Blogger CLUE sounds like so much fun! I'm thrilled that you shared this recipe for blueberry bars. I also love all things blueberry, and these bars look SOOOOO good!

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  22. Such a fun group! These look so moist and delicious.

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  23. What a fun idea....and this looks amazing!!!

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  24. I absolutely LOVE the blueberries that are oozing out. These bars look and sound amazing! Must make this soon!

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  25. Oh my goodness those look SOOO delicious!! That filling is calling to me. :)

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  26. What a fun little blogger event :) I can see why you wanted to make these blueberry bars. They look awesome!

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  27. This looks like my cup of tea, beautiful blueberry bars and what a nice event! Go Lora!

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  28. Mmmmmm! That looks so good, so comforting, and it's oozing with sweet berries!!

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  29. Oooh these are gorgeous! I'll have to try them soon with the fresh berries! Yumm!

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  30. ciao Georgette, grazie!

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