No-bake blueberry jam bars

I have this grand vision of the (very) distant future: I am an awesome grandma and I always have some type of fresh-baked cookies waiting for visitors in the cookie jar.

For now, it’s this random Pyrex dish.

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Each week, there’s something entirely different for snacking: amazeballs, protein fudge, granola bars, cookies, muffins or whatever I decide to put together on the fly. Occasionally the “on the fly” recipes don’t turn out as anticipated, like the Paleo lemon bars I attempted last week that resulted in lemon-flavored egg soufflé. I still ate it, but I couldn’t get anyone else to join me 😉

This week’s creation is a liiiiiiltle different, and has been an awesome every snack: no added-sugar, a boost of fiber, protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. 

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I got the idea for this recipe from the amazing berry chia jam I made a couple of weeks ago. It was gone so quickly, and I knew it would make a fun bar component. I used some fresh blueberries we had on hand, and made a quick no-bake crust with almond meal, coconut oil, dates and sea salt. Pour the jam on the crust, refrigerate and boom: healthy snack for the week, ready to go!

No bake blueberry jam bars

This is especially fantastic with eggs for breakfast, plain as an afternoon snack, or crumbled onto your favorite yogurt. Let me know if you give it a try!

 

No-bake blueberry jam bars
Serves 4
A grain-free, vegan and delicious snack option with no added sugar. Enjoy these as part of your weekly meal prep!
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
For the crust
  1. 1 cup almond meal
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. pinch of sea salt
  4. 3 medjool dates, pitted
For the chia jam topping
  1. 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  2. juice of 1/2 lemon
  3. 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  4. pinch of sea salt
  5. 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. 1. In a food processor, pulse the almond meal, dates, sea salt and coconut oil until a dough forms. Press the dough onto the bottom of a small glass baking dish (mine was about 8x8 inches).
  2. 2. Prepare the jam by heating the blueberries and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the berries begin to pop and liquify.
  3. 3. Stir in the vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, lemon zest and chia seeds, and remove from heat. If you'd like a sweeter bar, you can also stir in some honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar to taste.
  4. 4. Pour the jam topping on top of the almond meal crust and use a spoon to evenly distribute the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before stirring covered in the fridge.
Notes
  1. To serve, sprinkle some shredded coconut on top!
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Have a wonderful day! Off to teach barre 🙂

xoxo

Gina

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Also, check yo chia seeds; heres’s recall info. xo

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Comments

  1. I have a very similar dream! I have always said that my life goal is to be a grandma. Ha! Thanks for the recipe – making these babies today!

  2. Yummmm!!! These sound awesome, Gina! I love, love, love blueberries! I wish I was headed to your class – boo. Enjoy!

  3. Yum, what a great twist on a morning baked good. I love almond meal, it adds such a great hearty flavor!

  4. These look amazing! I wish I had a grandmother who always had something baked for me because I never have time myself!!

  5. Yum! This looks delicious and healthy!

  6. Smart idea, this looks delicious! I haven’t tried adding almond meal to a no bake crust like that, definitely going to give it a try.

  7. Those sound really good. I never keep stuff like almond meal in the house (too expensive. 🙁 ), but they sound great.

  8. Courtni H says:

    This looks phenomenal! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  9. I can’t imagine how delicious and flavorful these are- especially with fresh summer berries!

  10. Yum, these look awesome, Gina! It’s kinda funny you always seem to post a new recipe when I have extra of whatever is your main ingredient. I’m going to make these tonight with the fresh blueberries I can’t seem to get through on my own! 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      haha! i read your mind 😉 we’ve been getting the giant containers of blueberries from costco and haven’t been finishing them lately. this was a great way to use the last bit! xo

  11. queenoffitness says:

    Gina,
    These look awesome and I have all the ingredients on hand. Yay!!

  12. I bought a boatload of blueberries this weekend and I had no idea what to do with them so I’m gonna be all over these!
    Thanks for sharing 😀

  13. These sound totally amazing! I think I might make them with some lemon rind in the crust and lemon extract in the jam. I love blueberries and lemons together!

  14. aaand this is getting made for the backyard party we’re having this weekend. 🙂 I was just thinking that i have all the food planned except for a dessert, and without something sweet why even bother with the party? 😉 this will be perfect to make the morning of!

  15. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Ooohhh I’m going to make that this weekend for my grandparents that are coming into town. I need to get rid of some dates anyway.

  17. Making these for suuuurrre!!!!! Perfect timing, too. My son went blueberry picking with his girlfriend this morning and brought me 2 HUGE bags of fresh bloobs!! I’m in blue heaven over here. Isn’t he a great son?? (Although I think I have his sweet girlfriend to thank more. Pretty sure it wasn’t his idea to go picking. Haha) I’m so blessed. Thanks for the fun recipe 🙂

  18. Ooooh! These look so yummy!

  19. these look delicious!

  20. I love making my own muffins for breakfast. Almond banana nut muffin are a regular in my rotation. I don’t have a lot of luck making my own bars. They always fall aparat. 🙁

  21. These look amazing!! I think I’m going to make a raspberry version today because that’s whG I have on hand!

  22. Ooh, I want to try this with the homemade apricot jam my neighbor made for us!

  23. Love this! The ingredients are so simple too!!

  24. Are you teaching at Pure Barre or Barre Body? I’m a Barre Body gal and would love to take your class.

  25. Yum! This sounds amazing! I made my first batch of chia jam last week with plums from our tree and that would work perfect with this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  26. I’d love to be a Grandma too!
    Maybe I should start with being a Mom first, lol.

    These look so good! I love the jam-combo!! Pinned!

  27. What kind of barre class are you teaching? I would love to see some more barre videos on your blog! Thanks!!

  28. These look so amazing!! Definitely in the mood for something blueberry now!

  29. Sarah Raney says:

    I found these after Kath tweeted about them and they were a HUGE hit at a party I just attended 🙂 only change I made was to double the recipe for a 9×13 pan and add 2 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil to the jam. Awesome flavor! Love this recipe! So simple and delicious!

    • Fitnessista says:

      i’m so happy they liked them!!! and i LOVE your idea to add lavender. blueberry and lav are one of my favorite combos 🙂 xoxo

  30. Maureen says:

    Gina!! These look amazing! Whipping them up for a 4th of July fiesta tomorrow with friends! Thanks for all the recipes lately- they’ve all been awesome!! 🙂

  31. Looks incredible! I love easy treats like this- no sugar is a definite plus!

  32. I can’t get over how delicious these are! Thank you!

  33. These are SO GOOD!!!!!!!! I followed recipe exactly – delicious! Mine didn’t quite fit into an 8×8 pan. SO GOOD!

  34. Can wait to try it! What can I use instead of the dates?

  35. quick question can I leave the dates out?! Don’t have any, and our grocery store doesn’t carry them! Plan on making this tonight! 🙂

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