Blueberry Pie Bars

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Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don’t have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make this blueberry dessert with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don't have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make these with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

Best Ever Blueberry Dessert Recipe

Blueberry pie is such a classic, but I’m not much of a pie-maker. I’m indifferent about pie crust and making a pie just to eat filling sounds like way too much work.

With these blueberry pie bars, there’s no crust to roll out, no mixer or rolling pin needed, and there’s an abundance of sweet blueberry filling. Now we’re talking!

The blueberry pie bars have a soft yet crisp, buttery, shortbread-style crust. The crust mixture does double duty as the crumble topping. Love it when that happens so there’s one less step and one less bowl to wash.

Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don't have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make these with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

There’s a creamy filling that tops the crust, which gives the bars a soft yet dense texture. Blueberries top the filling layer and they soften and release their juices while baking. All those juicy berries help to create extremely moist bars.

The crumbly bits on top of the bars add welcome texture and dimension to the soft filling and juicy berries. I love streusel or crumble toppings and will take crumble topping over pie crust any day. 

The blueberry bars are super soft and tender in the interior while the crust is firmer. The contrast of soft and firm makes you want to keep on taking bite after bite of these blue beauties.

Between the firm crust, the soft filling, the juicy blueberries, and the sandy crumbles, the bars have so many wonderful textures and flavors in every thick bite. 

They taste fancy enough to serve at a special event, luncheon, or brunch, yet are so homey and comforting. I’ll take a pie bar over pie any day!

Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don't have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make these with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

What’s in These Blueberry Pie Bars? 

For this easy blueberry dessert recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Greek yogurt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Blueberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Cornstarch

Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Blueberries? 

I used frozen blueberries because they’re cheaper, readily available year-round, and went straight from freezer to mixing bowl. I always bake with frozen. If you have fresh, they’d be lovely and you’ll need to reduce the baking time.

Can I Use Other Berries in This Recipe? 

Most likely, yes! I’ve had readers report success using frozen mixed berry blends in this recipe. Just remember that your bake time will vary depending on whether you use frozen or fresh berries, no matter what type you use!

Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don't have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make these with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

How to Make Blueberry Pie Bars

This is one of my all-time favorite blueberry dessert recipes, not only because it’s delicious but because it’s so easy too! Here’s how the blueberry pie bars are made: 

  1. Make the dough for the crust and streusel topping: Set 3/4 cup of the mixture aside (that’s your topping).
  2. Press the rest of the dough into the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Pack the dough down so there are no gaps. 
  3. Make the creamy filling: Then, pour it over the crust. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the filling out evenly. 
  4. Make the blueberry filling: Sprinkle evenly over the filling.
  5. Crumble the streusel topping over the blueberries, then bake the pie bars until the edges are bubbling vigorously. The crumble topping should be pale golden in color. 

Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don't have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make these with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Mostly likely, yes! Simply double the ingredients and bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish. You may need to bake the bars for slightly longer if using a larger pan. 

Can I Make These Bars Gluten-Free?

It is hard to say since I have never made this specific blueberry dessert with gluten-free flour, so I cannot comment on results based on my personal experience. I have only made it as written.

Blueberry pie bar collage

Recipe Substitutions to Try

If you’ve never made this blueberry dessert recipe before, I suggest making it exactly as written before you start adjusting the ingredients. 

However, if you’re one of the many readers who make these bars summer after summer, feel free to experiment with one of the following ingredient swaps: 

  • Flour: I’ve only made this recipe as written, but I’ve had readers report success using Gluten-Free 1 for 1 flour. 
  • Sugar: If your berries are super sweet, you’re likely fine to scale back the sugar in the fillings to 1/4 each. 
  • Greek yogurt: Use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt. Or, use sour cream. Do NOT use regular yogurt. 
  • Blueberries: Fresh or frozen will work. Or, use another berry altogether. 

Blueberry Pie Bars — These pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They have the flavors you love in a blueberry pie, but you don't have to mess around with homemade pie crust. If desired, you can easily make these with fresh blueberries instead of frozen! 

Tips for Making Blueberry Pie Bars

Bake time: When baking these blueberry pie bars, watch your dessert, not the clock, to determine doneness. The middle of the pie bars should just be starting to bubble up, while the edges should be bubbling a lot. The crumble topping won’t be a deep golden brown, but rather a pale golden color. 

Cooling time: You’ll need to let these pie bars cool completely before slicing them (they can cool on your countertop, no need to store in the fridge). If you try to slice these before they’re cooled completely, they’ll fall apart and will make a huge mess. 

To freeze: If desired, you can freeze these bars once they’ve cooled on your countertop. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to eat the frozen bars, just place them on the counter to thaw. 

 
 

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Yield: 9 servings

Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars

These blueberry pie bars are one of my all-time favorite frozen blueberry recipes! They're super moist and the streusel topping is irresistible!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

Crust and Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste

Filling

  • 1 large egg
  • heaping 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt; or sour cream (lite is okay)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Blueberry Layer

  • 12 ounces (2 cups) blueberries (fresh or frozen; I used frozen and didn’t thaw)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or 1/2 cup if berries are sour)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside. Lining the pan will really help with cleanup and is recommended.

Make the Crust and Crumble Topping

  1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  2. Add the sugars and whisk to combine.
  3. And the flour, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will be very dry and sandy with some larger, well-formed crumble pieces.
  4. Set a heaping 3/4 cup crumble mixture aside.
  5. Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust; set aside.

Make the Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, add the egg, Greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the flour and whisk to combine.
  3. Evenly pour filling over the crust and jiggle pan to help distribute it or smooth it with a spatula; set aside.

Make the Blueberry Layer

  1. In a separate medium mixing bowl, add all filling ingredients and toss to combine. If sugar hasn’t dissolved fully or still has crystals, that’s okay because it liquifies while baking.
  2. Evenly distribute blueberry mixture over the filling.
  3. Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 3/4 cup crust mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.

Bake the Bars

  1. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until edges are bubbling quite vigorously and there’s some bubbling in the center. Crumble topping should appear set and very pale golden.*
  2. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 1 to 2 hours (overnight is even better) before slicing and serving. If you try to slice bars before they’ve cooled completely, they’ll be extremely messy and could fall apart. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 10 days (they’re good slightly chilled if you like chilled pie), or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Notes

*Note: I used frozen berries without thawing and the pan was very cold going into the oven. If using fresh berries, baking time will be reduced, but I’m not sure by how much, I’d guess at least 10-15 minutes, possibly less. Watch your bars, not the clock, when evaluating doneness.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 5g

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Blueberry Lemon Bundt Cake — The cake is packed with sweet, juicy blueberries and while there’s lemon in the batter, it’s the lemon glaze that really brings out the tartly-sweet lemon flavor that complements the blueberries so well!

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Reposted July 13, 2019 and reposted May 13, 2022 with updated text.

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  1. I make my husband a blueberry dessert every year for his birthday and other times throughout the year. This is the absolute best blueberry recipe I have ever made! It is the perfect amount of sweet and sour, soft and crunchy. I will definitely make this over and over again. I used half sour cream, half greek yogurt. Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and letting me know that it’s the best, blueberry dessert you’ve ever made, and you will make it over and over again! It’s one of my personal favorite recipes and everyone always adores this recipe!

  2. What a great recipe!   I wanted something a little more deserty then pie and this was spot on!   The cream middle added just a perfect little creaminess to it.   I didn’t want to run to the store so my only sub was dark brown sugar for the light brown.   My frozen blueberries were slightly tart so it balanced nicely.   Boyfriend gobbled it up watching football – and actually called to the kitchen that he loved it. (Amazing in it self lol) Thanks for your hard work and extra tips to help it bake correctly. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks And I’m glad these turned out great for you! And that you were able to use what you had on hand and not run to the store and your boyfriend gobbled them up!

  3. These bars are perfection! I needed a simple, quick recipe for a gathering and these worked beautifully. Everyone loved them! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  4. Just finished making these, they look AMAZINGG!! Thank you so much for the recipe. Definitely will try your other recipes too : )

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad they are amazingggg! One of my personal fave desserts, too!

  5. We made the blueberry pie bars and they were out of this world. Easy recipe. Greek yogurt makes them so rich. We will be making these again this week!Question, can you substitute the egg for anything? Our grandchild is highly allergic to eggs and we are always looking to adapt good recipes.Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  6. I made this blueberry pie bars today,,,came out great, except the bottom crust was very hard,,, wondering if I baked it a bit too long,, the center was just starting to bubble when I took it out,, Love the blueberry layer, I think I had a bit more than 2 cups of berries and baked it about 70 minutes instead of 60.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and yes if they were hard on the bottom, you could have just baked 60 rather than 70 minutes is my guess. If you stick with the recommended amount of berries it should bake in the allotted time, without having the crust overbake slightly.

  7. Love these! I make them with Bob’s Red Mill  1 to 1 gluten-free baking flour, Miyoko‘s creamery vegan  butter and Siggy‘s plant-based vanilla cinnamon yogurt.  They turn out wonderfully every time!  I have both gluten and dairy sensitivities and these adapt well to GF and plant-based ingredients 😊

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these were great with the Bob’s GF 1:1 as well as the with vegan butter and Siggy’s. That is awesome you made them vegan and GF and said that the recipe adapts well to the changes.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you’ve made them twice and that you wouldn’t change a thing!

  8. These are great, both in flavor and ease of preparation!  After cooling and chilling overnight, they set up beautifully, tasted light and refreshing and were voted a keeper recipe by all.  I did need to bake about 10 minutes more but the recipe instructions to watch for the bubbling middle were spot on.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and these were a winner! Yes, baking time can really vary on this recipe based on the blueberries themselves so glad you watched for the bubbling in the center.

  9. BLUEBERRY PIE BARS – I have made this recipe twice, exactly as written; DELISH! I can’t think of one thing I would change. I used frozen blueberries and didn’t thaw them. The first time I made this was for a friend and 2 days later for family. Rave reviews both times. I’m thinking of other fruit to use instead of/in addition to blueberries. This is definitely a keeper!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you love this recipe and have made it twice in two days!I think it would work great with other berries as well as peaches, nectarines, etc. in the summer!

  10. These are wonderful and I think would be great with raspberries or blackberries. To cut the sweetness I only used 1/4 c. of sugar in the filling and 1/4 c. in the berry layer. Also, I used plain Greek yogurt – with no sugar added (unlike vanilla yogurt) that helped cut the sweet too. Lastly, my berries were thawed an quickly drained (a little juice left) and I felt like that gave the bars just enough juice, but not enough to make them runny. They hold together nicely.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and yes they are great with raspberries and blackberries, I’ve done those combos with great success.

      I am glad that the reduced sugar as well as plain Greek yogurt worked just fine.

      Thanks for sharing how much you drained the juice, some but not bone dry, for the perfect amount of juiciness in the finished bars!

  11. I have made these bars 4 times this summer and they have come out great each time. I found a way to make it more “diet friendly” by cutting all the sugar in half for each layer and it still tasted great! Also used 4 teaspoon of four instead of cornstarch since I didn’t have on hand. Used frozen wild Maine blueberry’s and it tasted just as good a fresh! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that cutting the sugar in half for each layer works great as well as the frozen berries!

  12. I made the blueberry bars gluten free and monk fruit for sugar really good I also used 1 &1/2 cup frozen berries and 1/2  cup fresh baking time was the same. Thanks I always like your recipes. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and great to hear that it worked well going GF and with alternate sugar as well as with half fresh and frozen!

  13. Excellent! I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour and it turned out beautifully — everyone enjoyed it. I also reduced the sugar by about 1/4 cup for each layer (crust, filling, berries) and it was still plenty sweet enough. Thanks for a keeper, Averie!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thank you for the 5 star review and glad that this worked great with Bob’s 1:1 GF flour. And that you were able to cut the sugar back on all 3 layers by a bit. Great to hear!

  14. My dad gave me some fresh berries he grew and it was the perfect amount for this recipe… after having stuffed a handful in my mouth that is. Great recipe! Easy to make, turns out great. I can see myself using this as a base for experimentation in the future. I accidentally cooked it for the longer frozen berry time and it turned out perfectly, btw. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad this recipe was perfect for your berries and that you can see experimenting with it more in the future, too!

  15. These look amazing!! We live in Maine and have free wild berry fields to pick from. My husband and I foraged our first round ever last week and have been looking for a recipe. If these work out for us it will be fun to freeze some and later remember our adventure!

    Question: I don’t have Greek yogurt or sour cream in my fridge, but I do have plain, regular yogurt. I imagine that would be a lot more liquidy? Any advice or insight? I also do have cream cheese, but… 🤷🏻‍♀️

    1. To get the right consistency you really do want a thicker yogurt like Greek yogurt or sour cream. I would not start trying to experiment with cream cheese and cutting it with regular yogurt, it may work, but it may not, and cream cheese when baked has a totally different finished texture than the other two aforementioned ingredients. Bottom line, make as written for best results.

      How amazing that you have access to free wild blueberries, what a dream! Enjoy them!

  16. I used unsweetened Greek yogurt. It was so we’ll received at my potluck, I’m bringing it to the next one too!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that this was so well-received that you’ll be bringing it…again! Wonderful to hear!

  17. I have made this recipe three times this week,  with fresh blueberries,  I have given out to the neighbors,  to my own family and all I get are raves!  This is a keeper, and so easy.  Thank you, I followed the recipe exactly using fresh berries. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that you’ve made this three times this week and it’s a keeper for you!

  18. Luv these bars! Thank you for this great recipe! So easy and delicious! Wondering if I can just leave them in the pan overnight and  if I do can they stay out of the fridge just covered with foil? Thank you again! 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that you love these! Yes in the pan overnight and covered with foil is fine.

  19. Hi! Love all your recipes and follow your blog regularly. Had to tell you! I’m going to try the blueberry pie bars but I do have 2 questions not in your FAQ’s: I used to always use foil in baking but have recently changed to parchment to be healthier. Do you think the  parchment is sufficiently ok for lining the dish & helping  remove the bars?  Also, wanting to double the recipe. Do you think it will turn out ok in a 9x 13 Pyrex doubled? 

    1. I use foil because I can get a tighter seal in the corners and it doesn’t lift up like parchment tends to do for me so it’s my preference and I don’t bake with parchment much for that reason so really can’t give guidance. They are definitely not ‘the same’ but possibly it’s ‘sufficient’.

      9×13 would be fine but noticed you said it’s Pyrex. I never line glass pans only mental ones, just fyi.

  20. Simply yummilicious from the first bite to the last😍 I found fresh blueberries freshly picked & they were perfect.  The crust was so divine as well as all of the layers! My husband said this was a sure fire winner‼️

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad these were perfect and your husband loved them as well!

  21. Lady, you knocked it out of the ballpark on these! They turned out delicious. I substituted the butter for extra virgin coconut oil, and forgot the brown sugar. I also used fresh blueberries. They were moist, crumbly, and the blueberries were dripping out slightly. I will definitely be making these again. They were perfect for my 4th of July gathering. Thank you. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you think I knocked it out of the park, even without the brown sugar :) This is one of my personal favorite desserts and glad you will definitely be making it again too!

    1. Yes I would imagine since I would have recommended a 9×13 if you doubled the recipe, so these will be thicker and likely take slightly longer to bake.

  22. These are delicious! Buttery, savory, and sweet! My son and I made these and they are almost gone! They are a hit! We will be making again!!! 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you and your son baked together and will make these again!

  23. I made this last night with fresh berries. Sigh, I had the best dreams. I used more sugar cuz the berries seemed tart. I regret that as they would have been plenty sweet. The buttery crust and textured filling was DELICIOUS 😋.  I used the same bowl for each layer. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad they were delicious! Now you know for next time re the sugar but for me, I would’ve done what you did too and add more :)