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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. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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: 2 fat, 1 starch.

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Lv2butr
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"I absolutely love these bars."

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ranchmomma
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"Very tasty and everyone enjoyed it."

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kc2003sbcglobal
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
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

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

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mommawedgy
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

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

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Sundayfood
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"easy, quick, and oh so yummy!"

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pudgeman
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
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
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"Wonderful, light but tastes really naughty!"

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JeanGeair
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

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

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