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Blueberry Walnut Bars Recipe

Blueberry Walnut Bars Recipe

With power-packing oats, walnuts and blueberries, kids aren't the only ones that are going to love this sweet treat. Health-minded parents can feel good about these bars, too. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, oats and butter. Press onto the bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
  • 4. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat preserves on high for 15-20 seconds or until warmed; gently stir in blueberries. Spoon over filling. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 167 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 2 fat.

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Lv2butr 245211
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"I absolutely love these bars."

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ranchmomma 231578
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Very tasty and everyone enjoyed it."

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kc2003sbcglobal 97515
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"These were awesome! So easy and quick to make. I used Splenda instead of sugar because I made some for my dad who is a diabetic. You couldn't tell the difference and I feel it made them even more healthy."

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JCV4 181839
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"This was great! Using fresh blueberries really makes a difference."

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mommawedgy 181828
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"We didn't have orange juice, so used lemon. It was great with fresh blueberries !"

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Sundayfood 111827
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"Easy, quick, and oh so yummy!"

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pudgeman 179566
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"We grow our own blueberries. Some of them are as big as your thumb. These bars were so good and tasted of summer."

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Njgmoore 166889
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"This looks so good! I can't wait to make it! Waiting to make it when my Black Raspberry's are ready put those on top instead of the blueberry's...."

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sistersuzieQ 179138
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"Wonderful, light but tastes really naughty!"

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JeanGeair 162999
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

"This is the best if you like blueberries. And we do!!"

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cookieface 179564
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"I call this dessert "taste of heaven""

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texashill 162998
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Very light and tasty dessert. Good, but could be better. Next time I'll top with crushed walnuts."

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EdwinaBailey 122095
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"Very fast and easy dessert. Had a great taste."

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Deuce15 98564
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"Excellent, quick and not heavy, very enjoyable."

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Lucy Ann 165070
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"I made this for Father's Day and we all loved it. I used pecans in place of walnuts and absolutely love the crust. We will have it again."

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eddeiter 181826
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"I took this to a family reunion and everyone loved it! I will definitely make this again. I love the combination of the nuts and oats in the crust."

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HeHeKaren 98563
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"Very easy. Loved the freshness of the blueberries, the creaminess of the filling and the crunch of the crust. I will make this again."

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kchop 113512
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"Very easy to make, had everything on hand so didn't need to go shopping for ingredients. My sons really liked this. Will be making this again trying other fruits, as requested by my son."

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pattykasper@gmail.com 111826
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"First of all, bravo MS LISA.

This was a big hit in my house. Easy and delicious. Tastes like it took a lot longer to make than it actually did. I'm saving this one and will definitely be making it again!"

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bubba78236 166887
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"Very good! Easy to make. Great directions. I can't wait to make it again!"

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MMMelinsky 143600
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"I made this for the first time on Father's Day and my family unanimously gave it a 'thumbs-up'! This one's a keeper :) I also read the reviews and have to agree that this recipe doesn't totally seem to fit the "healthy" category, but that being said, anyone with health/medical issues can tweak the recipe to meet their needs (or choose not to make it at all). My husband and I are diabetic, among a few other health issues, but you can still indulge once in a while:)"

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MS LISA 98550
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Unless you have a degree in nutrition, please let the rest of us enjoy the recipe. A recipe review is....make the recipe, let us know how you liked it. If you like it, then be courteous enough to thank the person that shared it with us, for the rest of you, counting your transfats, great, I hope you all live forever. Maybe if you enjoyed a recipe every so often, you wouldn't be preaching to the masses. We're not stupid people, we like to enjoy life. Nobody is telling you to sit down and eat the whole thing."

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mamadea 183282
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"It's just a receipe! Use what you want. If you are well informed enough to know what is healthy and what is not then it

doesn't matter"

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Regi M 179137
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Decided to make this recipe as there were so many reviews. To further tick some of you off, I didn't use reduced fat butter or cream cheese and I used real whipped cream. I subsituted dark brown sugar for white in the crust/base and pecans for walnuts.Also added a teaspoon of cinnamon. Everyone loved it so will certainly be making again and will try seedless raspberry jam and fresh raspberries when they are in season. Do not intend to eat this everyday, so have no problem going for the better flavour of whole non-processed/manufactured foods."

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MaPeg29@AOL.Com 143599
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"This recipe sounds very good & I plan on trying it. If you can not eat graham crackers, butter, cream cheese, walnuts, sugar, or whipped topping don't make this recipe. It dose not make it unhealthy. If someone has a problem with any of these foods they know not to eat them, so don't make it. I don't like every recipe I see so I don't make them. Life is too short to get so worked up over a recipe & if it is healthy or not. People will eat what they want healthy or not."

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Netizen 179132
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"The poster of the recipe claims it is healthy. It isn't. Some people have health issues and need to avoid certain things. It is a disservice to call an unhealthy recipe healthy. Make it the way YOU want, but let others inform those that do not know, so that they can make informed choices."

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Candace LaPlant 210620
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Recipe was excellent! I also used butter in the crust.Yummy! I agree with chirey. Get over it people."

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chirey 113510
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Bring on the cool whip recipes! Full fat stuff not this reduced fat stuff. People get off your high horses and stop telling everyone your opinions on everything! If you don't like the ingredients DON'T use them. But stop preaching at those of us who want all the artificial GOODNESS! Eat your beansprouts and let everyone else eat what they want to. By the way I made these with regular butter (YUM!) full fat cream cheese and good old regular cool whip. DELICIOUS! Will definitely make again!"

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Netizen 143598
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"No tirade Lisa, just pointing out what the poster didn't seem to KNOW!"

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Willom 181824
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"I think it's a little naive of MS LISA to chastise those of us who would like to eat healthy. Get your head out of the sand. There are mountains of documentation that link ingredients such as trans fats to serious health problems, obesity and heart disease among them. Education and comments from concerned people can help others to change their eating habits, and this includes modifying recipes to make them truly more healthful."

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MS LISA 179561
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Please people, stop your tirades over the ingredients. You don't like the ingredients, move on. That being said, thanks for a great recipe!!"

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katzmomma 143597
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Re: cool whip - you can always make a healthy, although not "light," version using a little raw organic or turbinado sugar with organic cream."

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Netizen 166886
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Thanks for the yogurt and half & half substitution ideas. You can also use the cans of whipped topping. Check the ingredients, but most don't have partially hydrogenated oils in them. It seems like they stick partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup in almost everything these days!"

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Netizen 98549
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"healthy? Really? Frozen whipped toppings have partially hydrogenated oils/TRANS FATS in them. Check your graham crackers ingredient list. The ones I looked at have partially hydrogenated oils/TRANS FATS in them. No matter what you call them, TRANS FATS are NOT healthy and are very hard for the body to get rid of.

I wish people would pay attention and STOP calling things 'healthy' when they are NOT!"

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Netizen 98548
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"healthy? Really? Frozen whipped toppings have partially hydrogenated oils/TRANS FATS in them. Check your graham crackers ingredient list. The ones I looked at have partially hydrogenated oils/TRANS FATS in them. No matter what you call them, TRANS FATS are NOT healthy and are very hard for the body to get rid of.

I wish people would pay attention and STOP calling things 'healthy' when they are NOT!"

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SHOK 122094
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Why not use light cool whip if you don't like the content otherwise?"

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tarot55 179126
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"I substituted GreeK Yogurt for the cream cheese and Light Yogurt for the topping. Tasted just fine and lightened the calorie load a bit. Thank you for the recipe."

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Egoins777 97514
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Instead of using Cool Whip, make your topping from Half&Half. Much healthier than the chemicals in Cool Whip. Hope this helps."

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chuxman 111825
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"Ditto to the cool whip comment. When can we get away from dessert recipes using this. Practically all of the lower fat/sugar dessert recipes call for cool whip. Have you checked what it is made of???"

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kathyanne101 166885
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"it's a shame that so many desserts use 'whipped topping' (i.e., Cool Whip) -- which is NOT a healthy alternative to anything! This recipe sounded good until I saw that as one of its ingredients..."

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donnavo 122092
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"This was my first recipe I tried on this site and it was a hit! I have already been asked to make it again!"

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juneraymond 122075
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"so yummmy.will make it again for my seniors potluck"

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Amy the Midwife 164983
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"Very good dessert. I added another tablespoon or so of butter, because it seemed too crumbly. I wish I had added more since the crust was still more crumbly than I'd prefer (which defeats the purpose of it being heart healthy!). Next time I may also wait to put the blueberries on until closer to serving time so they don't "dye" the cream cheese topping."

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MissM_Home 113509
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2009

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With power-packing oats, walnuts and blueberries, kids aren't the only ones that are going to love this sweet treat. Health-minded parents can feel good about these bars, too. Dawn Onuffer - Crestview, Florida

SERVINGS: 12
CATEGORY: Lower Fat
METHOD: Baked
TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

Combine the walnuts, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, oats and butter. Press onto the bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
    In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
    In a microwave-safe bowl, heat preserves on high for 15-20 seconds or until warmed; gently stir in blueberries. Spoon over filling. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
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jdhennessey 111685
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2009

"I made this recipe thinking it sounded good, but didn't have real high hopes since it was so simple. It was soooooo yummy. Will definately make again."

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1Bockey 210619
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

"This is a delicious recipe! Everyone who tried it LOVED it. I will definitely make it again and again!"

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tibiaJ60 164979
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"I raffled it off at a bake off...the winner enjoyed it but she was not too keen on creamcheese so i just used cool whip and that worked great"

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Pinstripes 181823
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"Absolutely awesome recipe. Have made it many times since seeing it in print. A great dessert anytime!"

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marcypetersen 122032
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2009

"These were fabulous! I worried that using frozen blueberries would not work well, but they were wonderful. I doubled the blueberry jam and Cool Whip. I am going to use this crust in all my recipes calling for a graham cracker crust."

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ritacoan 181821
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009

"This is such a delicious recipe and so easy to make. I served it at a family get together this weekend and they couldn't believe that it was a healthy recipe. Thanks!!"

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