Blueberry Crumble Bars are buttery, sweet and loaded with juicy, fresh blueberries. These are the perfect summery blueberry dessert!
Love blueberries? Make sure to try my super easy Blueberry Cobbler recipe!
This post was originally published in 2016. The photos and tips have been updated in 2021. The recipe remains the same!
These Blueberry Crumble Bars Are Going To Be Your Favorite Summer Dessert Recipe!
If you love a good fruit dessert for the summer, and want to do something a little different than a cobbler or fruit salad, these Blueberry Crumble Bars are exactly what you’re looking for! These sweet bars are always the hit of every BBQ, party, or event, and I’m constantly being asked for the recipe!
The Crumble Topping Is Also the Crust!
What makes these blueberry bars so easy is that the crumb topping is also the crust! This makes the prep step extra easy! The crumb topping is a buttery streusel-style layer that you simply press half of into the bottom of the pan and then top with the remaining mixture.
It’s sweet and rich, with the perfect texture thanks to the rolled oats!
- all purpose flour
- old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
- light brown sugar
- kosher salt
- granulated sugar
- lemon juice
Tips When Making Blueberry Crumble Bars:
What I love most about this recipe is that it’s very easy. Here are a few tips to make the process super simple!
- I use my blender to combine the ingredients, but you can easily use a food processor. Or if elbow grease and a pastry cutter is your favorite method use “Quick Oats” in place of the old fashioned.
- Coating the fresh blueberries in sugar and cornstarch makes a sweet filling and also thickens it up thanks to the cornstarch!
- The blueberries will begin to bubble as they bake. This means the bars are just about done! Don’t over-bake the bars, as this will make the crust and the topping too hard to cut successfully. Trust me on this!
Can You Use Frozen Blueberries?
Yes you absolutely can, just thaw out the blueberries and pat them dry! This is a great recipe to make during blueberry season when they are the ripest, but frozen blueberries are a great alternate! I always buy or pick extra blueberries during peak season so I can freeze and enjoy them all year long!
How Do You Store These Blueberry Bars?
I recommend storing these bars in the refrigerator, airtight, for up to 3 days. You CAN store them at room temperature, but I would only advise doing that for 1 overnight. The moisture in the blueberries will cause the topping to get a little soggy, and the refrigeration helps slow this process!
Can You Freeze Blueberry Crumble Bars?
Yes, absolutely! These bars freeze very well! Allow them to thaw in the refrigerator, and you can enjoy them chilled, or at room temperature!
Looking For More Blueberry Recipes? Try These:
- Blueberry Sour Cream Cake
- Classic Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Pancakes
- Blueberry Muffin Cake
- Blueberry Banana Bread
- Blueberries and Cream Muffins
Sweet Blueberry Crumble Bars are going to be the hit of your next BBQ!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 1/2 cups blueberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- Crumble Mixture: In your blender or food processor pulse together flour, oats, brown sugar and salt until combined. Add in the cold butter and pulse until combined and resembles very coarse sand.
- Divide the mixture in half and press half into the bottom of the prepared pan to form the crust. Set aside.
- Filling: In a large bowl whisk together the granulated sugar and cornstarch. Add in the blueberries and coat in the sugar mixture. Add in the lemon juice and stir to combine.
- Spread the blueberries on top of the crust.
- Finally spread the remaining crust mixture on top of the blueberries and press lightly.
- Refrigerate the pan for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 35-40 minutes until the fruit starts to bubble.
Don’t over-bake, as the crust will become too hard.
Chilling the bars before baking is not optional!
Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Keywords: cookies and cups, blueberry dessert, blueberry crumble, bar desserts, summer desserts
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