When you live in the Southeast, Spring comes early. And this year, extra early. Today I saw – and smelled – honeysuckle blooming. The strawberry fields opened for picking the second week in April, which rarely happens. For me, this means that I can break out all the fresh strawberry recipes that I’ve been saving up.
I’ve collected a few recipes for strawberry bars that look scrumptious, but this one stole my heart because it doesn’t just use a jar of jam for the strawberry punch. It uses real, fresh slices of strawberry. And that, I promise, makes all the difference.
Before you begin making the bars, you’ll first want to slice your strawberries, sprinkle them with sugar and let them sit for about 15 minutes so the juices come out. This is called macerating. Careful – don’t mispronounce that one. It could be embarrassing.
Strawberry Oat Bars (adapted from here)
– INGREDIENTS –
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
3 cups strawberries, thinly sliced
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar