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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

Psst. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway today!

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

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50 Comments

  1. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on June 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

    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!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

      haha! let me know how they turn out 🙂

      • Racheal @ Running with Racheal on June 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

        LOVED them! So did my daughter and husband. Thanks for another great recipe Gina!

        • Fitnessista on June 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

          yay! so glad to hear it 🙂
          xo

  2. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on June 24, 2014 at 8:06 am

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

  3. Brynn on June 24, 2014 at 8:06 am

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

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

      it does! awesome nutty texture 🙂

  4. Britt@MyOwnBalance on June 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

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

  5. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on June 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Yum! This looks delicious and healthy!

  6. Chicago Jogger on June 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

    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. Beks on June 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

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

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

      i like to buy it at trader joe’s — much less expensive

      • Beks on June 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        Good to know! We have one of those in Omaha! It’s hard to get to, but it’s there! 🙂

    • Stacey on June 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Do you ever buy bulk raw almonds? Just grind those up in a food processor as needed. Boom! Almond meal.

  8. Courtni H on June 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

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

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

      if you do, let me know what you think! 🙂

  9. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on June 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

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

  10. Lauren on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    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 on June 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

      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 on June 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

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

  12. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on June 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

    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. Alex @ Kenzie Life on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    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. RachelG on June 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    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. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on June 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Kara H. on June 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    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. Tracy on June 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    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. Emily @ Fit as a Mother... on June 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Ooooh! These look so yummy!

  19. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna on June 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    these look delicious!

  20. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on June 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    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. Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free on June 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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

  22. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on June 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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

  23. Ari@The Diva Dish on June 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Love this! The ingredients are so simple too!!

  24. Allison on June 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Barre body! 🙂

      • Allison on June 25, 2014 at 12:46 am

        Congratulations!! Great news (:

  25. Giselle Schroer on June 25, 2014 at 12:49 am

    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. Lucie@FitSwissChick on June 25, 2014 at 3:08 am

    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. Faith on June 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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

  28. Alexis Schroeder on June 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

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

  29. Sarah Raney on June 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    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 on June 30, 2014 at 1:50 am

      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 on July 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    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. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine on July 6, 2014 at 1:47 am

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

  32. kelsey on July 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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

  33. Annie on July 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2014 at 12:08 am

      yay, i’m so glad you enjoyed them!!

  34. Natalia on August 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

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

  35. Becca on August 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      what about dried apricots?

      • Becca on August 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

        Thank you!!! 😀

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