A healthier take on the traditional fruit square. Zero trans fats, so you can add your own by serving with ice cream!

Janet

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place chickpeas, 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and salt in a food processor. Blend to a dough-like consistency; press into an 8x11-inch baking pan.

  • Bake crust in the preheated oven until crisp and lightly browned, 20 minutes.

  • Combine blueberries, white sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan; cook over medium-low heat until blueberries have reduced, 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk cornstarch and water together in a small bowl; stir into blueberry mixture. Cook until mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour blueberry mixture onto the cooked crust.

  • Mix 1 1/2 cup rolled oats, flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda together in a large bowl until bread crumb consistency. Sprinkle over blueberry mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until blueberry filling is bubbling and crumble topping is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 22.7g; fat 5.2g; sodium 136mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (22)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2013
I loved the idea of using garbanzo beans in these bars! I ended up not having as many berries as I thought I had so used apples and pears to have enough fruit. The flavor is delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/07/2014
Original post of 5 stars: I tried these for the first time today and was pleased with the results! Because I don't own a food processor I used my KitchenAid mixer to make the bottom layer and it worked out just fine. I used my 7x11 baking dish so the bottom needed 30 minutes to bake instead of 20. I will possibly try baking it in a bigger dish next time. The only change I made to the bottom layer was to add just a shake of salt instead of the whole 1/4 t. I made the blueberry mixture just as it said to. I also made the top just as suggested although I'm going to add cinnamon next time. I baked them for about 25 minutes and couldn't wait until they were cool to take a bite! These would definitely be good with some ice cream or Cool Whip especially when warm! I was hesitant to bake with garbanzo beans but now I won't be anymore. Thanks for sharing your healthy recipe Janet! Edit with change to 2 stars: Turns out these blueberry squares were good only for the first day. After that they turned very soggy and inedible. I ended up throwing away over half of the recipe. Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/15/2013
I loved the idea of using garbanzo beans in these bars! I ended up not having as many berries as I thought I had so used apples and pears to have enough fruit. The flavor is delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(8)
Rating: 2 stars
08/07/2014
Original post of 5 stars: I tried these for the first time today and was pleased with the results! Because I don't own a food processor I used my KitchenAid mixer to make the bottom layer and it worked out just fine. I used my 7x11 baking dish so the bottom needed 30 minutes to bake instead of 20. I will possibly try baking it in a bigger dish next time. The only change I made to the bottom layer was to add just a shake of salt instead of the whole 1/4 t. I made the blueberry mixture just as it said to. I also made the top just as suggested although I'm going to add cinnamon next time. I baked them for about 25 minutes and couldn't wait until they were cool to take a bite! These would definitely be good with some ice cream or Cool Whip especially when warm! I was hesitant to bake with garbanzo beans but now I won't be anymore. Thanks for sharing your healthy recipe Janet! Edit with change to 2 stars: Turns out these blueberry squares were good only for the first day. After that they turned very soggy and inedible. I ended up throwing away over half of the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2014
For being a vegan dessert, this recipe was nearly as good as the buttery fruit bars. Only real change I made was using Mazola corn oil, mostly, as I only had about 2 Tblsp left of olive oil. I like that this had a lot of fiber with the beans, rolled oats, and all of the blueberries and it used oil instead of butter or shortening. Although, I could slightly taste the garbanzo beans. They do have a distinct taste. Also, the crust starts to get soggy by the 2nd day in the fridge. So, consider that with 24 bars, even if they are on the small size. Also, with the fruit, a large pack of blueberries, or whole sales club size, is really needed to get 3 full cups unless lucky enough to have a blueberry bush with abundant berries available. I used a 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2-inch disposable pan sprayed with PAM. The bars cut out very nicely, but the topping is a little lose. Freshly made it was rather tasty with a little whipped topping or vanilla ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2012
The taste for a vegan dessert was great! A couple of adjustments I'd make next time: I'd use a 9x13 pan and I'd add water or vegan spread like Earth Balance or something. I used fresh raspberries and it was yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2013
Very tasty! A bit sweet though so I'll add less sugar. And the topping volume was too much compared to the blueberry and crust. Will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2014
Surprisingly good! Served w/ a dallop of honey greek yogurt a great snack for kids (or who are we kidding a treat). Full of protein fiber vitamins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2014
Really great dessert without too much guilt! I added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. nutmeg to both the crust and the topping. Gave it the added flavor other reviewers indicated it needed. I agree there was too much topping especially flour. Plan to cut back on that next time and maybe add a little more oil to help it congeal better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2015
Very very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2016
Made a double batch of dough then made 1 with strawberry sauce and 1 with apple pie filling chopped finally. Read More
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