The Freshman Cook: Blueberry Bars are now Blueberry Crumbs!

I went shopping to get some granola. Or maybe just to see what was available. I’m not sure. I wanted to make some homemade granola bars to send to my son at school. But I saw this box of Organic Cascadian Farm French Vanilla Almond Granola and it had this great sounding recipe on the back.  There was even a picture for this recipe called Vanilla Almond Blueberry Bars. So I brought it home and I couldn’t wait to try this out. They turned out delicious, but not so pretty. 🙁

Blueberry Crumbs

1 Egg White

1/2 cup Butter, softened

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract

1 1/4 cup Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 1/2 cups French Vanilla Almond Granola

8 oz Frozen Blueberries

1/4 cup Sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease an 8″ square pan.

Beat your egg white, butter, brown sugar, and almond extract

in a bowl until creamy.

Mix the baking soda, baking powder, and flour together,

and then mix it into the wet mixture.

Stir the granola by hand.

It should look like this.

Take 2/3 of the mix and spread it into the bottom of your pan.

I used this Dollar Store spatula to flatten the mix in the pan.

I thought it was pretty handy for $1!! The perfect size to fit in

the pan. 

In a separate bowl, mix the blueberries and the sugar.

Pour the blueberries over the dough.

Here’s where I think I made my big error. I didn’t think

there were enough berries, so I added a 1/2 cup more.

Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the blueberries.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Let cool completely on cooling rack.

I let them cool for 45 minutes.

When I went to cut these bars, they started to fall apart.

So, I put them in the refrigerator for about an hour.

When I took them out and started to cut them, they fell apart again.

That’s when I decided that they would have to be

blueberry crumbs instead of blueberry bars.

They were actually delicious as crumbs. I think the extra blueberries

may have added additional juices that the bottom crust just could not handle.

Next time I will not go hog wild on the blueberries~even though they are sooo good!

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