Strawberry Oat Bars

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)

Printable recipe

– INGREDIENTS –

1 1/2 stick of butter, at room temperature
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

– PREPARATION –

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 13 pan.
1.  In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light in color and fluffy.
2.  Add flour and baking soda.  Mix well.
3.  With the mixer on low, stir in the oats and the water.
4.  Press half of the batter into the pan.  Spread the berries over the first layer and top with the remaining batter, packing down slightly.
5.  Bake for 35 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and cut into bars after cooling.

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2 thoughts on “Strawberry Oat Bars

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