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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DIY Smoothie Packs

Making DIY Smoothie Packs is one of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for the coming week. With Christmas just around the corner, people are on the go more than ever!  Christmas shopping, hockey practice and games, Christmas concerts, Christmas decorating, grocery shopping, running everyday errands, the list is endless!  Just by doing a little prep work could save a lot of time and dodge fast food impulses….which we all know is way to easy to do when you are busy out on the go and starving!!

My favorite way to avoid this is with my freezer DIY Smoothie Packs.  I usually do this on the weekend when I have extra time. I am not real adventurous with my packs!  Just some basic ingredients I have in the freezer and fridge and I can have a dozen packs whipped up in no time. A half hour in the kitchen on Sunday and hours saved during the week if you were making one separately every day…and we all know, if you have to haul out all the ingredients everyday, the chances of having a smoothie are slim to none! So do it all at once and save yourself some aggravation.

If you have fruit that is past it’s prime, it’s great for smoothies.  If you don’t have time to make your smoothie packs that day, just pop the fruit in the freezer and then use it to make your smoothie packs when you are ready.  I do this all the time with bananas….just break them in half before you freeze them. 

DIY SMOOTHIE PACKS

I use ziploc small storage lunch bags. Per bag add:

1 cup of fruit or any combination that you might have on hand (berries, apples, bananas, grapes, melons, pineapple, any fruit).  Fruit getting overripe….perfect for smoothies.  The frozen berries make the smoothie extra creamy like a milkshake.

1 TBSP Hemp seeds (a great source of Omega 3)

1 TBSP chia seeds or  flax seeds (great sources of fibre which means it keeps you full longer!)

2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard or a combination of all)

Seal bags and pop in the freezer.

When you want a smoothie. To a high speed blender add:

  • 1 cup of liquid (milk, almond milk, coconut milk, water, coconut water, orange juice, cold steeped green tea)
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
  • DIY Smoothie Pack.
  • A squirt of honey to sweeten it up (optional)
  • A couple handfuls of ice if you want a thicker smoothie

Blend until smooth.  A great healthy meal / snack that takes just minutes to prepare.

**Costco is a great place to buy bags of frozen fruits at really reasonable prices and they have a lot of variety!  I also buy their bags of spinach to use in my smoothies.  Super cheap!

Enjoy!!! 🙂

DD

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