Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

You know what I haven't done in a while? Posted a recipe.

It's really odd because I LOVE to cook, and really enjoy being in the kitchen, but I rarely post any recipes online. I don't know if it's because I don't think my meals are blog-worthy (enchiladas, spaghetti and turkey meatballs, and steaks + broccoli are some of my faves) or if it's because I never think to take pictures of anything until my food's already half eaten off my plate. Probably more of the latter.

But today, you get a special treat. Raspberry oatmeal bars using homemade raspberry jam. The recipe I based mine off of can be found here. Being the rebellious gal I am, I made a few changes of my own.

Raspberry Jam
Measurments are approximate
1 cup raw raspberries
1 tbs sugar
lemon zest

Put raspberries in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat. After a few minutes, mash the raspberries with a fork and stir continually. Add sugar and lemon zest. Keep on low heat for 10-15 minutes until all sugar is dissolved and the jam is a "jammy" consistency. I know, I have such a technical vocabulary.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
1 c.whole wheat flour
1 c. raw oats
1/2 c. brown sugar
dash of salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbs. butter
1/4 c. applesauce

Combine first five ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend together. Add butter and applesauce and mix by hand or with a pastry blender until entire mixture becomes crumbly (it should be loose in the bowl but if you squeezed some with your hand it should hold it's shape). 

Put all but 1/2 cup of mixture into a greased 8x8 baking pan and pack down evenly. Spread raspberry jam evenly to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the pan. Sprinkle remaining crumbles evenly over jam (it shouldn't cover all of the jam) and press down lightly. Bake in oven on 350 for approximately 30-35 minutes.

Cut into squares and serve hot or cool. Store in dry storage container.

I'd love to know if you decide to make some of these delicious bars! Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Yummy, those look so good! I've made a pb&j version of these and they don't last long round here haha. Crowd favorite for sure! I'll haveta try these next!

Gwen said...

Looks so yummy and pretty easy to make. I just might have to try this, perfect for a quick breakfast!

The Handey Way said...

Those look amazing! Thanks for the recipe, I might have to try it this weekend.

Anonymous said...

You're like Martha friggin Stewart!

Casey Aslan said...

YUM! Raspberries are my favorite! I must try this ASAP!

Delia Barnas Kearney said...

Those look delicious!! On my must try soon list :)

Kayla MKOY said...

Any meal is blog worthy ma'am!! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing, I'm bookmarking this!

Nicole Rose said...

I am SO going to try this. :)

xx Nicole Rose

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