the problem with living in a house with just two people is that if you open a container of dessert, say, blueberry oat pecan crumble bars, and notice that the quantity of the dessert has been reduced by half over the course of 24 hours, and you ask the only other person who lives in the house if he ate any of the bars and he says no, then you are forced to accept the discomforting idea that someone has snuck in off the street to eat dessert out of your fridge, without leaving a trace or taking anything (else) of value.
and that was the first version of these blueberry oat pecan crumble bars, before i perfected the recipe! i can only imagine how much more i, i mean, this dessert thief might have eaten, had the first version of the “bars” not required a spoon or fork to scoop up all of the loose crumbs that refused to stay attached to the top of the bars.
luckily in subsequent batches of the bars, i figured out how to get the crumble top to not be *quite* so crumbly (i feel sure there must be some french phrase that translates as, “just add more fat and all of your problems will be solved”).
ok, have i convinced you yet that you need to make these, stat, before all the blueberries are gone (though honestly i think good frozen blueberries would also work)? how about if i mention that they have a nice pecan flavor that complements the blueberries in the most perfect way? or if i tell you how these prefer to be stored in the refrigerator and keep well for several days? barring the entrance of any dessert thieves, of course…
hopefully that’s sufficiently persuasive, because those tiny wild blueberries aren’t going to stick around forever (sadly), especially since i heard a rumor that fall is on the way. until then, these. make them. please and thank you.
ps – dairy free/vegan/gluten free friends: don’t tell our non-vegan, gluten- and dairy-loving friends but these blueberry oat pecan crumble bars just so happen to be gluten free and dairy free/vegan. but in a very secretive way, which is the best way, no?
blueberry crumb bars (with ginger! also gluten free)
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