Blueberry Oat Bars

Took my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie batter and turned it into an awesome Blueberry Oat Bar. My Mum will occasionally eat something very similar to this at Starbuck's. Of course my version has no white flour or added sugar and well the one at Starbuck's I am sure has tons of both. These rock! Soooo yummy.

Shelly's Blueberry Oat Bars

1/4 cup Raw Almonds, ground
1/2 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1/4 cup Soy Flour (7 g. of protein per 1/4 cup)
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used Caramel)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
dash of Salt
1/3 cup Nuts, chopped (I used Pecans & Walnuts)
1/4 cup Dried Fruit (I used Raisins and Unsweetened Dried Cranberries)
10 Sugar Free Chocolate Baking Discs (or 4 miniature bars), chopped

Preheat oven to 350. In a mini food processor whiz almonds, 1/4 cup of the oats, soy flour, 1 scoop of the protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt till fine. *Add Torani syrup and whiz again. In a separate dish beat egg and almond butter together. Combine both. Add additional scoop of protein, the other 1/4 cup of oats, nuts, fruit and chocolate pieces. Spread 3/4 of the oatmeal batter into a parchment paper lined Pyrex dish (8x7).

Spread with blueberry filling over oat base. Drop plops of the remaining oatmeal batter on top of blueberries. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.

Blueberry Filling

1 cup Fresh Blueberries
1 teaspoon Water
2 teaspoons Corn Starch
2 teaspoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup

Heat blueberries and water on low till blueberries begin to burst. You can help them along by smooshing (is that a word?) them. Mix Torani and corn starch together and set aside. When the are all smooshed and warm add the Torani/starch mixture. Stir for 30 seconds and remove from heat.

Cooking notes: If you've made the cookies before you'll note I took the vanilla extract out of the cookie batter because I used SF Vanilla Torani in the blueberries and I didn't want to overpower the vanilla flavor and the cooking temperature and time is different. Also when making the oatmeal batter *be sure to add the Torani syrup to the dry ingredients.

Speaking of Mum we had a nice Mother's Day at the beach. We walked for miles and miles. We came home and I crashed but she was still going strong. How's that work?!? I bought her some flowers at the Farmer's Market and her usual goodies Austrian Fruit Bread and Scones. She is a carb-o-holic and loves her pastries but she thankfully has the metabolism of a 14 year old boy (I did not inherit this.) We hung out at our favorite people watching Starbuck's. I still owe her a seafood dinner. We were planning on going on Sunday but she decided we'd do it another day.