Fresh Blueberry Oat Squares

Food Network Canada
16 servings

These squares are similar to date squares, but made with blueberry and whole-grain goodness! Since you can use frozen blueberries, you can make these treats anytime of the year. Recipe by Dreena Burton.




3 ½
cup fresh blueberries (or frozen)
tsp sea salt
cup agave nectar
Tbsp agave nectar (to mix with arrowroot)
tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ½
Tbsp arrowroot powder

Base and Topping

2 ¼
cup rolled oats (see note)
cup spelt flour
cup unrefined sugar
tsp sea salt
1 ½
tsp lemon zest
cup agave nectar
2 ½
Tbsp maple syrup (or more agave nectar)
1 ½
tsp pure vanilla extract
cup organic canola oil


Step 1

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the blueberries, salt, and ¼ cup agave nectar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes (frozen berries will take full 15 minutes) until blueberries have softened.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine the 1tbsp agave nectar with the lemon juice and arrowroot, and whisk through until thoroughly combined. Add this mixture to the blueberry mixture, and stir through.

Step 3

Increase heat slightly to bring mixture back to a boil for just a minute or so. Transfer mixture to a bowl and let chill in refrigerator for ½ hour or more (stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming on top of the mixture).

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).

Step 5

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.

Step 6

In a small bowl, combine the agave nectar, maple syrup, vanilla, and canola oil. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and stir through until well combined; the consistency will be crumbly yet hold together somewhat when pressed.

Step 7

Transfer about 2/3 of the mixture to a lightly oiled (or lined with parchment paper) 8″ x 8″ pan and press in evenly.

Step 8

Pour the chilled (can still be slightly warm) blueberry mixture on top, then sprinkle on the remaining crust mixture.

Step 9

Bake for 27-30 minutes, until the blueberry filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown in spots. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, then cut into squares.

Step 10

Note: Quick oats can be substituted in whole or part for the rolled oats, however the texture of the squares will be different. Using the rolled oats, the squares will have a chewier texture and a nuttier flavor, whereas the quick oats become softer and also absorb more of the moisture of the blueberry layer.

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