Strawberry Oatmeal Crumb Bars

OK, I’ll be the first to admit that these are not the prettiest of bars. But don’t let their looks fool you. These strawberry oatmeal bars are ridiculously addicting and one of the best things I’ve made in a while. You have to trust me on this. They are breakfast (oatmeal, strawberries), snack and dessert all in one treat. I love making bars with crumb toppings, but what about having the crumb on both sides of the bar??

That is what I did with these strawberry oatmeal bars. I took Krusteaz’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Mix and turned it into a double crumb coating for a strawberry filling. Sandwiched between two brown sugar oatmeal cookie crusts, the warm baked strawberry filling is just the summer touch to take these bars over the edge. It’s warm, crumbly and hearty. The hubs brought a pan of these to work with him and he said they were gone in 10 minutes as his workmates enjoyed them with their morning coffee.

Strawberry Oatmeal Crumb Bars


Prep

Prep Time: 35 min Total Time: 1 hr Servings: 9

Ingredients

Filling: 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
¼ cup granulated sugar Juice of half a lemon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons flour

Crumb Layer: 2 cups Krusteaz Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookie Mix
½ cup rolled oats
A pinch of salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan and line with parchment. Grease the parchment.

In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the filling. Toss the strawberries until all the flour is incorporated. Let berries sit and macerate for at least 20-30 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the mix, rolled oats and salt. Using your fingers, incorporate the softened butter into the dry ingredients until crumbs form. Press about half of the crumb mixture to the bottom of the prepared pan. Evenly spread all the strawberry mixture over the crumb layer. Finally top with the rest of the crumb mixture and be sure to even distribute it.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until strawberry filling is bubbling and top is golden brown.

Remove from heat and set onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.