Celebrity Wife Blueberry Oat Squares

Adapted from Deceptively Delicious, by Jessica Seinfeld, 2007 

Spinach Puree
Ingredients
1 bag baby spinach

Directions
Steam for 30 to 40 seconds in steamer basket just until wilted.  If you don’t have a steamer basket cook spinach with one tablespoon of water for 90 seconds, till wilted.
Pulse spinach in mini food processor or blender until creamy.

Blueberry Oat Squares
Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups rolled oats
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup Earth Balance trans-fat free soft tub margarine spread, chilled
1 cup blueberry preserves
½ cup spinach puree

Directions
Preheat oven to 375, spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray and line pan with 2 overlapping strips of parchment paper.
In a large bowl mix first oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt & vanilla.
Using two knives or a large fork cut add margarine and cut into mixture quickly until it looks like coarse meal. You will still see clumps of margarine.
Press ½ the oat mixture into prepared pan and bake until lightly browned. 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl thoroughly stir preserves and spinach together until it is uniform in color.
Pour blueberry-spinach mixture over partially baked oat layer.  Top with remaining oat mixture and bake until topping is slightly browned, 25-30 minutes.
Set the pan on a rack to cool completely.  Using parchment paper as a handle, lift mixture out of pan onto a cutting board and cut into 16 squares, your choice.
NOTE:  Cool completely before eating to allow any residual spinach flavor to dissipate.


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