Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Today we're eating a post-breakfast breakfast snack.

Because today is one of those days that starts out totally normal with the alarm clock, the gym, a shower, and breakfast, and then evolves into car sputtering, my service engine light, a frantic phone call to the husband, and meeting cancellations.  And then anxious thumb-twiddling as I sit around not knowing what to do with myself for an hour before we can swap cars.

For someone who often gets bored with routine, I HATE when plans change unexpectedly.  But I'm nearly 32.  No use trying to figure myself out now.

In related news, I took twenty minutes this Sunday to put these bars together for no clear reason other than the ingredient list was short, the recipe was easy, and I had a feeling the baby (blamin' it all on the baby now, folks) may want a treat this week.  Picture your favorite cereal bar, but imagine it being organic and non-processed with no preservatives, artificual colors, or sweeteners.  Picture it coming from your oven, crunchy and gooey, baked with love and health in mind.  Do I need to convince you any further how easy and delicious this recipe is?

And here we are.  Today calls for a post-healthy-breakfast, not-breakfast-but-could-be-breakfast treat.  Something to take the edge off when the edge sets in and it's only 9:30am.  I'm so glad I have these unplanned strawberry breakfast bar beauties just lying around!

I'll probably need another one tomorrow when I get the bill for a new transmission or something, but let's just deal with today today, shall we?

Strawberry Breakfast Bars
Makes 16 bars

1 3/4 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c oats (instant or regular)
1 c brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
10 oz jar organic strawberry preserves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 9 x 13 or 8 x 10 baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.

Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.  Using two forks, a pastry cutter, or a potato masher, cut in the butter until it resembles coars crumbs.
Sprinkle half the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and pat it lightly to pack it into the dish.
Spoon the strawberry preserves evenly over the surface and spread it around using a knife.
Sprinkle the rest of the oat mixture over the top and pack lightly again until firm.
Bake until light golden brown on top, about 30-40  minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan before cutting into squares or bars.

1 comment:

Alexandra Stafford said...

These bars were in the oven about 15 minutes after you posted the recipe. Totally DELICIOUS! I brought about a quarter of the pan to one friend and another quarter of the pan to another friend, and they were in heaven. So, I had to improvise a little wasn't that I had to, but I had been trying to make granola bars all week, and I had the base of my granola bars — a mixture of oats, coconut and almonds — in the food processor just sitting there waiting for me to finish them, so I basically just added enough whole wheat flour to bring the quantity of the dry ingredients up to 3 cups (like yours) and then added all of the remaining ingredients that you add. I did it all in the food processor, so the texture of mine might not be as nice as yours, but it was super easy, and oh my goodness, they are delicious! I cannot wait to make another round following the recipe exactly as you prescribe. Thanks so much! Kiddos loved them, too.

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