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
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
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.