Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

We’re having absolutely beautiful autumn weather here in Rochester, NY.  The starts to the days are chilly, but are followed by delightful fall weather of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60’s or low 70’s all week long.  It’s unusual for late September to be like this here and I’m loving it.  It helps that we have our patio finished now so I can bask in the sunshine and savor every last bit of it before the weather takes a turn for the worst.  Sun-bathing during the day, campfires at night…so awesome.  I promise I’ll share a picture of the patio with you next week!

This dessert I’m sharing with you today  is SO simple and SO delicious and would be perfect for guests coming over or just for a great snack to have around the house!  I am a huge fan of oatmeal bars, jelly-filled bars, and anything of the sort with tons of texture and these bars have it all.  You can’t beat the smell of anything oats cooking in the kitchen…I just love that toasty smell.

I have made these a few times now and everyone loves them. I’d love to try these with other flavors of jam in the future, but I have a feeling I’ll always prefer the strawberry.  These oatmeal bars would be great for breakfast, snack, or really any time of the day.

Oh, and this has to be healthy, right?  I mean, it has oatmeal and fruit in it! (You just have to ignore the addition of the butter and sugar, of course). :)  Have a great weekend!

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with strawberry jam, a Pioneer Woman recipe.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with strawberry jam, a Pioneer Woman recipe.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with strawberry jam, a Pioneer Woman recipe.

I used a frosting spreader and it worked great for this.

INGREDIENTS:

1-3/4 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
1-1/2 cup Oats (quick Or Regular)
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 jar (10 To 12 Ounce) Strawberry Preserves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 10 baking dish.

Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight. Spoon strawberry preserves evenly over the surface, then use a dinner knife to carefully spread it around. Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.

Bake until light golden brown on top, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.

When cool (or pretty much cooled), cut into squares and serve.  They are best when served slightly warm.

Recipe source:  thepioneerwoman.com

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

35 Responses to “Strawberry Oatmeal Bars”

  1. September 27, 2013 at 7:51 AM #

    I always liked the first few weeks of September when I lived in Buffalo. It was so crisp and sunny usually!

    These bars look really tasty! I’m wondering what king of jam I have in the fridge…

    • September 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

      Yeah you never know what you’re gonna get in upstate NY! But it has been gorgeous :)

  2. September 27, 2013 at 8:28 AM #

    Love how simple these are! Perfect little snack!

    • September 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

      Thanks, Marie!

  3. September 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    The strawberry preserves sounds delicious in these. And, oats on top definitely makes me think these would make a great breakfast!

    • September 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

      Yes, strawberry preserves and oats make for the best breakfast ever! :)

  4. September 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM #

    Yummy those bars look fantastic Ashley! Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • September 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM #

      Thanks Eric! As always :)

  5. September 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM #

    Aw, I absolutely adore buttery oatmeal bars… and of course, the scent of toasting oats!
    Happy weekend :D

    • September 27, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

      I’m glad we’re in agreement about toasty oats :)

  6. September 27, 2013 at 1:08 PM #

    These sound amaaaazing!! I bet they would be delicious with all different types of jam/jelly!

    • September 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Yes, I can’t wait to try other ways!

  7. September 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM #

    Ashley, I just adore anything strawberry and oats that is baked. Your Strawberry Oatmeal Bars look delish! Perfect for brekkie, dessert or for a quick snack. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Fall weekend!

    • September 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Brekkie..haha love it!

  8. September 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    Your patio sounds great! : ) And I remember seeing these bars and they sound wonderful (I think Ina Garten has a similar recipe). I’m glad to hear you liked them so much. I’d love to try it one day.

    • September 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Definitely try them! Thanks, Monica!

  9. September 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM #

    This looks like a great dessert for a potluck or a picnic (or any other day at my house… heh heh). Have a great weekend, Ashley! :)

    • September 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

      Thanks, you too Eva

  10. September 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    These look so delicious!!

    • September 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

      Thanks, Rachel!

  11. September 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

    I want to hug you because I was just wondering what to do with some jam I made! Perfect!

    • September 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

      Now you know! ;) Thanks, girl!

  12. September 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM #

    What delicious looks bars!

  13. September 27, 2013 at 11:12 PM #

    I’m so jealous of your lovely fall weather. It’s still HOT here in Texas. And these bars look fabulous! Fruit and oats definitely cancel out butter and sugar. :)

  14. September 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM #

    Yum…these strawberry oatmeal bars look scrumptious. :) How nice you’ve got cooler weather already. It’s only slightly cooler here at night in CA. Mid-days are still pretty hot. I can’t wait for cooler weather and get those sweaters and jackets out!

    • September 29, 2013 at 1:08 AM #

      I like when the nights are cool because it makes for good sleeping weather!

  15. September 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

    These oatmeal bars sound delicious. What a great autumn morning breakfast!

    • September 29, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

      Thanks, Ruby! Definitely a great breakfast!

  16. September 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM #

    I love the sound of your weather. It sounds like you’re having the best of both worlds. It’s a bit like that here except that we’re waiting for things to get even warmer rather than cool down. I’ve been trying to follow you on Pinterest however I’m clicking on the follow button but nothing’s happening. I won’t give up! xx

    • September 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM #

      Awww thanks Charlie! I think it worked! I will return the follow :)

  17. September 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    Perfect…homemade, but quick and easy! Yes! Welcome,Fall!

  18. October 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM #

    I’ve made these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars before…they’re soo good!!!

    • October 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM #

      Thanks, Kelly!!

  19. October 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM #

    “Sun-bathing during the day, campfires at night!”- Looooove it too!! ;) And these bars, whew! They sound super yummy!!

    • October 3, 2013 at 12:54 AM #

      Yeah, that’s the life alright! :)

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