Fresh Blueberry Walnut Bars

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

  • Servings: 6-9
  • Difficulty: Easy
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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!

THE CRUST

  • 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

THE FILLING

  • 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!!!)

PREPARATION:

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!

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Glazed Orange Banana Muffins

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Another banana muffin recipe??? Ho Humm…N.O.T. !!! Healthier Ingredients ✔ Moist ✔ Delicious ✔ Orange Flavor ✔ If you like oranges and have extra ripe bananas sitting on your counter, stop everything and make these muffins ~ NOW!!!

If you are not a fan of banana muffins, these Glazed Orange Banana Muffins do not taste like banana ~ lots of orange flavor from the zest in the muffin and the orange juice in the glaze. Give these muffins a try and you might be surprised that you love them!

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This recipe is was inspired by Ina Garten’s “Old Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting” but my version is lightened up quite a bit with whole wheat flour, less sugar, coconut oil, greek yogurt and a nice orange glaze instead of a thick cream cheese icing. I also turned them into nice portable muffins instead of a cake.

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I love citrus flavors but my husband does not, so I used half the orange zest in the muffin and half the orange juice in the glaze but feel free to use the zest of one orange and 2 tbsp of orange juice for the glaze if you and your family are orange lovers.  By the way, my husband never noticed the orange flavor…my lips are sealed until he reads this post 🙂  My NEW favorite way to use up overripe bananas.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

NOTE:  You could also add a cup of chocolate chips to create an amazing orange chocolate muffin! How many of you love that combination!! 

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Glazed Orange Banana Muffins

  • Servings: Makes 12 muffins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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“With healthier ingredients, these moist, orange flavored muffins with the most delicious orange glaze are so good you won’t be able to stop eating them”

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2 ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar, not packed
½ cup melted coconut oil
2 extra large eggs, room temperature
½ cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
Grated Zest of one orange
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup walnuts, chopped
12 walnut pieces (for decorating)

Glaze
1 cup icing sugar
2 TBSP orange juice

Preparation:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line muffin tin with muffin liners. Set aside.
2.  In a mixing bowl, mix bananas and sugars on low speed until combined.  On low speed, mix in the oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla and orange zest.  Mix until smooth.
3.  In separate bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, salt and baking powder. With mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.  Mix just until combined.  Stir in the walnuts and mix just until combined.
4.  Using an ice cream scoop, add scoops of batter to your muffin liners, fill to almost the tops of the muffin liners.  Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from muffin tin and cool on a cooling rack.
5.  Once cooled, mix the icing sugar and orange juice until smooth.  Dunk the top of each muffin into the glaze mixture, allowing the excess glaze to drip off.  Decorate each muffin with a walnut piece.  Enjoy!

NOTE:  Add a cup of chocolate chips if you like the orange / chocolate combination! Really who doesn’t! 

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Loving this Life Living “Around the Bay” ~ DD

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