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Blueberry Rye Crumble Bars

Wild blueberries, hearty rye flour and oats come together to create a delicious Nordic-style crumble bar.
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Course: Dessert, Fika, Snack
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian
Keyword: blueberry bars, blueberry crumble recipe, crumble bar recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Freeze: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Kristi


For the Crust:

  • ½ cup dark rye flour I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crumble:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons rye flour
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled

For the Filling:

  • 3 cups blueberries preferably wild (frozen is fine)
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Finely grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of coarse salt


  • Make the crust:  Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 9 inch cake pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside of the pan, with enough overhang so that the parchment covers the bottom and comes up and over the sides by a couple of inches creating a sling.  Place the parchment inside the pan. Butter the bottom and up the sides of the parchment just a couple of inches (see photo).
  • Combine flours, brown sugar and salt together in a work bowl of a food processor. Process until combined.  Add melted butter and vanilla. Pulse until fully combined and the texture of wet sand.
  • Transfer dough to prepared pan. Set empty work bowl aside to use for the crumble (no need to rinse).   Press dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan, using the bottom of a metal measuring cup to smooth it out and press it flat.  Place crust in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the crumble:  Combine all ingredients except the butter in the work bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until combined and oats are slightly broken up, approximately 5-7 pulses. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add melted butter.  Stir with a fork to combine. Set aside.
  • Place the frozen crust in the oven.  Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling:  Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Stir over medium low heat until berries begin to give up their juice, about 2-3 minutes.  Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has become jamlike in texture, about 2 more minutes.  Remove from heat. Set aside to cool.
  • When the crust comes out of the oven, increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees.   Spread the blueberry filling evenly over the top of the crust (a small offset spatula works really well here), taking care not to touch the hot pan.
  • Squeeze some of the crumble mixture together in your hand.  Tear off irregular-sized pieces of the crumble and scatter it in an even layer over the top of the blueberry filling.  Crumble pieces should be ¾ inch in diameter or smaller. Repeat with remaining crumble. Press gently on the top of the crumble with the back of a spatula to create an even layer and help the crumble stick together.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until crumble topping is crisp and golden brown.  Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly before placing in the fridge for a few hours to chill bars before slicing.  
  • Before serving, run a small knife along the inside edge of the pan to loosen any blueberries that may be stuck to the sides.  If you have chilled the bars in the fridge, gently lift the parchment paper sling and remove bars in one piece from pan. Cut into squares and serve.  If you have simply let the bars cool to room temperature without chilling, slice the bars in the pan into squares and serve.


Adapted from Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce and Scandinavian Cooking by Beatrice Ojakangas


Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg