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Fast & Easy Fresh Berry Oatmeal Bars

21 April 2009 9 Comments

I have a weakness for those big containers of fresh strawberries at Sam’s Club. I know I shouldn’t buy them – they’re really too much for just a couple of people – and yet, I end up getting one almost every time I go there. I just can’t resist all those bright red berries.

Consequently, every couple of weeks, I am desperate for a way to use up a bunch of berries before they go bad. Such was the case this past Saturday. I had also been cleaning out my pantry that day, as part of the Kitchen Cure, so I was intimately familiar with what I had in the pantry and what needed to be used up.

Oatmeal + strawberries = Fresh Berry Oatmeal Bars = yummy!

Fast & Easy Fresh Berry Oatmeal Bars

Fast & Easy Fresh Berry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cup fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced (or other berry of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with baking spray.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and oats until well combined. Add butter to bowl and rub with hands until a crumbly dough is formed. Divided dough into two portions. If desired, mix white chocolate chunks into one half of dough.

Press half of dough (with white chocolate, if using) into bottom of pan.

Cover with sliced strawberries in an even layer. Sprinkle with cornstarch.

Sprinkle remaining dough over the top, and lightly press. Don’t worry if some of the strawberries show through; it’s all good. If desired, sprinkle top with raw sugar.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and set. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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Eat one, then eat another one. Then hide the pan before you eat the rest. Immediately go visit your stairmaster.

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Nutritional Info calculated with BigOven Recipe Software

Calories: 228
Fat: 10g, Sat Fat: 6g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 14g
Protein: 4g
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9 Comments »

  • Brenda said:

    How many servings is the nutritional I donation for?

  • Brenda said:

    Sorry – nutritional information

  • Digigirl (author) said:

    Sorry Brenda – I don’t remember! But it is a 9×13 pan, so if you just cut them into approximately 2″ squares, that’s most likely about what I did. That would give you the number of servings.

  • Stephanie said:

    Does this use old fashion oats or the quick oats?

  • Digigirl (author) said:

    Hi Stephanie! I only ever buy old fashioned oats, so that’s what this uses.

  • Marcella said:

    We’re these crunchy or soft?

  • Digigirl (author) said:

    Mostly soft with little bits of crunchy in the topping. Thanks for stopping by, Marcella!

  • Jean said:

    Great recipe- I made it a few weeks ago for a preschool potluck. I used coconut oil instead of butter and gluten free flour mix & oats so it was gluten and dairy free so some kids who otherwise would not get dessert could eat it too. It was a huge hit with everyone. The coconut oil made them super delicate and light.

    I have a 2nd batch in the oven now using butter and I added 1/4 tsp xanthan gum to get them to bind a little more as my gluten free flour mix was low on the binders. They smell so good!

  • Digigirl (author) said:

    Sounds like great changes, Jean! So glad it was enjoyed.

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