No Sugar Added Blueberry Pie Bars - These soft and healthy treats have NO added sugar or oil and are sweetened only with fruit. Gluten-free and nut-free.
Sugar-free or no added sugar?
These days, you have to be really careful how you market 'sugar-free' recipes.
Describe a recipe with fruit as being 'sugar-free', and you'll have ten people lovingly remind you that 'fruit has sugar!'
Then, you may start writing 'no sweeteners added', and if you've got stevia in the list, you'll get a similar reaction.
Sheesh, I'm just trying to tell ya that I didn't add any sugar!
It used to be that if you didn't add white sugar, a recipe was considered 'sugar-free'. Now, there's a wide range of available sweeteners, thus widening the spectrum.
For me, sugar-free means no added sweeteners, not including fruit. However, for the sake of being super clear and PC, I've called these no sugar added. 🙂
Lately, I've been in the mood for fruit with pears, apples, and blueberries topping the list!
The filling reminds me of blueberry pie, and the soft, oat-based surrounding layers are bursting with cinnamon pear deliciousness.
I didn't find the recipe needed any added oil or butter, as the fruit purees do an excellent job of adding moisture.
This recipe is a crowd-pleaser in our home, which always makes me happy!
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No Sugar Added Blueberry Pie Bars
TOP AND BOTTOM LAYER:
- 2 large ripe pears, preferably Bartlett
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ + ⅛ tsp sea salt
- 2 ¼ cups oats
- 1 ½ cups blueberries fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup 100% organic apple juice divided
- 1 Tbsp arrowroot
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Process the pears until they are applesauce consistency.
- Pulse in the applesauce, lemon juice, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
- Add in the oats and process until everything is well combined.
- Meanwhile, heat the blueberries with three tablespoons of apple juice until boiling.
- Lower the heat to a simmer, and cook five minutes, stirring a few times during the process.
- In a small bowl, mix the arrowroot with the remaining tablespoon of apple juice.
- Pour the arrowroot mix into the hot blueberries, stirring frequently.
- Stir in the vanilla and remove the pan from the heat, continuing to stir until thick.
- Lightly oil an 8 x 8 baking dish.
- Spread about half of the batter into the bottom of the dish.
- Top with the blueberry mixture.
- Dollop the remaining half of the oat batter on top, similar to how you would dollop biscuit dough for chicken and dumplings.
- Bake 25-30 minutes.
- Cool, cut, and enjoy!
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