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Blueberry Squares Recipe
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Blueberry Squares

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"A healthier take on the traditional fruit square. Zero trans fats, so you can add your own by serving with ice cream!"

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place chickpeas, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and salt in a food processor. Blend to a dough-like consistency; press into an 8x11-inch baking pan.
  3. Bake crust in the preheated oven until crisp and lightly browned, 20 minutes.
  4. Combine blueberries, white sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan; cook over medium-low heat until blueberries have reduced, 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk cornstarch and water together in a small bowl; stir into blueberry mixture. Cook until mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour blueberry mixture onto the cooked crust.
  5. Mix 1 1/2 cup rolled oats, flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda together in a large bowl until bread crumb consistency. Sprinkle over blueberry mixture.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until blueberry filling is bubbling and crumble topping is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 15, 2013

I loved the idea of using garbanzo beans in these bars! I ended up not having as many berries as I thought I had, so used apples and pears to have enough fruit. The flavor is delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 07, 2014

Original post of 5 stars: I tried these for the first time today and was pleased with the results! Because I don't own a food processor, I used my KitchenAid mixer to make the bottom layer and it worked out just fine. I used my 7x11 baking dish, so the bottom needed 30 minutes to bake instead of 20. I will possibly try baking it in a bigger dish next time. The only change I made to the bottom layer was to add just a shake of salt instead of the whole 1/4 t. I made the blueberry mixture just as it said to. I also made the top just as suggested, although I'm going to add cinnamon next time. I baked them for about 25 minutes and couldn't wait until they were cool to take a bite! These would definitely be good with some ice cream or Cool Whip, especially when warm! I was hesitant to bake with garbanzo beans, but now I won't be anymore. Thanks for sharing your healthy recipe, Janet! Edit with change to 2 stars: Turns out these blueberry squares were good only for the first day. After that, they turned very soggy and inedible. I ended up throwing away over half of the recipe.

Apr 11, 2014

For being a vegan dessert, this recipe was nearly as good as the buttery fruit bars. Only real change I made was using Mazola corn oil, mostly, as I only had about 2 Tblsp left of olive oil. I like that this had a lot of fiber with the beans, rolled oats, and all of the blueberries and it used oil instead of butter or shortening. Although, I could slightly taste the garbanzo beans. They do have a distinct taste. Also, the crust starts to get soggy by the 2nd day in the fridge. So, consider that with 24 bars, even if they are on the small size. Also, with the fruit, a large pack of blueberries, or whole sales club size, is really needed to get 3 full cups unless lucky enough to have a blueberry bush with abundant berries available. I used a 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2-inch disposable pan sprayed with PAM. The bars cut out very nicely, but the topping is a little lose. Freshly made it was rather tasty with a little whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

Sep 24, 2012

The taste for a vegan dessert was great! A couple of adjustments I'd make next time: I'd use a 9x13 pan, and I'd add water or vegan spread like Earth Balance or something. I used fresh raspberries and it was yummy!

Jul 31, 2014

Really great dessert without too much guilt! I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. nutmeg to both the crust and the topping. Gave it the added flavor other reviewers indicated it needed. I agree there was too much topping, especially flour. Plan to cut back on that next time and maybe add a little more oil to help it congeal better.

Jun 29, 2015

Tasted good, but I think next time I'll add cinnamon to the topping and maybe some add some butter to the topping since it didn't really act as a crumble to me. My daughter thought there was figs in the bar, but I think that was the garbanzo beans she was tasting in the crust.

Aug 24, 2014

Delicious recipe!! But I will cut back on the topping the next time. I did add some cinnamon to the topping. I will be interested to try coconut oil next time instead of olive oil. Highly recommended recipe and I am not vegan. My husband loved them too.

Jul 27, 2014

Rated this recipe high due to the positive health factor, yet still a dessert! Taste needs increased a bit. The only change I did to this recipe was add some cinnamon. Next time, will add some lemon zest and more cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. But overall, I enjoyed it.


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  • Calories
  • 146 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.2 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 2 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 136 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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