A super creamy filling made using greek yogurt, topped with fresh blueberries and a crunchy base made with walnuts! Easy to make! Easier to eat!
I have had this recipe for a long time and it’s so fresh and simple that I thought I would share it with you today as Blueberry Season is upon us (well, some of you anyways!) It actually has a lot of healthy ingredients as well ~ Fresh blueberries, ground walnuts, coconut oil, and greek yogurt! You don’t have to feel as guilty eating this dessert!
These bars are made with fresh blueberries (unfortunately, not from my yard just yet, so these are from the grocery store ~ BC berries though!) Do not substitute frozen as the texture will be off and it will be runny as it’s not a cooked blueberry layer.
Let’s start with the base ~ that’s the hardest part of this recipe and even that is easy! You can either buy the ground walnuts, chops them up very finely or just grind them up yourself with your magic bullet, mini food processor or even coffee grinder. You need to cook the base but only for a few minutes ~ just to brown lightly and for the base to harden up. Cool on wire rack.
The middle layer whips up quickly. Pour it over the base. Then just mix up your berries and jam, spoon it over the middle layer and pop it in the fridge and dessert is ready when you are!
This is delicious and I hope it becomes one of your Family Favorites!
Fresh Blueberry Walnut Bars
- 2/3 cups ground walnuts (or chop really really well into tiny pieces ~ I prefer the chopped!)
- 1/2 cup graham crumbs
- 1 TBSP sugar
- 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 3 TBSP melted coconut oil or butter
- 1 8oz pkg reduced fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 TBSP orange juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt (pour off any liquid on the top of the yogurt)
- 2 TBSP jam (I only had apricot, but you could use blueberry, raspberry, strawberry or any jam you have)
- 2 cups fresh blueberries (do not use frozen!!!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 8×8 pan. Mix ground walnuts (or finely chopped), graham crumbs, sugar, oats and coconut oil (or butter) in a small bowl. Put in 8×8 pan and press with hands until even and firm. Cook for 10 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside while you make your filling (Make sure your crust is cool before adding filling)
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, orange juice, vanilla extract until combined and it’s nice and creamy. Slowly beat in greek yogurt until combined. Spoon filling into cooled crust. Spread to an even layer.
Warm the jam in the microwave for 30 seconds (just until its melted). Add to blueberries and stir to combine. Pour blueberry mixture over filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve! ENJOY!
Loving this Life Living “Around the Bay” ~ DD