Hey everyone! We hope you had a great weekend and that your week is off to an amazing start! It rained here all weekend so we didn’t get much done, just tested out a new recipe for you (which turned out soooo good!) Did you do anything fun? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you know one of the best parts of summer? All the fresh produce! There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables to bake with, it’s amazing! Our favorite fruit is strawberries. Growing up we would go strawberry picking and we would load up on as many strawberries as we could fit in our buckets and of course, as many as we could eat! Then, we would use those strawberries to make homemade jam, freeze it, and have it for the rest of the year. If you’ve never had homemade strawberry jam, you have to try it! It’s so amazing!
But we’re not talking about strawberry jam, so we’ll just hop out of this rabbit hole and talk about Homemade Strawberry Oat Bars. These are the most amazing bars EVER! They’re almost like a strawberry crisp with a crust. These can even do double duty! You can use them as a breakfast pastry OR as a nice, easy, delicious summer dessert. And you can even pretend its healthy because it’s got strawberries, right?
Some tips on making this recipe: make sure you line the pan with parchment paper, it makes it easier to take the bars out and makes clean up a little easier. Once they are done baking, let them cool completely to room temperature before you cut them, it will be cleaner and easier if you do (trust us we’re impatient and didn’t wait: what a mess!). If you want really clean cuts, we suggest letting them chill in the fridge before cutting into bars!
Now, for our eco friendly-ness of these bars:
For the sugar we used the Wholesome Sweeteners cane sugar. We love this sugar and totally recommend it! All of their products are fair trade and use sustainable practices for farming. Fair trade means that the farmers and beekeepers that work for Wholesome are paid a fair and living wage for their work.
For Flour, we use King Arthur Flour. They use American grown wheat which they mill in America as well. This means that there is no need to worry about it being Fair Trade (it naturally is, as there are laws/regulations in the US). They also work to have environmentally friendly practices and are working for better practices in the places they can!
The Strawberries, we bought at a Farmer’s Market. Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables is always best, whenever you can. When you do this, you are more than likely supporting a small business and it’s more eco-friendly. This is because the fruits and veggies travel less distance, so there are less emissions from the gas used in transportation.
Now for the recipe, what y’all really came here for!
Strawberry Oat Bars
for the filling:
2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
4 tsp water
for the crust & topping:
1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 sticks butter, softened
- Start by removing the tops and quartering your strawberries into a small saucepan. Add the sugar. Cook over medium heat until most of the strawberries are crushed, about 10 minutes. While your strawberries are cooking, mix together the cornstarch and water. When it reaches this point, stir in the cornstarch-water mixture and boil for 1-2 minutes (it’ll thicken a little). Remove it from the heat and let it cool COMPLETELY before using.
- Once your filling is cool, make your crust and topping. Start by mixing together the brown sugar and butter with a fork. With your hands, mix in the flour and oats until they’re incorporated with the butter/brown sugar. If you would prefer, you can use a mixer for this step.
- Once everything is mixed, firmly press 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of a 8X8 in pan. Spread the strawberry filling on top. Then, crumble the remaining oat mixture on top of the filling.
- Bake on 350F for 35 minutes. Cool Completely before cutting. Enjoy!
Also, check out our how to video on how to make these!
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