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Putting Summer Berries to Use with Recipes
By: Admin    July 25 2017 , 01:11 pm
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Category: Food , Seasons , Garden , Fun

Summer is here and that means berries!  Delicious blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries are all readily available and ripe throughout the summer months.  For a quick guide to what fruits are in season, you can check the USDA seasonal produce guide here: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide.  A lot of “in season” berries can be found at your grocery store or local farmer’s market for cheap prices because they are abundant when they are in season.

So, what to do with all those delicious berries? Here are a few easy bar recipes to get you ready for a sweet summer! I have made all of them, and let me tell you, they are crowd-pleasers!

100 Calorie Strawberry Oatmeal Bars from Well Plated


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 cups small-diced strawberries, divided

1 teaspoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided

1.       Preheat oven to 375. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

2.       Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Add butter until it is crumbly and the mixture is evenly moistened. Divide in half.

3.       Press half of flour mixture onto bottom of pan. Set aside.

4.       Lay one cup of diced strawberries evenly on top of flour mixture.

5.       Evenly sprinkle cornstarch over strawberries.

6.       Sprinkle lemon juice over cornstarch.

7.       Sprinkle ½ tablespoon sugar over mixture.

8.       Lay remaining strawberries over top.

9.       Sprinkle last ½ tablespoon of sugar over the strawberries

10.   Sprinkle other half of the flour and oat crumbs over the top of strawberries. (It is totally ok if the strawberries show through- this will happen!)

11.   Bake for 35-40 minutes until the berries are bubbly and the crust looks golden.

12.   Cool completey (this will help with slicing them later).

13.   Enjoy! Makes 16 servings.


Blueberry Pie Bars from Averie Cooks

Crust and Crumble Topping

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

pinch salt, optional


1 large egg

heaping 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt or sour cream

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Blueberry Layer

12 ounces (2 cups) blueberries (fresh or frozen, unthawed)

1/3 cup granulated sugar (or 1/2 cup if berries are too sour)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1.       Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with aluminum foil and grease with nonstick spray. Set aside.

2.       Melt butter. Add sugars and whisk. Add flour and salt and mix until sandy and crumbly.

3.       Set aside ¾ cup serving of crumble mixture. Use remaining crumbles to press into bottom of 8x8 pan to form crust.

4.       Whisk all filling ingredients together except flour. Once combined, add flour. Smoothly pour over the crust and spread evenly.

5.       In a separate bowl, toss all blueberry ingredients together. It is ok if some of the sugar crystals are not dissolved.

6.       Pour blueberry mixture over the rest of ingredients; spread evenly.

7.       Pour remaining crumble mixture over pan.

8.       Bake 60 minutes, or until edges and middle are bubbling and crust is golden. Bake 45 minutes if using fresh berries.

9.       Allow to cool before slicing. Enjoy!


Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars from Deliciously Sprinkled


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

3/4 cup fresh raspberries, semi crushed

1.       Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan, set aside.

2.       Cream butter using a hand mixer, then slowly adding sugar, flour, and salt until it makes a nice crumbly mixture.

3.       Take 1¾ cups crumb mixture and press into bottom of greased pan.

4.       Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until light golden.

5.       While the crust is in the oven, prepare the chocolate filling. Pour condensed milk and 1 cup dark chocolate chips into a saucepan, stirring gently over low heat until mixture is even.

6.       Remove crust from oven and pour chocolate mixture over top.

7.       Toss remaining crumbs to top the bars.

8.       Sprinkle crushed raspberries over everything then add mini chocolate chips.

9.       Bake 20-30 minutes.

10.   Cool, then cut and enjoy!

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Kristen Pesta Jul 25,2017

These all look DELICIOUS. I will definitely be trying these out!

Jane Middleton Jul 25,2017

Looks like some great recipes. We've collected wild wine berries from around our property and have made wine berry ice cream and wine berry sauce. Yum!

Elizabeth Dietz Jul 27,2017

Yum! Faboo recipes!