Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs & Rose Petals

by Irvin on May 22, 2017 · 9 comments

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These rhubarb and blueberry oatmeal bars are absolutely magical with the addition of cacao nibs and dried rose petals, yet they are really easy to make! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Rhubarb & Blueberry Bars w/Cacao Nibs and Dried Rose Petals. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

“This flavor combination is magical!” said my friend Alanna after she took a bite of my rhubarb blueberry oatmeal bar with cacao nibs and dried rose petals. I can’t take all the credit for it, as my friend Lily (of Kale & Caramel) had sent me a small jar of rose and cacao nibs along with her fabulous new cookbook Kale & Caramel (<–affiliate link). I have been saving the jar to sprinkle on something special and these bars were the exactly that. The cacao nibs in the jar inspired me to add them to this fruit oatmeal bar, elevating them from pretty great to magical.

Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs and Rose Petals. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I met Lily for the first time in LA a couple of years ago. We met up for ice cream in a shop out in Los Feliz, which is nowhere close to where I usually hang out when I go to LA. But I was willing to drive across town to meet up with the woman behind Kale & Caramel. Lily showed up and proceeded to amuse us with a hilarious story about the date she was going on (or already went on?) with a Catholic priest. Hanging out next to us were Lauren Graham (of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood) and Mae Whitman (of Parenthood and Arrested Development) and I probably never felt so LA in my entire life because when I usually hang out in LA, I eat Thai food with my local friends and never see celebrities. To this day, I occasionally random turn to AJ and say “remember the time we got ice cream with Lorelei Gilmore, Bland and Lily?”

Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs and Rose Petals. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

But back to these oatmeal bars. My love of rhubarb is well documented here on this blog. This Spring alone, I have made a rhubarb lemongrass cheesecake and a strawberry rhubarb Meyer lemon shaker tart. But since I had more rhubarb in the fridge, I reached for blueberries this time (a combination that I adore) and create an oatmeal bar. The cacao nibs are little bit a genius (if I do say so myself). It’s a remarkable addition, one that gives an earthy chocolate nuttiness, without actually adding chocolate, nuts or sweetness. And, of course, Lily’s cookbook was an absolute inspiration as well, since she’s pretty much a magical creature. Go check it out immediately.

Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs and Rose Petals. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs and Rose Petals. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.


Easy to Make Rhubarb & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars with Cacao Nibs and Rose Petals. Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.
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[email protected] is How I Cook May 23, 2017 at 8:43 pm

I have to agree. These do sound heavenly!

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode May 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm

I feel like rhubarb has such a short season that it’s like YAS MAKE ALL THE THINGS with it.

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Lily | Kale & Caramel May 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Omg this is amazing!!! Thank you so much, Irvin—I’m honored to be on ETL today. These bars sound SO GOOD and I actually have everything I need to make them in my house at this very moment. It’s a sign!!! I so appreciate all the K&C cookbook love, and I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the book so much. Yay! Also LOLOLOL re the priest. I feel like I need to clarify that he was Episcopalian—I wasn’t being a crazy person trying to draw a Catholic priest away from the cloth. LOL! Amazing. These are some top notch ice cream eating mems. Let’s do it again super soon. Adore you!!!

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Samayra September 16, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Barras de cereal é muito bom e essa não deve ser diferente é um lanche muito bom para fugir das tentações diárias.

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