I Found My New Thrill… Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

No idea why, but the first hit song I remember as a kid was “I Found My Thrill on Blueberry Hill”. Maybe it’s because I was born right before the Happy Days phenomenon and heard Richie Cunningham sing the lyrics adnauseam each time he got a date. Or maybe it just played in my house on that archaic electronic known as a record player.  


Well, I have found my new thrill and, unlike Richie, it has nothing to do with an upcoming date. If I told you about my last 1st date, you’d understand my current lack of enthusiasm for dating. No, I’d pick these blueberry bars any day over “Personal Injury Attorney with Porsche”.                                                                                             My girlfriend Laura loves the blueberry bars at Starbucks, so I recently set out on a mission to find a better blueberry bar that didn’t break the bank. These blueberry oatmeal bars are amazing and without question are better than Starbucks! The crust and topping are to die for and the fresh blueberry filling was fabulous.

                                                                                                            Blueberry Bars… not to worry, you have definitely earned a second date in my kitchen. And if you’re reading this “Personal Injury Attorney with Porsche”, I’m sorry we didn’t have a second date, but I’ll be happy to make you a batch of these blueberry bars!

Berry Oatmeal Crumble Bars – Baking Bites


(printable recipe)

3 cups fresh or frozen berries (I used 2 c blueberries, 1 c strawberries)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch                   

Crumble and Crust
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (quick-cooking or regular)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened and cut into 7-9 large chunks
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling: In a medium saucepan, stir together berries and lemon juice and cook medium heat until fruit is tender, about 8-15 minutes, depending on type of berries being used (strawberries take longer than other berries, usually).
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch, then stir into fruit mixture. Continue cooking until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, until thick. Scrape berry filling into a medium bowl and set aside.

Crust: Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×13? baking pan.
In a food processor (or large mixing bowl), combine flour, oats, brown sugar, butter, baking soda , salt and vanilla extract. Pulse until mixture is thoroughly blended and resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of this mixture in a medium bowl. Pour remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, spread evenly and pat down. Place filling in dollops over crust and carefully spread to cover entire surface. Squeeze reserved crumb mixture into large clumps with your fingers and sprinkle evenly over the top of the fruit filling.
Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
Cut into 20 bars to serve.

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11 Responses to I Found My New Thrill… Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
  1. Laura
    June 18, 2009 | 8:55 am

    Thank you so much for coming up with this recipe! I do love the Starbucks oat bars, but, as you mentioned, they are expensive! Yours are not only less money, but truly are better! I do have one question: IF there are any left overs, should they go in the frig? You’re the best!

  2. Kate
    June 18, 2009 | 11:42 am

    Hi Laura! They lasted less than two days here and were fine left out. If you refrigerate them, they should last a couple of days. I want to make more, but I know I’ll eat too many!

  3. amber
    August 1, 2009 | 5:15 pm

    I made this recipe, and my family LOVED them- my hubbs is a die hard starbucks blueberry oat bar fan, we have spent hundreds… and he gives the thumbs up!
    Great recipe!!

  4. Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    August 27, 2010 | 11:11 am

    Thanks for the great recipe! I’m going to make it now for an after school “bus stop tea party”… it’s perfect :)

  5. Stacey
    September 16, 2010 | 10:43 am

    Have you ever tried using pie filling instead of fresh fruit. Does it takes the same?

  6. Laura Lou
    March 20, 2011 | 8:22 am

    These are delicious! I couldn’t wait for them to cool completely, so my first bit was into a warm bar filled with gooey blueberries. Yummy. I was hoping to have leftovers for the rest of the week…but they are going FAST! Husband, toddler, and teenager approved. I’ll definitely be making these again.

  7. Beverly
    June 1, 2011 | 4:53 am

    I had been craving a Starbucks blueberry oat bar for a while when I stopped in my local Starbucks yesterday. They didn’t have any and when I asked about them the worker said, “we haven’t had those in years!” Really??

    So that led me to an online search and I found this recipe. For me this is one of those foods that when you taste it, it’s like you’ve died and gone to (food) heaven.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    And they are even better than Starbucks because of the added strawberries.

  8. Kate
    June 1, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Hi Beverly,

    Let me know what you think when you make them. I LOVE this recipe. A few weeks ago, in desperation I bought a blueberry oat bar from Starbucks, so some of them still carry them. It definitely wasn’t fresh. It didn’t even compare to these.

  9. Fran
    July 27, 2011 | 8:59 pm

    Oh, My, my! These are wonderful! I made them with frozen wild Maine blueberries. YUM!
    Thank you for sharing this delicious treat.

  10. Rikki
    December 28, 2011 | 10:17 pm

    Love them, I made them with strawberry and apple so far (we had a bad year for blueberries!) for the apple bars I used the same except added a bit of cider vinegar and cinnimon with a dash of salt. I also put a little honey in the crumble just to tighten it up a bit and make it a little “doughier”. I have never had a starbucks bar but these were so yummy! Thanks for the great recipe! A repeater for sure!

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