Easy Strawberry Oat Bars
Easy Strawberry Oat Bars come together quickly and are totally customizable - use your favorite berries or fruit for a great seasonal sweet.
- Strawberry Filling
- 1 16-oz. Jar Strawberry Preserves
- 2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
- 2 cups Chopped Strawberries
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Oat Crumble Crust
- 1 cup Salted Butter, cut into cubes
- 1.5 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1.5 cups Oats
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the preserves, 2 tablespoons of flour, lemon juice and chopped berries. Mix well to incorporate the flour and lemon juice. Set aside.
Oat Crumble Crust
In a food processor combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, lemon zest, kosher salt and butter. Pulse until the mixture is a sandy consistency. Transfer the flour mixture to a large bowl and stir in the oats.
Assembling the Easy Strawberry Oat Bars
Pour half of the oat and flour mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a meat pounder or a thick jar or glass to firmly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Top the pressed crust mixture with the berry and preserves mixture. Use a a flat silicone spatula to smooth the berry mixture into an even layer.
Top the strawberry layer with the remaining flour and oat mixture. Spread evenly across the top of the fruit. Lightly press the flour and oat mixture.
Bake the Easy Strawberry Oat Bars for 35-45 minutes, until golden brown.
Let the Easy Strawberry Oat Bars cool in the baking pan set on a wire rack. The bars will firm up as they cool. When completely cool, slide the bars out of the baking pan and cut into squares.