Easy as Pie: Quick and Delicious Blueberry Pie Bars

These bars are easy as pie — perfect for when you want blueberry pie without all the hassle!

blueberry pie bars, fresh flowers from the garden

This recipe comes together in a flash and is bursting with decadent berry flavor, a hint of lemon, and cinnamon! It’s an ideal treat to make when you’re looking for a classic dessert, but still want something a little bit unexpected to keep everyone on their toes. Plus, these delicious treats work just as well as breakfast bars for busybodies on the go.

blueberry pie pars

For the crust/crumb topping:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup cold butter, sliced into chunks
  • 1 large egg

Berries:

  • 4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

  • Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 9 x 13″ pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine sugars, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and zest. Use a fork or your hands to blend in the cold butter and egg. Mix together until the dough is crumbly. Pat ½ of this mixture into the pan and set the rest aside — the rest will go on top of the blueberry layer for a nice, crumbly topping.
  • In another bowl, stir together sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Gently fold in the blueberries. Once combined, pat the blueberry mixture evenly onto the crust, then follow up with crumbling the remaining dough on top of the blueberries.
  • Pop into your preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack completely before slicing. You can even store these bars in the fridge, they will keep longer and hold together nicely. Enjoy!

blueberry pie bars

It only took a day or two before the entire pan was completely devoured in my home, but these bars should keep nicely in the fridge or out for up to a week. You could even substitute another berry if you wish — I think raspberries would be lovely in this recipe and might try it out soon.

I hope you enjoy these blueberry pie bars and please let me know what you think in the comments!

Orange Honey Cake: A Citrus Treat for Spring

An Orange Honey Cake is a deliciously subtle springtime staple! Flavored with honey, orange, and spices, it’s a simple but delectable treat that perfectly complements a cup of tea or coffee. It’s moist, perfectly sweet, nicely spiced, and the best part: it’s so easy.

Honey and orange both scream Spring and adding a few flowers into the mix really livens things up as well — as undemanding as this recipe is, it’s so easy and fun to add things to it to make it feel like a celebration.

  • 1 cup raw organic honey
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • confectioner’s sugar and flowers for garnish (optional – but pretty!)

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8″ round cake pan.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
  • In an electric mixer or separate bowl, beat honey, eggs, butter, and orange juice until well incorporated.
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients and blend until just incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until the cake is set and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes until setting it free and leaving it on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Garnish with confectioner’s sugar and a few fresh flowers if desired before serving, and enjoy!

This is a cake that gets even better after it sits awhile, so don’t worry about having to eat it all the same day! I find the cloves and ginger really complement the brightness of the orange flavor mixed with the warmth of the honey… if you’re a fan of no-fuss and relatively basic treats, give this a try! I hope you enjoy it.

Hopefully everybody had a lovely & peaceful Easter weekend. Celebrate your next spring event with this deliciously simple honey cake and let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂