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OATMEAL BARS

Quick and Easy Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Introduction

These Oatmeal Bars are a delightful treat with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth crumb and a customizable jam filling. They are perfect for breakfast or dessert, requiring less than 10 minutes of prep time.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12-ounce jar raspberry preserves (or your favorite jam)

Instructions

  1. Preparation:
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 7×11-inch baking dish with butter or shortening.
  1. Mix Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the old-fashioned oats, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  1. Combine Wet Ingredients:
  • Stir in the beaten egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract into the dry mixture until well combined.
  1. Assemble the Bars:
  • Split the oatmeal mixture in half. Press half of the mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
  • Warm the raspberry preserves in a saucepan over low heat until softened. Spread the preserves over the oatmeal mixture in the baking dish using an offset spatula.
  • Crumble the remaining oatmeal mixture evenly over the raspberry layer.
  1. Bake:
  • Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  1. Cool and Serve:
  • Allow the bars to cool completely in the baking dish before slicing into bars.

Tips

  • Grease Baking Dish: Ensure the baking dish is well-greased to prevent sticking, especially since jam can be sticky.
  • Jam Variation: Experiment with different flavors of jam such as strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, peach, apricot, or cherry.
  • Butter Substitute: You can replace 50% of the butter with almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or coconut oil for a different flavor profile.
  • Chocolate Chip Variation: For chocolate chip oatmeal bars, skip the jam and add 2/3 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the oatmeal mixture before baking.
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Storage and Serving

  • Cooling: Allow the bars to fully cool before slicing to ensure they hold together well.
  • Refrigeration: Due to the jam filling, cover and refrigerate the bars after they have cooled.
  • Storage: Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing: To freeze, fully cool the bars, slice them, and layer them with wax paper or parchment paper in a sturdy freezer-safe container. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.