Strawberry Jam Bars with Oats

What a yummy, goey and healthy treat for Memorial Day! The holiday isn’t over yet, so let your kids have this sticky mess, then wash up before hitting the pool.

 

 

 

Strawberry Jam Bars with Oats ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup low-sugar jam or fruit spread
  • 1/3 cup dried fruit, such as cranberries

Strawberry Jam Bars with Oats instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9 pan or use a silicone liner.

In a large bowl combine everything EXCEPT the jam and cranberries and use your hands to kneed everything into a big ball (or let the kids do it). Set aside about a cup of the oat mixture. Pour the rest onto your prepared pan and push it down, to the edges and everywhere so you have a flat layer of oat mixture covering the bottom of the pan completely. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Then smear the strawberry jam on top, coating the oats completely. Sprinkle on dried cranberries. Finish by breaking up the remaining oat mixture into little chunks and distribute evenly but don’t worry about making it a full layer. The jam and cranberries should peek through. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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