Ok, just look at them! These blueberry date bars are so deliciously decadent and yummy! Medjool dates are my favorite natural sweetener for vegan desserts. When paired with coconut, you get that rich buttery caramel taste that's so hard to find in other vegan ingredients. Dates are carb rich, meaning they pack a lot of energy, so a small bar goes a long way. I love freezer bars, because they store longer and are accessible to grab in the morning or pack in a cooler bag for a trek or trip. They're a great pick-me-up as is, or warmed and crumbled over coconut yogurt! My toddlers think these are super yummy, and if giving to little ones, I cut them into small puff-sized pieces warmed on the counter for a while. The natural sugars give them enough energy in the morning for productive play without making them hyper or interferring with nap. The dates help keep their little tummy's regular and there are so many healthy nutrients, antioxidants, and fats that are great for development.
I really hope you consider giving this tasty treat a try. If you don't like blueberries, you can replace them with dried apricots, strawberries or any other fruit that cooks and freezes well! They're also versatile after cooking depending on your energy needs for the day. Because of the sticky fruit layer, you can add other seeds and dried fruits (pepitas, chia, flax, dried cranberries) before packing it up for the day!
To start: preheat the oven to 325 f
Prep an 8x8 baking dish with either parchment in the bottom or with coconut oil.
For the base layer of the recipe, you will need the following:
Use a food processor to mix the base layer ingredients. Please see the recipe card below for specific instructions.
Keep 1/2 cup of the mixture separate for the crumble topping. Wet hands with water to prevent sticking or use a silicone spatula and press the remaining mixture firmly into the bottom of the baking dish.
For the center fruit layer, you will need the following:
Process the fruit layer ingredients, leaving out the blueberries, for 4 minutes until the dates become a consistent caramel color. Add in the blueberries and process until combined. Wet hands again or use a silicone spatula to press and spread the fruit layer evenly over the base layer.
Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top and press lightly into the fruit layer.
Bake for 20 minutes, remove from dish and cool on a cooling rack or cutting board. I then like to place the cooling rack or cutting board into the freezer until firm for cutting, cut them into 2"x2" squares and place in freezer once again until completely frozen. Store in freezer.
Blueberry Date Freezer Bars
Prep Time:20 min
Cook Time:20 min
Makes:16 (2x2" bars)
Do you have a favorite fruit mixture you'd like to try for this treat? Let me know!