Strawberry Oat Bars

School is out (for us anyway) and we are officially in summer mode!

That means backyard barbecues and get together with friends. It also means I have kids I need to keep occupied all day long and since we live in Arizona, that means we do very little outdoors during the summer, since 110+ degrees makes outdoor activities less than pleasant. So, we find fun things to do inside the nice cool air conditioned house. One of those things being cooking/baking. Yes that may mean turning on the oven for a bit, but believe me it’s better than sitting in the oven outside! (If you want a no bake summer recipe give these Frozen Bananas a try…so good!) These bars are perfect for the kids to help with, and don’t take long in the oven.

 

These Strawberry Oat bars are delicious!

Not too sweet, light, and the perfect snack. These are easy to customize for your family. Go ahead and replace the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Use a non dairy butter, almond milk instead of regular,even frozen strawberries.

 

These would honestly be delicious as a breakfast bar too without the drizzle. (Or go ahead and drizzle and eat for breakfast, I would/did.) They would also, probably, be amazing with a scoop of strawberry or vanilla ice cream…I’m just guessing…maybe.

This recipe does make quite a few, in a 9×13 pan, so go ahead and make bunch! They will go fast!

 

Strawberry Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2-3 cups strawberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 9x13 pan with parchment paper, leaving a little hanging over 2 sides, so you can grab them later. Or spray with non stick spray.
  • In a food processor, puree the strawberries, cornstarch, granulated sugar and lemon juice. You can puree it to your desired texture. Leave chunks if you like, or puree to a jam consistency. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar.
  • Pour in the melted butter and stir until clumps form and it is crumbly. You may use a fork, pastry blender or your fingers to do this. Add the milk if it seems too dry.
  • Press half of this mixture into an even layer in the bottom of your prepared pan. Set the other half of the crumbs mixture to the side.
  • Pour the strawberry puree on top of the crust layer.
  • Sprinkle the remaining half of the crumb mixture over the top of the strawberries. Some strawberries will show through. That's ok.
  • Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes or until the crumb topping is getting golden and smells amazing.
  • Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting or you will have a crumbly mess. (You can put it in the fridge to speed it up.)
  • If you are going to use a glaze, use this cooling time to prepare it. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon milk. If you want it thinner, add more milk a little at a time until you get your desired consistency.
  • Once the bars are cooled, drizzle with the vanilla glaze and cut into squares.
http://www.recipeforasweetlife.com/strawberry-oat-bars/

 

 

 

 

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8 comments

  1. Melissa says:

    These look absolutely delicious! Strawberries are just coming into season here, ill have to give this a try. I know my kids (and husband… and myself 😉 ) will love them!

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