With Mother’s Day coming up over the weekend, it’s officially time to doll out the fruit desserts. Not that moms are fruity or anything. It’s just that Mother’s Day, flowers, spring, and fruit all come into season at the same time. How convenient is that? Regardless of the time of year, I think you (and moms everyone) are gonna love these Blueberry Lemon Pie Bars!
I love colorful desserts. It’s such a nice change of pace. And what a perfect time to add some color to your life than spring? It seems like the world is bursting with it right now!
When Shawn and I walk the dogs every day, we’re treated to all varieties of beautiful flowers and their accompanying smells. My daughter loves the peony bushes that we have several of in our back yard. Me? I will never tire of lilacs. Right now I have to go to neighbors’ yards to appreciate them, but someday soon I hope to plant a bush or two in our yard too.
Do you have a favorite springtime flower?
What You’ll Love About these Blueberry Lemon Pie Bars
The combination of the tart lemon and the fresh, sweet flavor of the blueberries combines so perfectly with this recipe. Of course, it’s hard to deny the role of the crispy crust too. There’s no doubt it’s a perfect springtime dessert.
Blueberries are another one of those antioxidant boosting super fruits that you want to get plenty of in your diet. Obviously that could be said for a lot of berries. They’re naturally nutrient dense because they’re usually fairly low in calories and high in nutrients.
There’s also some tofu in this recipe, and tofu delivers a bit of protein to this dessert. Protein in a dessert? Well, it happens sometimes. And I added some oatmeal to the crust, which not only adds a nice nutty flavor, but a little bit of nutrition as well.
If you’re going to a family gathering to celebrate mom, bringing this dessert along will definitely be a pleasant surprise. Then drop the bomb and tell everyone it’s vegan and be prepared for falling jaws.
I love surprising people like that. Don’t you?
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup dairy-free margarine
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 12 oz package of firm silken tofu, drained
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- zest of one lemon
- juice of one lemon
- 2 cups frozen blueberries (or fresh)
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- Heat your oven to 350F and line a square baking pan (I used an 8X8") with foil. Give that foil a light coating of vegetable spray.
- In a food processor combine the flour, margarine, powdered sugar, and oatmeal. Pulse until combined. Use a spatula to press down any ingredients on the sides of the container. Pulse again until smooth. Reserve about one cup of this mixture and press the rest of it into your prepared pan, being sure to distribute it evenly across the bottom.
- Don't bother cleaning out the food processor bowl. Simply add the silken tofu, half cup of sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice into the used food processor bowl. Pulse until combined and smooth. Pour this into the pan over the crust.
- In a medium-sized bowl add the frozen blueberries. Sprinkle the sugar and corn starch over the top of the blueberries. Add the lemon juice and gently stir to distribute equally across the blueberries without smashing them. Gently spoon the blueberry mixture over the lemon filling.
- Sprinkle dollops of the reserved cup of Crumbly Crust/Topping evenly over the top of the bars.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until the crust becomes a golden brown.
- When done, remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool before slicing. I think it's good to wait at least an hour, but you can extend that even longer. It makes for a perfect dish to make the day before a family gathering! When you're ready, simply pull the bars out of the pan by lifting both sides of the foil. This makes clean-up so easy!