World Baking Day – Orange, Blueberry Oat Bars and Homemade Apple Sauce


OK, I couldn’t not bake something on World Baking Day, despite it falling on the day before my final exam. Are you all sick of hearing about these blasted exams now? It’s OK, I am too!

So, these bars are so delicious. They are sweet, fruity, crisp, wholesome, antioxidant and vitamin rich, fat free and low in calories. They work both as a breakfast treat or as dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream.

They take just 5-10 minutes of actual work, then 30 minutes in the oven.

Orange, Blueberry Oat Bars.

Ingredients: Makes 9 bars

  • 125g fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raw brown sugar (or sweetener of choice, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar, stevia, Sukrin etc)
  • Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from the 2 zested oranges, divided)
  • seeds from half a vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 3 cups/330g oatmeal (gf approved if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 175g/6 oz unsweetened applesauce (recipe follows or use ready made)
  • 6 tablespoons raw brown sugar or other sweetener
  • 8 tablespoons soya milk
Preparing to bake

Preparing to bake


  1. Preheat oven to 180’c/375’f. Grease a 8 inch square baking dish or similar with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, orange zest and 1/4 cup of the juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup orange juice with the cornflour until smooth. When the blueberryΒ mixtureΒ comes to a boil, stir in the vanilla and the cornflour mixture. Continue to stir for a further minute as the mixture boils and thickens then remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Put 1 1/2 cups of the oatmeal into a blender and grind it to a fine powder. Pour it into a medium mixing bowl and add the remaining oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix well then stir in the apple sauce, sugar and soya milk until well combined and you have a slightly sticky dough like mixture.
  5. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing well to cover the bottom of the pan. Then spread over the blueberry mixture then the remaining oat dough.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.


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Inspired by FatFree Vegan Kitchen


Lemon and Vanilla Apple Sauce.

Ingredients: Makes approximately 700g

  • 800g eating apples
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 large lemon


  1. Core the apples, no need to peel and roughly chop into inch cubes.
  2. Add to a large pan, grate over the lemon zest and squeeze in the juice. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod then add the pod.
  3. Cook over a medium heat, stirring every few minutes until the apples are broken down and pulpy, about 10 minutes. Blitz in a food processor for a smooth sauce or leave as it is for a chunky sauce.
  4. Leave to cool, add to plastic tubs and keep in the fridge for a week or freeze.

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30 Responses to World Baking Day – Orange, Blueberry Oat Bars and Homemade Apple Sauce

  1. The Vegan Green says:

    Lovely πŸ™‚

  2. These bars look fantastic! There’s a nearby blueberry farm that we pick all our blueberries from and I still have some blueberries in the freezer from last year’s crop, now I know what to do with them.I will definitely trying these bars with the GF option!

    • Poppy says:

      Thanks Dee! That’s amazing that you pick your own blueberries from a local farm.My local pick your own doesn’t have blueberries 😦 I hope you enjoy the recipe! Poppy πŸ™‚

  3. laurasmess says:

    Aw yum! I love any bars that have a crumbly, crunchy oat base… these sound perfect. Your applesauce recipe sounds delicious too! I make mine similarly but I’ve recently started adding rhubarb too (I had some hanging around the house one day, so I added it, and now I’m hooked!). Thanks for sharing your recipe, and glad that exams are soon to be over!

  4. Ally says:

    The oat bars look delicious! So does the applesauce.
    My oven celebrated World Baking Day by deciding to stop working. So, no baking for me at the moment.

    • Poppy says:

      Oh Ally that’s horrible, I’m so sorry! I once had an oven and hob die on me whilst cooking for a dinner party! Hope you can have it fixed soon πŸ™‚

  5. Poppy this sound so perfect for my taste. I love homemade applesauce and I can imagine the vanilla really giving a nice flavor. I think I’ll take mine chunky…please! πŸ™‚

    • Poppy says:

      Glad you like the sound of this recipe! The vanilla aroma is beautiful as are the tiny flecks running through! I like it chunky if I am eating it as it is, but I blend it if using it in a baking recipe.:)

  6. How did I miss World Baking Day?! Good luck with your last exam – these look delicious, you’ll have something to look forward to after it!

  7. Sophie33 says:

    MMM,…Poppy! Your bars are calling my name & mouthy & that home-made apple sauce looks smashing too! It must be well perfumed by that vanilla! I would eat these bars just like that without the apple sauce! Yummm!

  8. Ohh, another recipe to try! The bars look so yummy!

  9. charferg says:

    These look wonderful! I always think recipes with fruit in look so beautiful

  10. Becky says:

    This sounds lovely! I like the idea of adding lemon to your applesauce – I bet it has a nice tang.

  11. Katiepies says:

    Reblogged this on Katiepies and commented:
    These look amazing. We will be trying this recipe asap!

  12. Yum! I can’t wait to try making the Orange, Blueberry Oat Bars!

  13. Zest says:

    Hi Poppy, this sounds delish! Thank you for stopping by and liking a post on the Sunshine Scrapbook πŸ™‚

  14. gentletemple says:

    Reblogged this on gentletemple and commented:
    I just went blueberry picking…gotta try these!

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