Strawberry Oat Bars

Okay, I’m going to tell you a secret.  These pictures are actually not new.  I have been really wanting to try something like this for awhile.  I was absolutely amazed that when I made the very first batch, my family told me not to change a thing.

Really?  I got it right on the first try?  Nice.

Strawberry Oat Bars. Easy breakfast or treat recipe with all ingredients found in my homestead pantry. Has potential for using other berries for this as well.I wanted to make a versatile bar that I could make using a variety of fruits depending on what I had on hand.  I pulled some strawberries out of the freezer, and got to work.  I usually have to make several batches of a new experiment, but you get the first one.  The only problem was, I didn’t know what to call it.  Hence, this recipe has been sitting in my queue for awhile.

I finally decided on Strawberry Oat Bars.  (Or are they cookies?  Or breakfast bars? Oh well.)  They will be affectionately called “tractor snacks” here in the Farmer house 🙂 .

Here’s the recipe:

 

In your first bowl, mix:

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 Cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup very soft butter

 

In a pan, heat together:

  • 1 Cup cleaned and cut up strawberries (or frozen)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Just a splash of water to turn the sugar & cornstarch opaque

 

Stir strawberries often while heating.  I did this pretty much at the same time as I was preparing the first bowl of ingredients.

Take half  (to maybe just a bit more) of your dry mixture and press it firmly down into your prepared baking dish.  I pressed it all down with a cooking spoon, and then used my hands.  I wanted the bottom to be solid and not crumbly, so I tried to get this pressed pretty well.

Next, carefully spoon your strawberry syrup mixture on top your bottom crust. If you spread it around, it will tear up your crust.  So this will take a little bit of patience.

With the last part of your first bowl, chop up the crust into a crumble, and then lightly shake it over the top.

 

Bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes until the top starts turning golden.  Take out and let cool.  It took an hour for ours to cool (seriously).  After it is cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

Strawberry Oat Bars. Easy breakfast or treat recipe with all ingredients found in my homestead pantry. Has potential for using other berries for this as well.

Cooking tips:

  • I bake at 6000 ft (altitude).  If you are below 3500 feet or so, I would suggest adding up to 5 minutes to your cooking time.  Note:  I have not tried this, so watch your bars really closely.  If someone at low altitude bakes these, would you please leave a comment about how long you baked them?
  • I used a clear, glass baking dish.
  • I stored these overnight in a Tupperware container, and they were still yummy with no signs of staleness.
  • I cut these into 12 squares, although they would have made 24 smaller bars if I was using them as a snack for the kids.
  • These were surprisingly very filling.  Two bars, a piece of fruit and juice made a filling breakfast.

 

I’d love to know if you try them, or use a different type of fruit.

 

17 Comments

  1. These look delicious! We have food allergies in our family but the flour can easily be substituted with gluten free and the butter with earth balance butter. I will be trying these soon. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

    • I haven’t experimented much with substituting with gluten free products in this recipe, but I hope you’ll let me know how that works. As for the butter, you can always make your own like we do–it’s really not as hard as people would think and much better 🙂 .

  2. These look really good…. and I can think of several variations. Great idea. 🙂

  3. Yum, these look delicious. You guys eat some interesting things for breakfast 🙂 this for us would be a sweet snack with a cup of coffee or tea. Either way this would be great. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

    • They are wonderful, if I do say so myself. This will probably just be a tractor snack or afternoon treat most of the time. I do like to make nice Sunday breakfasts, so I’ve now made it a couple of Saturdays to go with fruit, yogurt and juice for Sunday mornings. We usually have oatmeal with some kind of fruit in it for breakfast the other six days of the week. Maybe you can try one sometime…I noticed your “clan” Pinned them 🙂 .

  4. With strawberry season coming up I cannot wait to make these! I think I might try to make them w/ almond flour and coconut sugar. And I love how your pictures actually look real…beautiful yet not like a fake, too perfect, unedible bar. 🙂

  5. Good morning! Happy Monday to you 🙂

  6. Thank you JES. It’s always a busy party over there with plenty of lovely selections. I fully intend to make an appearance 🙂 .

  7. I am so making these!! Mmm, strawberry, apple, peach…oh the possibilities are endless! pinning 🙂

  8. This is the kind of thing I like to make to be able to grab on the run. Thanks for posting.

  9. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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