As a side job, I am a personal chef for a busy family of 4. I cook up a bunch of healthy meals for the week. They have two little ones ages 3 and 5, so I am always looking for ways to sneak in fruits and vegetables to meals whenever I can. This week the family requested a recipe from Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook Deceptively Delicious. All of Jessica’s recipes are kid friendly and sneak in fruits and vegetables. She knows whats up! 🙂
Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
Makes 12 bars
(Source: Jessica Seinfeld – Deceptively Delicious)
Non stick cooking spray
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I substituted with whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread, chilled
1 cup low sugar blueberry preserves
1/2 cup spinach puree*
* Spinach puree – Can use baby food or frozen or fresh spinach in a food processor.
1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Coat an 8×8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and vanilla and stir to mix well.
3. Add the margarine and cut it quickly into the dry ingredients with two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal and is no longer powdery. Do not overmix-bits of margarine will be visible.
4. Set aside about half of the oat mixture; press the rest firmly into the pan. Bake until lightly browned at the edges (but not fully baked), 13-15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, mix the preserves with the spinach in a small bowl.
6. Spread the blueberry mixture over the partially baked oat layer, then sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture. Bake until topping is lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Set pan on rack to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.